07 Feb '12, 7pm

USDA grants $44 million to help the local food movement grow #wecanpicklethat

USDA grants $44 million to help the local food movement grow #wecanpicklethat

In case you think pickling is just another excuse to put Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in goofy wigs , think again. Along with products like jam, flour, and beef jerky, pickles count as “value-added” foods, and they’re at the core of what it will take for the local food movement to mature beyond an easily parodied trend. You see, without these higher-value, less perishable products, farmers and ranchers working at a small, sustainable scale and selling their products locally can rarely make a real living. In addition to the home food preservation trend, small businesses are also working to fill the gaps that exist between heavily processed, industrial foods and local produce — and the result is often minimally processed “value-added products.” Such products allow farmers to extend their season, providing a way for locavore consumers to, say, eat peaches in February, a...

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