Grounded by the Farm

Grounded by the Farm

Grounded by the Farm brings food lovers conversations with farmers every other Wednesday. We learn about how the foods are grown, tips on storing & preparing and how their family prepares it, and more.

Episodes

August 10, 2022 47 min

There are titles that go almost unnoticed, but being a cheesemonger definitely stands out! It took a long time but eventually, I met a cheesemonger. That cheesemonger, Jessica Keahey (founder of Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas), led a virtual meetup and cheese tasting & we later met in person as we toured two dairy farms! We certainly weren't short of topics to discuss and Jessica kept coming up with cheese pu...

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I recently had the chance to tour two dairy farms in Northeastern Oklahoma. The differences between the two and some of the similarities among them were really striking. After the tours, I sat down with Anthony & Charlie Coblentz and Logan Courtney, a neighbor whose dairy is just 15 minutes or so away. Touring first helped me see some of the differences and similarities and you can watch the video... you will hear and see both ...

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You hear the dream-like conversations regularly.... people shifting from a small backyard garden to something that will sustain them and their family. How often do you see people do it? For two decades I've had a front row to watch as my brother Ray Person, sister-in-law Elizabeth Kelly & a group of friends created a farm co-op that does just that. This week's episode is a conversation with Ray about the farm in northwe...

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The unique taste of lamb draws me in everytime its on a menu and I think pasture to table lamb is something everyone should try. The Mediterranean flavors just aren't the same without lamb. That's what led me to head southeast from Columbus, Ohio, to the Root family farm.  Kristin Root Patterson shares the family's love of sheep, and how they combine animal care and a love of great food. The Roots raise dorsets, a breed...

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There is nothing that will wake me up faster or better than the smell of hickory-smoked country ham and bacon. And when I want to buy country ham or the "good bacon" (a phrase our family started when several of us showed up for a weekend get together and I brought bacon from Broadbent's while others brought grocery store bacon), it means Broadbent.

Owners Ronny & Beth Drennan talk to us about the traditional process...

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The smell of fresh lavender is something that will captivate your imagination for all sorts of things! Lavender farms may not be everywhere, but thanks to Long Row Lavender, just west of St. Louis, Missouri, it's an easy drive for much of middle America. Tracy Smith shares the lessons learned about growing lavender, cooking with it, and bringing the great look and scent into your homes! 

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In the midst of most family farms, is a house called the home place. When you layer that with the appreciation of food, family and hospitality that runs so deep in western Kentucky, you get the Peery House at Springhill Farms! And in this episode, we talk to three generations of the family about changes unfolding over the years at their home place.

Growing up it was home for Jerry Peery. While growing 65 years of corn, soybeans, wh...

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With a passion to build community and a love of agriculture, Will Kornegay has built a business that connects people, reduces food waste and provides access to fresh-from-the-farm produce. Based in rural North Carolina, Will saw a lot of produce was wasted on farms because there wasn't a market for it. Perhaps it was misshapen or got scratched up a bit during harvest. But it was still perfectly good. So Will started making a ma...

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Horseradish isn't a food that is in the forefront of a lot of food conversations, but you can't deny the burst of flavor can really add to other foods. Whether prime rib, oysters or bloody marys, horseradish makes othr foods better. This week we talk to Matt McMillan who takes us to a horseradish farm and talks to us about some of the reasons this root is something that some people want with so many of their favorite foods....

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This week is the time set aside to focus on agriculture. And while we do that routinely with our episodes, we thought a great way to mark the observance is by hearing about weather conditions, field work and general state of mind for farmers across the US (9 different states!) & a few from outside the country too! You'll hear from farmers who have previously been on the show as well as some we may need to have on in the fut...

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Tony White was doing marketing work with the Yellow Pages and found himself starting a business that was stressful so a friend suggested he start gardening. Over the years the garden and connections to chefs have grown to the point that if you want great tomatoes in the Midwest, you should know Tony Tomato! We talk with Tony about some of his favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes, the way he keeps great tasting tomatoes in the kitchens o...

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After doing the podcast for a few years, we thought listeners would enjoy hearing updates on three popular episodes of Grounded by the Farm. So in this week's episode, we touch base with three people we talked to some time ago about the latest happenings in their part of the world.

Here's who we talked to and the background on each of them from previous episodes.

  • Popcorn farmer Matt Helms about Ella & Ollie Popcorn the ...
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    As someone who loves an abundance of Asian cuisines, tofu may be on my plate or in my soup more than some Americans. But I haven't had many chances to sit down and talk to someone about growing tofu soybeans. We can check that off the list as the conversation with Jennifer "Jennie" Schmidt about her family's Maryland farm allowed us a chance to talk about diversification, how they determine what to plant, and more.

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    Family farm transitions are tough to discuss. A lot gets wrapped into it.... not only are you talking about things like retirement or potential death of an older generation, but it means changes in how things are done, recognizing the contributions of younger generations. And many times all of this is wrapped up with generations of family legacy and how best to honor that.

    It's a conversation that farmers acknowledge is tough a...

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    The Arbogast family farms outside of Harrisonburg, VA. From the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, their chicken houses dot the farm as do cattle out on the pastures.

    Lauren talks with us about the chicken farm, explaining the way the chicken houses are managed and how chickens go from freshly hatched chicks to ready for the market. 

    Having a blend of generations, the Arbogasts have the benefit of both innovation and tradition. For insta...

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    Growing up with cattle, Ryan Goodman got a good look first-hand at cattle care and feeding. But working cattle in half a dozen states and visiting ranches in the vast majority of the U.S., Ryan has had the chance to compare and contrast various environments and some of the things farmers and ranchers have to take into consideration.

    We talk with Ryan about the full spectrum of experiences he's had in working with cattle. It als...

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    Sitting down to talk with This Farm Wife Meredith Bernard was pretty much like sitting down with someone I had known forever. And my guess is thousands of people feel similarly since more than 100k have subscribed to her YouTube Channel. 

    Meredith & her husband Lawrence farm along the North Carolina - Virginia line. Although towns are close by, with fences, woods & hills, all their neighbors have four legs -- mostly cattle,...

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    The Leonard family found themselves dealing with the challenges of urban sprawl and rising land prices. As they started diversifying to include agritainment, new challenges rose.  But there are lots of smiles now, photos with Santa, haunted mazes at Halloween and more! 

    Patty Leonard and her family have a long history of dairy farming. In fact, her grandparents were dairy farming in the area now consumed by Washington DC's Dull...

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    Farm stays on Maryland's Easter Shore may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of Maryland or a vacation, but maybe they should. There is a lot of curiosity to be tapped there and I certainly enjoyed my visit!

    Those farm stays at Sugar Water Manor give people a chance to go deeper in their interest to learn more about how food is produced according to Dana Zucker. She says this type of agritourism has a place o...

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    The joy of discovery paired with the growing interest in where our food comes from makes food and farming a perfect way to enjoy learning. That’s the mindset we are trying to create with the new farm and food curriculum. These educational materials accompany some of our podcast episodes to share farmers stories. And thanks to working with an amazing teacher / educator (Whitney Choate), we think we have achieved something truly uniq...

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