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Sensory Overload: Songs About Food

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Rev. Horton Heat "Eat Steak"

Have you noticed a new sound on This week we embedded Spotify’s new music player at the bottom of our homepage, and are spinning a diverse playlist of songs about food for your listening pleasure, curated by the writers at HuffPo Food.

As the digital music streaming service Spotify unveiled its new embeddable player, Spotify Play, this week, HuffPo Food created a playlist aptly titled Songs About Food. The playlist features 29 songs by a range of artists from Talking Heads to Neil Young, Beastie Boys to The Supremes, and all of the song titles are food-focused. This is the perfect playlist “to eat with, cook with, entertain with, travel with or just zone out with.” Give it a listen, and let HuffPo Food know what other songs you’d like featured. Leave a comment to submit a request – they’ll be expanding the playlist to keep the tunes fresh!

Happy listening!

Happy HOMEGROWN Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

I am the Flock-Tender here on  I am keeping a chronicle of my experiences learning, living, and growing a homegrown lifestyle fresh out of college.

Ahhh, Thanksgiving. A holiday for all of your HOMEGROWN senses! From the turkey to the pie, there’s lots of good food – and family farmers – to be thankful for. May your tables sag under the weight of all the gastronomical goodness! Although the fare usually takes the cake (er, the pie) on Thanksgiving, I am getting back to the root of the holiday this year – celebrating the farmers that grow our food and connecting with folks that we share it with.

Photo Courtesy of Farm Aid

My family’s own holiday menu was crafted after we harvested what we grew and perused local markets over the weekend to find fresh, seasonal foods in our region (check out this downloadable menu from our friends at Farm Aid and fill it in with your own dishes). We hoped to get the “Connecticut Grown” stamp on everything we purchased, but extended our reach into other New England states. While “eating our zip code” this Thanksgiving eliminates some old standby dishes from our table, it allows us to experience the bounty of the season through others. Adios, green bean casserole; hello, mashed celeriac!

I am truly thankful to be able to enjoy local foods grown by family farms, instead whatever wilted veggies and oversize turkeys you can get last minute from the major food corporations. It sure tastes better keeping food dollars in our local economy and supporting family farmers on the land. Celebrate family farmers and independence from corporate control this year – stage your own version Occu-pie Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of Farm Aid

Prepping, preparing, and enjoying these foods connects us back to the root of our food system – the family farmer – and sharing them brings the connection full-circle. From the seed, to the soil, to the farmer, to the eater, food is a beautiful thing to celebrate. Passing the platters of good food between good folks instills the sense of community and conversation that we enjoy each day on! Start a HOMEGROWN discussion over your meal. Share with each other what you’ve been growing, doing, crafting, and cooking with each other.  Experience together and share new skills and ideas this Thanksgiving. Take the conversation off-line and back to the HOMEGROWN roots around the kitchen table! Let us know how you celebrated, and what you ate, this year.

However you celebrate this year, and whatever you’re cooking, I hope that your holiday is full of good food, good friends, and good times! Happy Thanksgiving.


Accepting Submissions for the End-of-Season HOMEGROWN Fair!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Recently I traveled back to my roots in rural Connecticut to celebrate an annual agricultural tradition – the Durham Fair.  The Durham Fair is the largest agricultural fair in Connecticut, and growing up as a local, I’ve never missed a fair season! There’s something magical about fair season; a wonderful communal culmination of a year of agri-culture that connects us all back to our roots.

Photos courtesy of Caroline

The beauty of agricultural fairs is the celebration of a rich farming history and homegrown skills.  Family farmers who have worked the land for hundreds of years come back annually near harvest time to show their animals, crafts, art, baked goods, preserves, and plants, share traditional skills and demonstrations, and to eat amazing food and enjoy the exhibits.  Community groups and schools work behind booths to sell their products and their food – much of it local and in support of community-building initiatives.  The spirit and culture of these fairs reminds me very much of the philosophy of – a space for folks to come together and share their knowledge and skills with one another and to enjoy a lively conversation about good food and good living.

Photos courtesy of Caroline

As we approach the end of the harvest season and prepare for winter (here in the Northeast, anyway!), we can all take a little time to look back on a year of progress in living HOMEGROWN.  Share your successes, failures, thoughts and experiences with the HOMEGROWN community – fair-style. Anything new that you’ve done, built, created, explored, or learned, share with us!

  • Submit photos of your backyard livestock, chickens and pets.
  • Post recipes for your favorite dishes that use locally-grown ingredients.
  • Share planting, growing, and food preservation tips.
  • Upload instructions on creating homegrown art, crafts for the upcoming holiday season, or projects you’ve been working on all year.
  • Create a virtual skillshare of new skills learned and share with others.
  • Comment on other’s work, and foster the sense of community that we are proud to build on

While we can’t display your bountiful harvests, beautiful dishes, and crafty projects in a physical space, we want to share them with all in our community through the fall season. Upload your photos, videos, and blogs with “HOMEGROWN Fair” in the title so that they are recognizable submissions.  Of course, we will award prizes for the best of the best – a prize pack, HOMEGROWN Mix-Tape, and a few surprise goodies.  We want to showcase the work that you’ve done this year and how you’ve done it! So get those submissions ready and enjoy the first-annual, end-of-season HOMEGROWN Fair!

Photos courtesy of Caroline