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  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Laura Jackson in reply to: Minnesota's SweeTango Apple: Colorful, Crisp and Controversial

    Keeping this new cultivar in the hands of just a few large orchards is a disappointment to small farmers like us. We'd love to add a few trees, and have been looking into getting them from a licensed grower, but its almost impossible.

    The University is developing new cultivars for the good of the people of MN, correct? Might they not benefit most by being allowed to own one? Or to have these tasty apples readily available to their local small farms and orchards?

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Anonymous in reply to: This Week's Farmshare: More Local Organic Food Goodness

    I miss my greens too!!!

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: lee in reply to: This Week's Farmshare: More Local Organic Food Goodness

    Thanks for your note, Amy. I took a look at your blog, and - wow - great stuff this week. You weren't kidding about those tomatoes. I'm especially excited to try your vodka soaked cherry tomatoes in sea salt. Everyone else is encouraged to take a peek, too: http://knitthink.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/09/friday-food-3.html

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Amy in reply to: This Week's Farmshare: More Local Organic Food Goodness

    It is completely possible to miss a bag of mixed greens. My box didn't have one for the first time, and it gave me a pang, as it reminds me that CSA season will soon come to a close. Sob.

    I had great fun with tomatoes this week over on my blog! They've been so darned good this summer.

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: lee in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    Such great, thougthful comments, thank you all so very much for weighing in. Dana, I get your point completely, and I was one who avoided Chipotle almost entirely during the years when McDonald's was an investor. The issue of what to order is a good one to take on, and I'm hoping we can do that soon.

    Brett, thanks for full disclosure and for the link to Niman Ranch.

    Shari, thanks for the note about the beans and vegetarian options.

    Emily, thanks for the lower carb recommendation.

    Part of my excitemenrt about Chipotle is that they really make an effort to be a local company, to participate in their regions, and to be good stewards of the earth. What other major national "fast food" companies can you think of that are trying to do these things on a grand scale?

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Dana in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    I think it's amazing that Chipotle is taking the lead in sourcing their ingredients with animal *and* human welfare in mind.

    But I do have to point out that everything at Chipotle isn't exactly "fast food you can eat without a guilty conscience." The Center for Science in the Public Interest has reported that some menu items at Chipotle top 1,000 calories, with 3/4 of a days' worth of fat (14 grams).

    CSPI also points out that Chipotle has a wealth of healthful food offerings. They're not just bashing it.

    You can see the article here:
    http://www.cspi.us/new/200309301.html

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Brett in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    Just a a bit of full disclosure...The organization I work for has received 2 small grants from Chipotle in the past, but that being said I'm still really impressed with the company wide commitment to doing good. They have been cycling in hybrid cars to their fleet for example. Now I don't mean to imply they are walking on water, but whenever a new Chipotle opens a new farmer must be brought along to meet the Niman Ranch standards. That is a big deal - these are true family sustainable farms. check them out... http://www.nimanranch.com (hey ben and mike - we still have not had that cup of coffee!)

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    I remember I was nearly heart-broken when I learned that Chipotle had been sourcing from farms whose practices amounted to little more than slave labor, and I'm thrilled that they've come around, listened to consumers and made what appears to be the right choice. Good for them!

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Shari in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    I love Chipotle's and so do my kids. It's fast food you can eat without a guilty conscience. The vegetarian burrito bowl is my and my kids' favorite, even though we're not vegetarian. If you are, get the black beans rather than the pinto beans, which are cooked with pieces of pork. Thanks, Lee, for a good post.

  • 4 years 51 weeks ago by: Emily in reply to: Chipotle Restaurant Supports Florida Tomato Pickers

    I've always loved Chipotle and I've actually heard this about their pork before. Perhaps it's not all organic, local food but it's certainly a far cry from McDonalds or Wendy's. As far as the carbs, go for a burrito bowl, hold the rice :-)