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Farm-to-counter may not be a thing for most of us, but it is a service that Bolyard's Meats delivers all the time. Bolyard's is a butcher shop that works directly with farmers on the beef, pork, lamb, poultry and more. And in a really unique spin, you not only buy fresh from the farm meats at the meat counter, but you can get a great meal too. And you can eat that while watching the butchers at work in the cutting room from a lunch counter! In this episode we talk with chef and butcher Chris Bolyard who shares his passion for whole-animal butchery, sustainable practices, and providing high-quality meats to his customers.  Here are some key points from the episode that will capture the interest of food and cooking enthusiasts: Chris emphasizes the importance of understanding where your food comes from and the impact it has on its quality and taste. He highlights the strong relationships his business has with local farmers, visiting their farms to learn about the animals' upbringing, diet, and living conditions. Seam butchery is a technique used by Bolyard's Meats, allowing them to offer a wide variety of meat cuts to their customers. They take pride in introducing customers to new and lesser-known cuts, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones. Chris highlights the importance of minimizing waste and utilizing all parts of the animal to create value-added items like charcuterie, deli meats, sausages, and more.  The holiday season is already on the mind of folks in food service. We discuss the increased demand for their products during the holidays, including fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving and standing rib roasts and tenderloin roasts for Christmas.  Links Available: See videos of beef being broken down in the cutting room and an interview with the farmer who produces beef for Bolyard's Farm-to-Counter post on  Bolyard's Meats website Price Family Farms website (beef source we talked with) Buttonwood Farms (poultry source)
As we change seasons, we're talking seasonal foods with chef Zane Dearien at a unique restaurant in St. Louis' Central West End -- Bowood by Niche. The restaurant is paired with a garden center, providing a perfect patio environment to enjoy a relaxed meal with friends and family. Our conversation focuses on the importance of utilizing seasonal foods and the on-site herb garden at the restaurant, and ways home cooks can up their game too.  During the interview, several key topics are covered: Zane's background in food & the restaurant industry. The restaurant's unique concept of combining a restaurant and garden center, offering guests a garden atmosphere and relaxed dining experience. Zane emphasis on seasonality and freshness in his menu planning, focusing on using the freshest ingredients available each season. The on-site herb garden at Bowood, where they grow a variety of herbs used in their dishes, ensuring the utmost freshness and flavor. The growth of Niche from one restaurant to a network of great neighborhood chef-driven experiences throughout St. Louis under direction of chef Gerard Craft.  We also talk through the challenges and rewards of working in the restaurant world in a few different ways:  The misconception of the glamourous chef life portrayed online and in the media versus the hard work and dedication required in the industry. The importance of building relationships with local farmers and the need for flexbility at times due to complications of weather, etc.  Links Available: - Bowood by Niche website:  - A video on the on-site herb garden at Bowood: - Detailed show notes post & photos on additional info   
With Cahokia on our minds after our last episode, we turn to my backyard of St. Louis and are digging into more Native American food and farming history. Joined by guest expert Dr. Gayle Fritz, an anthropologist and professor emeritus from Washington University, we uncover the mysteries of this once-thriving metropolis and its food and farming footprint. Get ready to have your mind blown as Gayle delves into the incredible discoveries and hidden histories of Cahokia. It was major city and the largest metropolitan area long before Europeans arrived here. It was the largest city north of Mesoamerica between 1000-1400 CE. Did you know that the original residents of Cahokia cultivated crops we still grow like corn, squash and nuts? They also grew so-called "lost crops" as they are no longer in production?They even had their own version of quinoa! Plus, we'll explore the various purposes of the mounds found in Cahokia, from ceremonial rituals to burial grounds. Whether you're a foodie, history buff, or curious about native heritage, this episode will leave you hungry for more knowledge. So grab a snack and tune in to "Grounded by the Farm" as we dig deep into the culinary legacy of Cahokia!  Key topics and moments from the episode: The difficulty in fully understanding the Cahokia site due to limited archaeological search and human activities like farming, ranching, and construction. The ongoing discovery of history at Cahokia, including occasional finds due to erosion during bad storms. The cultural and historical significance of Cahokia as a major city and trading hub. The role of mounds in Cahokia and other Mississippian sites, serving various functions such as ceremonial sites and burials. The interconnectedness of St. Louis and Cahokia, with similar pottery and the presence of mounds in downtown St. Louis. Links Mentioned: The book on Cahokia's food Dr. Gayle Fritz has written is Feeding Cahokia: Early Agriculture in the North American Heartland (Archaeology of Food). It's available through this affiliate link on Amazon  Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: Interview with Dr. Natalie Mueller on the lost crop of erect knotweed 
Did you know that rice is grown in Southern Illinois where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi? And there's actually a rice that has been bred to deliver a higher protein content that makes it low glycemic too!  We talk with farmer Blake Gerard of River Bend Farms about the unique challenges of growing rice, how he came to grow and market an enhanced variety of rice, and some of the ways it's grown. His operation is very different from many farms as he's right along the river... so even in a year where many Midwestern farmers have had issues of drought, the water table on his farm kept everything growing.  We explore the intersection of food and farming and shed light on various environmental pieces that touch rice from filtering muddy river water into crystal clear water, thanks to the soils natural filtration powers.  See photos, a video farm tour and more:  A post that provides definitions of some of the rice farming terms we used:  Cahokia RIce online Website on instagram at  Facebook at and YouTube at     
The marbling of wagyu beef adds benefits to the tenderness and flavor that makes it stand out according to Jeff Swanson. We visit Jeff & his family in Adams, Tennessee -- just an hour or so from Nashville. We delve into the history and flavor profiles of this extraordinary beef in this episode. Find out what makes wagyu different -- on the plate as well as the  pasture -- as we hear the history of the cattle and how the Swansons settled on this breed and have been building their family operation from the ground up. Whether you're a steak aficionado or simply a fan of delicious food, this episode will have you salivating. From chuck eye roll roasts to sirloin tips or ribeyes, Jeff shares their expertise on utilizing different cuts of wagyu to create exceptional steaks.  For photos & video:  Find the Swansons on Instagram at and Facebook at 
So often, a podcast interview opens up whole new areas of discovery and here, food and farm books can help provide additional depth. In fact, the last few episodes opened that curiosity for host Janice Person who jumped on a friend's book recommendation. Now Janice shares recommendations for 10 books in the food and farm space!  The books Janice talks through here are: To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure and Dinner in Your Own Backyard by Tamar Haspel Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food by Pamela Ronald & Raul Adamchak The Wizard & the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles C Mann The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little  The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Dan Stone  Cuisine & Empire: Cooking in World History by Rachel Laudan Two books by Edna Lewis -- The Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor The Complete Food & Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie Baszile Access links to in-depth reviews, where to purchase, etc at
We continue discussions about food and farm on the Gila Indian Community in Arizona. In this episode we talk to Terry Button about the work he and his wife Ramona are doing at Ramona Farms.  Terry shares some of the foods the Pima people have eaten for generations, sharing the roles of corn and tepary beans and some of the foods that can be foraged in the desert. Sourcing heritage corns from friends with backgrounds from other tribes has allowed them to expand the native offerings.  Tepary beans were a key staple for the Pima and yet few in the US are familiar with the bean. Terry has developed a deep appreciation of them and explains the unique flavors of tepary beans, native to the Southwestern region and cultivated by indigenous communities. We share insights from their kitchens including recipes too.  We also explore the rich history behind American Pima cotton, a crop developed by the USDA and named after the Pima reservation because of the connections to traditional production and genetics. This episode is filled with fascinating stories and knowledge that food and farming enthusiasts won't want to miss. So tune in and get ready to be grounded by the farm! See our tour of the farm on Youtube at  Get more photos and video on the podcast's website at  
Let's go on a journey to the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, to travel locations and understand differences in time. We look at water use over time as host Janice Person interviews two expert archaeologists, Kyle Woodson and Wesley Miles. Together, they discuss the prehistoric use of irrigation in the Gila River region and the historical significance of the Akimel O’otham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) people. Join us as we explore how farming practices have taken root in these fascinating cultures and learn how the past informs the present and future of agriculture in the area. Whether you're a foodie, farmer, or simply interested in learning more about the rich history of food cultivation in the US, this episode is a must-listen. The following resources are mentioned in this episode: Grounded by the Farm website  Video of tour of Gila RIver This is the Gila River Indian Community's website providing information about the tribes and their culture. Huhugam Heritage Center: This museum, located near the casinos on the northern boundary of the reservation near Phoenix and Chandler, presents the stories of the community and their peoples. An article the Smithsonian Magazine recently did on the community & the water issues.
I love veggies from a backyard garden but I have to admit, I am not the most committed gardener. And I definitely have never kept my backyard in event space shape. After visiting Mortimer Farms in Dewey, Arizona, I'm pretty sure I would leave the food production to them and enjoyment to me!  That would be fine to Ashlee Mortimer who's family started farming this property years ago on a lease and was later able to purchase it. And they are now growing 54 crops here, many open for u-pick customers as well as available harvested for sale in the farm's market. You won't want to miss some of the foods they make themselves in the market or the Windmill Kitchen. We talk about all of that as well as more in this episode. See our tour of Mortimer Farms on Youtube: Read the blog post: Mortimer Farms website: 
We offer a deep dive into the world of winemaking, sustainability, and the family-run business of St. James Winery in Missouri talking with Brandon Hofherr (marketing director) and Sam Cobb (vineyard manager). From the rich history of Missouri as the first AVA in the US, settled by German and Italian immigrants, to the challenges of overturning restrictive laws on winemaking, the story of St. James Winery is a testament to the power of persistence and passion. It's also a great stop along Interstate 44 with a tasting room & brew pub on the grounds. We get into the vineyards themselves, taking a closer look at the importance of sustainable practices in winemaking and the use of AI technology to develop better blends and optimize water use. As we learn, the decision to invest in technology is a balancing act in the quest for better quality while remaining eco-conscious. For those who love food and the environment, this episode is filled with interesting information on the vital role that grape growing and winemaking play in our ecosystem. It's a reminder that what we eat and drink encompasses not just the ingredients on our plates but also the people who grow them, the environment that nurtures them, and the history and innovation that drive them forward. So pour yourself a glass of wine, relax, and tune in to this fascinating story of a family and their winery, rooted in tradition and inspired by the future. See video of the vineyard tour on our YouTube Channel or on the website at Learn more about the winery at 
Urban farming has so much potential but it can be hard to make a living doing it. With the economy today, every city and town seems to have more people experiencing homelessness. In Iowa, there is a unique approach connecting individuals utilizing services at Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) to fresh local food in a win-win and a unique farm right downtown. The facility has been growing vegetables every summer for years but this winter, they opened a greenhouse. Now, some of the people looking for the next steps to housing and employment are spending time planting seeds and growing skills.  Urban farm manager Aaron Thormodsen and Josh Spain who connects the farm program to culinary efforts at the facility and to restaurants in town sit down with Janice to talk about what the program is seeing, how trainees and local chefs are finding more common ground and more.  See the greenhouse tour on either our YouTube channel or the Grounded by the Farm website Learn more about Central Iowa Shelter & Services through: The CISS shelter website and the site's Mulberry Farms page The Shelter's Facebook Page CISS on Instagram If you would like to support the Mulberry Farms program & planned agrihood, you can donate to the greenhouse program or purchase some things from the farm's Amazon wish list and have it shipped directly! There is also a wish list for the shelter if you'd like to provide some of the items needed there as well. 
Shelby Smith never expected to be a farmer, so it may be fitting that she's a kind of farmer almost nobody thinks about. Shelby is a cricket farmer. Right in the heart of the Midwest.  She describes this space as one changing quickly and compares it to the reality there was a time most Americans probably thought avocados were odd and wondered why others ate them, while some of us now absolutely crave having guacamole now. We talk with Shelby about whether crickets may be the next big thing in foods and why she believes that. We also talk about: Shelby's background growing up on a farm and stumbling into cricket farming when doing research for her next career Trying new foods thanks to a diverse palate -- crickets, tongue tacos, etc. Some people may not like the visual aspect of certain foods What a cricket barn is like and why climate control is critical Buying and growing crickets Feeding practices for crickets New cricket barn excitement Biosecurity and pest control on the cricket farm Food safety considerations for crickets Age is not a barrier to trying cricket-based products. You can see a tour of the farm at  Where else you can find Grounded by the Farm is our hub for photos & videos, blog posts, show notes, podcasts are here and more. You can even get new content emailed once a week as we publish by subscribing. Find your favorite foods or fun food educational resource information on the website. Groundedbythefarm_ on Instagram TikTok @groundedbythefarm Grounded by the Farm on Youtube Grounded by the Farm Facebook Page  
Holidays bring together an amazing combination of foods & traditions, but how often do we step back and talk about how our families celebrated the holidays 25, 50, even 75 years ago? That's exactly the conversation we have with my mom (Ada Person) today. She shares her memories of holiday celebrations in the 1940s explaining what was on the table for meals, the gifts & decorations all. And we talk about some of the factors that have driven changes in the seventies as she raised kids and much more recently as grandchildren and great grands are a bigger part of the equation.  Recipes for several of the dishes are now on our website  And you can find photos, detailed shownotes, etc at
We're off the farm in this episode as listeners and friends share their holiday foods and traditions. As we listen to these five people tell us about the foods that must be a part of their festive season, it's impossible not to reflect more on our own traditions. It's also likely to make you want to visit someone else's holiday table to try at least one dish!  You'll hear from: Ari Mateos (Mexicali, MX) who shares tips on why pozole is different during the holidays and the best part of bacalao (a traditional dish made with cod) Josie Gordon (AL) who's family celebrates a traditional Southern Thanksgiving with turkey & dressing, but who's Cuban roots lead at Christmas Nikki Miller Ka (NC) who says holidays are fairly similar with proteins like turkey, ham or lamb enjoyed but Southern Mac & Cheese is critical!   Dana Zucker (MD) who welcomes guests at Sugar Water Manor shares about Hanukkah and the latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts) Rosemary Mark (CA) discusses the holiday cakes & noodles through her family's lens as immigrants from Germany and her husband's family immigration from China.  We share some more notes on and access our full series of episodes and posts on favorite holiday foods from the farm and kitchen! 
We first talked with cranberry farmer Amber Bristow more than two years ago. She did an amazing job helping us understand this uniquely American fruit grown on vines low to the ground with water added at harvest to float the berries to the top making them easy to collect!  We catch back up with her picking up on some of the things that have changed in the past two years. Cranberries went viral with a skateboarder, Amber dipped her toe in the TikTok world, we created a lesson plan to help elemntary students learn more about this great food and a cran-baby joined the family farm!  See videos, photos and get links to the products discussed at 
Back in 2020, we talked with Shannon Latham who runs a pumpkin farm up in Northern Iowa. Well, now that 2022's pumpkin season has rolled around, we headed back to the pumpkin patch to find out what the latest news is for Shannon and Enchanted Acres. Shannon shared a range of favorite foods -- pumpkin pudding, Pumpkin pie and of course pumpkin muffins for breakfast (and throughout the day) She also shares some decisions to make when it comes to running a pumpkin farm. And while people tend to think about pumpkin patches for six weekends in the fall, farm families have something on the calendar most of the year with planting, pest management and there's all that time thinking about what to plant. The episode from 2020 was edited & remastered and has the update here too! 
Have you ever considered beekeeping as the path to teaching leadership skills and tap passions? Kamal Bell has been doing that on his first generation farm in Cedar Grove, NC. As we sat down to discuss the farm, we found chairs and sat down in a hot tunnel surrounded by seedlings to be planted soon for fall/winter harvests. We talk through getting the bee hives ready for winter. Kamal admits he wasn't a fan of bees before. Starting hives was actually a suggestion of one of the youth in the farm's agricultural leadership program. The lessons from the hives keep coming and they draw a lot of interest from young and old.  See photos, video & more at Follow Sankofa Farms on Instagram
Pawpaws are one of a handful of unique fruits and vegetables native to the United States, and yet they are not nearly as widely enjoyed as the holiday must have cranberries!  One of the reasons they aren't as well known is the primary way to get pawpaws is foraging for them. Jeff Hake sits down with us to talk about pawpaws and other fruits being grown at Funk's Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains and some of the products they are making too. Katie and Jonathan Funk grew up on the family farm & playing in Funk's Grove. Now, they are working with Katie's husband Jeff to try different practices and crops. They are creating unique food products using heritage grains and crops they grow as well as foods foraged from the grove. They have planted a combination of grains and offer some baking and bread mixes. And with the fruit trees they have planted they offer fruit leathers and other yummies. All of it is available just off the historic Route 66 in Illinois or online.  See photos, video & more at  Video of our farm visit  Jeff shows how to make fruit leather 
Common ground is a phrase that is said less frequently these days, and environmental common ground isn't what everyone expects happens when sustainability experts and farmers sit down together. But maybe we should. The health of our soils, shifting weather patterns and the role of greenhouse gases and more means there is a lot to talk about and work on too. In this episode of Grounded by the Farm, we talk with Missouri dairy farmer Alex Peterson and Alisha Staggs, a sustainability expert who leads the dairy program with The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) North American Agriculture program. TNC is one of the world's largest and most respected environmental organizations. This is the third and final episode in our series on dairy. We visited two dairy farms in Oklahoma, talked to a cheesemonger and now look at the environmental footprint. Shouts out to Midwest Dairy for sponsoring the series and helping us line up participants. Please let us know if you have questions remaining about dairy. See photos and a video on the site 
Not many of us look at palm trees and immediately think of growing dates and yet, this episode may change that for you! And that's one of the things that visiting a date farmer brings out, but the process of working trees that reach the heights and ages of date palms also brings up more questions. Luckily, I found the right place in the Coachella Valley just outside of Palm Springs to get all my questions answered -- Hadley's Date Gardens where Albert Keck was ready to show me around. And some of the trees I saw have been in the valley for 80-100 years -- that's a lot of jam, cookies, energy bars, etc!  The push for taste and nutrition in our diets means dates are a popular item these days. And workers -- called palmeros -- go up and down the trees half a dozen times a year to deliver that sweet treat to us! We talk about the steps in growing them and Albert tells us about the ways dates can help us recover from that hot desert sun.  See photos and videos at 
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