Food news roundup

A useful and timely piece in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) pulls back the veil on shopping at farmer’s markets. Depending on which market you’re standing in, that farmer you’re buying strawberries from may have never touched them. Great list of markets, too. Read the article here. I love farmer’s markets, but you do need to be aware of the restrictions (or lack of them) for specific markets. Also, dogs are not allowed at most of them, and correct change is always appreciated.

At the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Kathleen Purvis plays tour guide in New York City for fellow food writer Andrea Weigl. They actually ate salads. Once. Read the revelations here.

Instead of finding out just how low your bank balance is, you can get a big scoop of Maple View Farms ice cream at a new emporium in Raleigh. The Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) says that Fresh on Glenwood Avenue is in a converted bank building, and the former drive-up teller window now has a sweeter function. Read more here.

How does a self-respecting White House pastry chef cope with the healthy eating habits of the Obamas? He doubles as First Beekeeper. Read more in the New York Times, here.

A new volunteer organization modeled on AmeriCorps aims to bring fresh, local food to public schools. Read more in The Portland Oregonian, here.

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