>So, let’s not kid ourselves – I’ve always adored good grub. However, I have to confess that of late I’ve been seized anew by all things food-related. So, for the sake of emptying the brain of the stream-of-consciousness thoughts, here’s a collection of random musings on the subject:
1. I’ve started a little list of foodie folks, both local and afar: https://twitter.com/bethanystephens/good-foodie-folks. Suggestions welcome.
2. I’ve been delighted by a fresh interest in improving and better marketing the downtown Rogers Farmers’ Market. A group within the NWA Emerging Leaders (www.NWALead.com) Downtown Rogers workgroup is working with the market and Mayor Steve Womack, and I’m anxious to see good things develop. Let us know if you’re interested in getting involved.
3. Some other favorite foodie folks the region should know more about: Sarah at The Green Bean, https://www.nwafoodie.blogspot.com/, my dear friend Terese Post of Post Familie (www.postfamilie.com) fame and now heading up statewide culinary programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, and of course Mark Bray (chief coffee guru, importer & roaster at World Garden and Benton County Cooperative Extension Agent, all-around super nice guy). I list them because I think we should all have a round table and discuss changing the (local) food world!
4. I’ve been delighted by some recent food developments: World Garden’s ever-growing and fantastic doings, the recent UrbanFarming/Triscuit community garden unveiling in Bentonville, the Cobblestone Project’s work on “The Farm” (https://bit.ly/duwj8S) etc. Good stuff! More please! Of course, I’m also enthused by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and attempts by the White House to improve school lunch quality. A recent ramble on that subject: