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Northeast Ohio has a history of making things. Today, along with liquid crystals and polymers, it’s salsa and artisan cheese. A hot new food scene is simmering among local growers, chefs, producers, educators and epicures, and from now on, every Friday, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman will sample new offerings in “Quick Bites”.


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Local fruits help a new popsicle business start to gel
It's a mom and pop, literally, and both are former farmers

“Farm to Pop” is the slogan of a new small business launched this summer in Akron.  A couple of former farmers from Cuyahoga Falls produce ice pops in small batches by hand. And despite the cool weather in its inaugural season Popsmith is proving to be popular at area farmers’ markets.
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Why Northeast Ohio farmers disagree about the latest farm technology
Genetically modified organisms are seen as a boon to conventional farms and a threat to organic agriculture

On Saturday, protestors in Akron, Cleveland, and hundreds of cities worldwide will take part in the second annual March Against Monsanto. The multi-national food conglomerate claims its genetically-modified plant seeds increase crop yields and could ensure the world’s food supply. But critics have raised enough health and environmental concerns about the new farm technology that 70 countries have banned them. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talks with local farmers about the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, for sustainable food production.
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Growing greens and self-esteem at Hattie's Gardens
Adults with disabilities are training to become organic farmers thanks to the Hattie Larlham Foundation and Crown Point Ecology Center

It’s been a rich harvest at Hattie’s Gardens. Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and beans have grown -- and so have the people who planted them. They are adults with disabilities learning how to be farmers. And as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, they’re in the vanguard of the local food movement.
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A taste of Tuscany at Cleveland's Playhouse Square
Cibreo Italian Kitchen is the latest collaboration of the Driftwood Restaurant Group

At Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the world’s biggest theater restoration project, a new drama is unfolding. But this one’s across the street from the theaters. Whodunnit?  Two prominent players in Cleveland’s cuisine scene. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’ve lifted the curtain on their newest collaboration.
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Scratch-cooking Girl Scout goes for the gold
A 17-year-old gave cooking demos all summer at the Highland Square Farmers' Market in her bid for the highest honor in scouting

Northeast Ohioans are hungrier than ever for farm-fresh, seasonal, local vittles. Convenient, processed and fast won’t do for today’s foodies. They want it slow and lovingly cooked from scratch.  And a new generation may be in the vanguard in the food revolution. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman introduces us to a Girl Scout doing good deeds with food.
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Before you close the lid on the grill
Savory and sage advice from competing backyard grill chefs at Akron's West Point Market

Licking up amid the dying embers of the backyard barbecue season the final, fiery battle has ensued. And a victor has emerged. As we reluctantly prepare to hang up the tongs and close the lid on the grill, Quick Bites today salutes a hamburger champion.
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Veganism comes to Cleveland's Public Square
The owner of the Flaming Ice Cube calls it "compassionate cuisine"

Veganism has a popular new outpost in the heart of meat-and-potatoes Cleveland. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us downtown for a Quick Bite at the Flaming Ice Cube.
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Green vegetables thrive in an Ashtabula basement garden thanks to a hundred ravenous, brightly-colored fish
Happy Greens is a new business using an ancient method of farming

Arugula, bok choy, basil, mustard greens and more flourish near Ashtabula’s harbor in the basement of a ranch house. No soil, sunlight, fertilizer, weed killer or pesticides are needed. Just the assistance of a hundred hungry fish.  For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on the symbiotic food production system known as aquaponics.
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Hemp snack shop offers an energy boost that's legal
Plant Kingdom snacks are high in protein but very low in THC

Crunchy, nutty, and gooey snacks at a new Lyndhurst shop are made from a strain of cannabis.

It's hemp, a plant prized by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, that's now illegal to grow.

WKSU's Vivian Goodman enters Plant Kingdom for this week's Quick Bite.
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Artistry in fruits and vegetables to inspire healthy choices
Clearview High school student artists create a still-life mural for the cafeteria using real apples, onions, peppers, avocados and more

Students heading back to school in Lorain will find something fresh in the cafeteria, not only on their trays, but hanging on the wall. Art students created a mural titled “Healthy Living” and it’s meant to be food for thought. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us into an art classroom filled with fruit and vegetables for today’s Quick Bite.
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Parents take worry-free coffee breaks in a safe zone for allergic kids
North Canton coffee shop owners' four children struggle with food allergies

Parents on guard against allergens have found a safe spot in North Canton. While kids nibble and giggle, parents can sip and mingle. WKSU's Vivian Goodman stops for a Quick Bite and a cup of java at Four Kids Coffee.
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Free-range poultry and more cooked in a wide-ranging mobile kitchen
Scratch cooking with farm-fresh ingredients on wheels

A Portage County farmer who raises free-range poultry and  cooks it up in a free-wheeling kitchen is featured in today's Quick Bite.
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A foodie's tour of Canton
Three restaurants, a pub, and an art gallery in 3 and 1/2 hours to savor the flavor of Canton

A dash of history, garnished with civic pride and topped with a taste of gourmet cuisine is what Barb Abbott serves up in her Canton Food Tours.
WKSU's Vivian Goodman rides along for today's Quick Bite.
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Eric Williams of Ohio City's Momocho opens El Carnicero
Mod Mex comes to Lakewood

Fans of Mexican food are starting to salivate with the opening of El Carnicero set for next week in Lakewood.

WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite that Chef Eric Williams will expand on the concept of his Ohio City restaurant.
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Youngstown gardeners growing produce for sale
Market gardener training is offered for free each spring and summer on a working urban farm

Along with cucumbers, cabbage, and sugar-snap peas sprouting in early summer, Youngstown is rising. The city lost 50,000 jobs and almost lost hope when its steel mills closed, but since the recession ended Youngstown has been fighting back. And WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, that urban agriculture has been part of the city’s comeback.
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Slimmed-down chef sautes "super foods" at the food bank
Glenmoor Country Club's Brendon Meeker shares healthy cooking secrets with food pantry workers and tells how he lost almost half his body weight

“Super foods” are increasingly in the news.  Kale, for example, is newly popular as the “queen of greens.”  It’s loaded with calcium as well as vitamins A, C and K. But at food pantries, when donated kale is offered, it is often rejected. The Akron Canton Food Bank is tackling the problem by teaching pantry operators how to make kale and other healthy options more palatable.
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