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Saturday, August 2, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 59.0° F  Fair
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R.P.'s Pastas frozen dinner debuts at Metcalfe's Sentry

As the local food movement burgeons in Dane County, synergy has taken hold in a really good way. Creative and entrepreneurial advances seem to elicit even more enterprise. A new, locally sourced frozen dinner debuting Friday at Metcalfe's supermarket is Exhibit A in this connectivity. Let's count the connections. >More
 Part of the solution

Twice a month at Madison's Whole Foods store, marketing director Amanda Jahnke Bauer leads a tour of the grocery, pointing out ways shoppers can economize. Buy from the bulk aisles, purchase store-brand items, use coupons, she advises. >More
 Making food, rebuilding lives

On a hot summer morning Greg Nance chops beets, celery, potatoes, red onions and scallions - much of it grown in local farm fields - in the commercial kitchen at Porchlight Inc. >More
 Area carrot eaten by area man!

Earlier this month while at a family reunion in Green Bay, I got into a stimulating discussion about contemporary food matters. (Yes, believe it or not, Brett the Jet wasn't the sole topic of conversation in Packerland this summer.) A young relative was knocking the popularity of sustainable foods with comments like, "You know the word 'organic' starts with the same letter as 'overpriced'" and "Buying local foods is a double standard. Do you buy clothes from local sources?" And the corker: "Eating local is just a fad." >More
 Farm talk with the Mayors Innovation Project

When Mayor Dave Cieslewicz convened a meeting of the Mayors Innovation Project recently in Madison, the topic of local food was high on the agenda for the gathering of progressive-minded city officials from across the country. >More
 Kickapoo Country Fair celebrates organic farming's success

The Kickapoo Country Fair, which runs next Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, requires a 90-or-so-mile trip from Madison to La Farge. It's a marvelous drive. Highway 14 west through the rolling hills and valleys of the Driftless Area is one of the prettiest passages in Wisconsin. And the fair itself is a signature event of the Midwest alternative food movement. >More
 Behold the farm bill

So often something mind-numbingly boring and horribly complicated can be really, really important. Forgive me, then, for subjecting you to a column about the 673-page farm bill of 2008. >More
 Strawberry (or Blueberry) Cheesecake Shake recipe

Novelist Wally Lamb once wrote: "Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love." Give some, too. Making milkshakes - or love - is a pleasurable endeavor with deliciously sweet results. And what a treat for a languid summer day. >More
 Tokyo turnips and table radishes recipes

Table radishes and salad turnips are great in that venue; they're juicy, crisp, fresh-tasting nibbles that need nothing but sea salt or a zesty dressing to accent them. But they deserve more consideration than that. >More
 Willi Lehner, cave man

How good can Willi Lehner's cheese making get? That question occurs to me as Lehner leads me on a tour of the underground curing cave he's built on his 16-acre spread in the picturesque town of Vermont near Blue Mounds. >More
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