“The always superb Sky Full of Bacon video podcast from Chicago’s Michael Gebert serves up a tour of Oriana Kruszewski’s orchard which contains Asian pears, paw paws and black walnuts trees. Kruszewski’s knowledge, enthusiasm and perseverance is inspiring.” —HomegrownEvolution.com
Ever wonder about the farmers who grow and sell the produce at your local farmer’s market? In this Sky Full of Bacon podcast, we meet Oriana, the Asian pear lady at Chicago’s Green City Market, and travel to her orchard in western Illinois. She may not look like your typical midwestern farmer, but her challenges (from weather to pests) and her joy at making things grow are universal.
Here’s another podcast shot while things were still growing, to help keep your spirits up through the long winter! If you visit Green City Market in the fall, you’ve probably seen Oriana Kruszewski showing off whatever interesting thing she happens to have picked that week along with her trademark Asian pears— paw paws, persimmons, watercress, Asian herbs, ground cherries. Oriana has some 500 pear trees at her farm near Galena; I visited her in October as the freeze was approaching and she was picking the last of her fruit for storage. She’s always interesting to talk to and I think you’ll enjoy the chance to see what all lies behind the produce you buy at a farmer’s market.
Mike Sula wrote about Oriana a couple of years ago; he fills in more of her personal history.
Josephine at LTHForum first posted about Oriana’s black walnuts in this thread; be sure to read Pdaane’s post about black walnuts in his Wisconsin home town. (I’m in there too, eventually.)
Here’s a tart I’ve made a couple of times for Christmas using Oriana’s black walnuts:
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