April 1, 2012 |
Emily Teel's introduction to the local food industry was as a volunteer. She worked at Reading Terminal Market's Fair Food Farmstand while it was still only a folding table. After a year, she wrote herself a job description and told her employer, "You need to hire me. " In 2005, she became the stand's first manager. "Food became an event," said Teel, now director of public programming for Greener Partners, an organization that supports and raises awareness of local food growers.
February 27, 2012
By Linda Bonvie I guess I really must be out of the loop, because I've just discovered that I live smack in the middle of a "food desert. " Living in a food desert, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, means I have "low access to a supermarket or large grocery store" - defined as being more than one mile from such a store in an urban area or more than 10 miles in a rural area such as mine. According to the experts, this results in poor food choices, a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables, and dinners composed of chips and soda from the corner convenience store.
February 25, 2012 |
For more than a decade, Chester City has been without a supermarket, leading to its designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a "food desert. " That will soon change, and with a unique nonprofit twist. Friday afternoon, Philabundance, best known for collecting and distributing emergency food aid throughout the Philadelphia area, announced that it had purchased a mostly vacant building on Ninth Street in Chester's West End. That building housed the last supermarket in the city to close, in 2001.
January 1, 2012 |
Ann Mack, director of trendspotting for the global marketing agency JWT, predicts 2012 will be the year food emerges as the prominent environmental issue of our time. In other words, concern about the quality of our air, water, and earth is coalescing under an overall food banner as folks become increasingly aware of how and by whom food is grown, harvested, transported, sold, cooked, and consumed - and the implications of those acts. Mack says companies that want to be perceived as being on the side of food justice should take note.
October 6, 2011 |
If you went to the Chinatown Night Market expecting oodles of unusual Asian dishes, you may have been disappointed. If, on the other hand, you went to explore unusual dishes from China, Indonesia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, France and more - and enjoy beer, bubble tea, and Lion Dancing under a harvest moon, you would have been pleased. Thousands were. A crowd of 10,000 was expected at this, fourth night market planned by The Food Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing affordable, healthy food to neighborhoods throughout the city.
September 11, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Duct tape covers a large crack in the premier booth at Hard Time Josephine's Cooking, where waitresses call you "sweetie" and customers come for the steaming shrimp bisque and homemade peach cobbler that leaves a hint of cinnamon on the tongue. Not long ago, such an eyesore at one of Chicago's top soul-food restaurants would have been unthinkable. Despite the name, times were good: Chicago was a bustling center of black America, and people in the neighborhoods savored Southern-style cooking.
August 27, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Before Mardy Fish transformed himself into the player he is today, he compiled a record of 5-8 in his first eight visits to the U.S. Open, never making it past the second round from 2000 to 2007. Before changing his eating and workout habits, Fish didn't make it easy to put together a deep run in Grand Slam tournaments. Not only that, but he didn't necessarily believe he was capable of doing it. Now? Here's how Fish talks about his chances in the hard-court U.S. Open, which is scheduled to start Monday: "I'll certainly feel like I can beat anyone, especially on that surface, at that tournament.
August 9, 2011 |
IKNEW it was going to be a while before the next 24 bus showed up at the Frankford Transportation Center, so I took a seat next to a mother and child who were also waiting for the bus. At first, I was perplexed when the mother yelled at her daughter, who was in diapers, "Sit down and finish your fries and soda!" I wanted to say, "What are you doing giving soda to a child in diapers!" But before opening my mouth, I paused for a moment and surveyed the food options in and around the depot.
July 29, 2011 |
IN the food deserts of Philadelphia's low-income minority neighborhoods, where supermarkets are few and far between, the typical corner store that residents rely on for groceries has been a fat fortress, a high-carb castle, a heart-unhealthy haven for high-fructose corn-syrup drinks masquerading as "10 percent real fruit juice. " But today, if you walk into any one of 580 Philadelphia corner groceries, the first thing that hits you is that this is not your mom and pop's mom-and-pop store.