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Tom Powers

gastrotommy – Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Markets are continuing to pop up around the United States!  In this week’s episode, Gastrotommy host Tommy Powers explains why it’s so important to support these venues, how you can integrate farmer’s markets into your daily life, and reveals his best tips on what to look for when finding a farmer’s market that’s right for YOU.  To help him tackle this delicious topic, Tommy welcomes special guests Poria Belloc Lowndes, founder of the Slow Foods Chapter in Chicago; Laura Levy, a connoisseur of fresh produce; and Herb & Kathy Eckhouse of La Quercia.

Tommy starts off the show by outlining a brief history of farmer’s markets from his insider’s prospective via the restaurant industry.  Tommy speaks of a pre-Whole Foods era in which restaurant owners were the only people able to take advantage of these local sellers.  Things, obviously, have changed.  But how do you, the average consumer, find a Farmer’s Market in your area?  What is the proper etiquette? (ie: To haggle or not to haggle!).  And what are the best ways to tackle your local market to get the most pristine produce for the least hassle?  Tommy dishes out his most scrumptious advice; answering all of these questions and several more!

As his first guest, Portia explains how Alice Waters of Chez Panisse became one of the international spokespeople for the Slow Foods movement–as well as what the Slow Foods movement is.  Portia also discusses her new project, Pitchfork Productions, and goes into detail on why Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is so important (and how shopping at your local farmer’s market can help!)

“Mommy Blogger” Laura steps in to share some of her best recipes and teaches you how to easily integrate fresh food into your daily life by becoming a patron of your local farmer’s market.  Laura also stresses the importance of knowing where our food comes from.

The show wraps things up with a visit from Tommy’s Gastronomy partner, Danny, as they check in with Herb and Kathy Eckhouse and get one last view on local Farmer’s Markets.

Farmer’s Markets give an opportunity to buy organic or sustainable produce. This process not only makes a smaller carbon footprint, but it also helps to support small, local businesses.  Tune in to learn more!