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”.
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.
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.
Here's why you should eat your weeds
Edible weeds are nutritious and often delicious
An abundant source of vitamins and minerals might be right under your feet. It’s absolutely free, but you might be trampling all over it. Many weeds that grow on our lawns and in our gardens are edible. And as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, some of them taste really good.
Sustainable agriculture and artisan cheese at Lucky Penny Creamery and Farm
A family farm and homestead with goats, pigs, chickens, and a mission
Small farms are making a big difference. Ohio’s landscape is dotted with family farms supplying as many as 260 farmers markets, a 150 percent increase in the last decade. Informed consumers increasingly hanker for pesticide and hormone-free, locally-grown produce, and beef and poultry that’s humanely raised. And many new small-scale farmers find satisfying that hunger can be satisfying work. For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to Garrettsville for a tour of The Lucky Penny Farm.
Senator Brown sets the table for foodies and farmers
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's wants his Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to be part of the farm bill now working its way through Congress
It’s almost a revolution. The local foods movement in Northeast Ohio is drawing national attention including a recent write-up in the New York Times. Feeding the frenzy for fresh, seasonal produce that’s grown right here are foodies, farmers, chefs… And a U.S. Senator from Ohio who grew up baling hay.
A body-builder's baby food
She won first-place in a figure competition on a raw food diet and says her babies now thrive on it
Monday night in Cleveland, a champion body-builder can show you how to make baby food. Fresh Fork Market, a local farm-food buying club, is sponsoring the cooking class at Market Garden Brewery. In this week’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the instructor eats a lot of her food raw and believes babies should, too.
The Katz Club Diner
Chef Doug Katz of Fire and Provenance opens side-by-side railcar diners in his own Cleveland Heights neighborhood
Why would a chef who already runs two successful fine-dining restaurants want to open a 1940s style diner? Doug Katz has many reasons including family considerations as we learn in today's Quick Bite.
A banquet of ideas at Akron's Growing Hope Food Summit
Last month's well-attended conference was the second annual food summit sponsored by Akron Summit Community Action
Whether for a quiet dinner by candlelight or a big noisy feast, food brings us together. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that concern about food, especially about access to healthy choices, can also unite the community.
Raise a glass to craft beer week
A nationwide toast celebrates small breweries like Akron's award-winning Hoppin' Frog
Next week is American Craft Beer Week and Northeast Ohio can certainly drink to that. More than a dozen small brewing companies in the region produce many unique and some award-winning styles of beer.
For today’s Quick Bite, we visit an Akron microbrewery that makes one of the world’s top 20 specialty beers.
Fun with fungi
Two old friends who say mushrooms cured their chronic health problems are on a mission to help others
Last week on Quick Bites, we found out about growing mushrooms outdoors on rotten logs. Today the focus is still on fungi as we learn how to grow them indoors.
You can grow your own mushrooms
Local food as easy as falling off a log
Eat the wrong kind and you're dead, but the right kind of mushroom might even save your life. You can buy them in the store, or find them in the forest, but in today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the best option may be to grow your own.
Fruits and vegetables are transforming vacant lots in Akron and Cleveland
It's the plus side of the foreclosure crisis: eyesore vacant lots transformed into farms
Fresh vegetables for inner city food deserts might be the upside of foreclosures. The availability of vacant land is making Akron and Cleveland hotbeds of urban agriculture. For today's Quick Bite, we visit a local restaurant owner at her farm not far from downtown Akron.
Why you should care if honey bees can’t find their way home
How the worst year ever for honey bees limits what you get to eat
The mysterious disappearance of half of our honey bees over the last several years is a threat to the nation’s food supply. Bees pollinate most fruits and vegetables. And if you like steak, worry about that, too, because there’s a shortage of bees to pollinate the alfalfa that cattle feed on.
But Northeast Ohio’s beekeepers are responding to the challenge and determined to keep the supply of local honey flowing. For today’s Quick Bite, we enter a stronghold of beekeeping for the latest buzz on colony collapse disorder.
Craft beer and local food at Akron's "Art and Ales"
Candy, cupcakes and cheese made with local micro-brews
They make craft beer. But it’s more art than craft, according to micro-brewers who gathered recently at the Akron Art Museum.
WKSU’s Vivian Goodman discovers in today’s Quick Bite, that part of the art is combining beer with food.
Afro-pop and antelope in the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art
Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi makes his Cleveland debut at a dance party with traditional African food
A dance party of immense proportions is set for a week from today in Cleveland’s largest free public space.
The spectacular new atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art will be the venue next Friday night for an Afro-pop concert. But first, guests will sit down in the museum’s new restaurant, Provenance, for an elaborate dinner inspired by the music, traditions, and culture of Zimbabwe. For today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us into the kitchen with Chef Doug Katz for a party preview.
Chewing it over with veteran grocer Russ Vernon
The maven of Akron's West Point Market reflects on the changing food scene
Nutrition is in the news often these days amid concerns about the quality and quantity of foods we enjoy. As we learn more about the farm-to-table and local food movements, the perspective of a veteran grocer might be good to chew over. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman invites us for a Quick Bite with Akron’s own Russ Vernon.
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