Backyard Industry

Exploring the intersection between neighborhoods, projects, and food in central Illinois.

Please let your children become farmers. →

farmersfold:

My Twitter and Facebook feeds have been inundated the past two days with links to an op-ed called “Don’t Let Your Children Become Farmers”, in which the author contradicts himself repeatedly and sprays bullets of accusation at everyone around him. The piece frustrated me enough to finally make a…

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Episode Two of the BYI video series got us out to Sidney, IL, to shear some sheep in early spring.

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#backyardindustry  #sheep  #shearing  #sidney il 

The Backyard Industry video series for 2014 started off with this gem, filmed during one of the polar vortices back in January.

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#backyardindustry  #ramen  #urbana il  #Champaign-Urbana  #food  #noodles 
lovagemetender:

Maybe the best fruit we had on the trip. I found these nectarines at the market in Bandol. This woman had a fancy wine set up and then off to the side she had a couple of trays of nectarines, which looked pretty scarred. I was excited because I knew the woman must have grown them herself. In France many markets aren’t “producer only” so people can bring stuff they’ve grown but are also allowed to bring stuff they’ve bought at a wholesale market. It can be tough to figure out what people have grown themselves (unless it’s marked with a sign saying “notre production”). I asked for a kilo of nectarines in what I thought was semi-competent French. She must not have been convinced that I really believed the nectarines were good, because she launched into a long speech about how the scarring was just cosmetic. Or at least that’s what I’m assuming she was talking about, since I couldn’t understand a word. And to prove her point she bit into one of the most scarred nectarines, and declared it tasty. And tasty they were. We took them on the plane to Paris and ate them on our first night there with a simple dinner of cheese and bread. 

Something to keep in mind at markets.

lovagemetender:

Maybe the best fruit we had on the trip. I found these nectarines at the market in Bandol. This woman had a fancy wine set up and then off to the side she had a couple of trays of nectarines, which looked pretty scarred. I was excited because I knew the woman must have grown them herself. In France many markets aren’t “producer only” so people can bring stuff they’ve grown but are also allowed to bring stuff they’ve bought at a wholesale market. It can be tough to figure out what people have grown themselves (unless it’s marked with a sign saying “notre production”). I asked for a kilo of nectarines in what I thought was semi-competent French. She must not have been convinced that I really believed the nectarines were good, because she launched into a long speech about how the scarring was just cosmetic. Or at least that’s what I’m assuming she was talking about, since I couldn’t understand a word. And to prove her point she bit into one of the most scarred nectarines, and declared it tasty. And tasty they were. We took them on the plane to Paris and ate them on our first night there with a simple dinner of cheese and bread. 

Something to keep in mind at markets.

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"It’s the best cookbook no-one’s ever heard of."

Mark Bittman, daring us to publish this thing. Challenge accepted, you wonderful bald smug man.  (via melvillehouse)

I got my copy at the thrift store a decade ago and was blown away. I hear her autobiography’s a good read also.

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#elisabeth luard 
Eat Them to Beat Them →
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Butter Can Make Your Life Better →
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#butter  #ireland  #chocolate 
Hangin’ out with Fran, waitin’ for the first BYI shoot to get underway.

Hangin’ out with Fran, waitin’ for the first BYI shoot to get underway.

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