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Sky Full of Bacon 01: How Local Can You Go?

At last, the main reason for this blog: the first episode of Sky Full of Bacon is up!


Sky Full of Bacon 01: How Local Can You Go? from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Local is a hot word in food these days. In How Local Can You Go? I visit two people who are taking different approaches to trying to bring local food into the mainstream in Chicago. Cassie Green runs a market in West Town called (what else?) Green Grocer, which features a lot of the producers who sell at Green City and other farmer’s markets. One of the knocks on local and organic food is that it’s the kind of thing only yuppies with extra money to spend can worry about, but the market that sustains something like local growing and eating usually starts with a cute little shop in a trendy neighborhood, and Cassie’s enthusiasm for the wonderful-looking food she sells is infectious.

Meanwhile, Bruce F. is a Wicker Park resident who read about Earthboxes in the Reader, and subsequently built about 30 DIY ones out of Rubbermaid tubs on his garage, as well as a Flickr page that tell you all about how and why you should do it too. He’s a thoughtful guy who really brings a lot of perspective to the broader issues surrounding the act of growing your own food in the city, in a way that kind of reminds you of John Cusack’s character in Say Anything.

The total podcast runs 19:39, though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t feel like it. As the season progresses I’ll check back with both Cassie and Bruce to see what else is growing, and include the updates in future podcasts.

Green Grocer
1420 W. Grand (just west of Ogden), Chicago
312.624.9508

Links for further exploration:
Green Grocer Chicago
Bruce’s Flickr page, and his Daily Kos diary
Reader article on Earthboxes
LTHForum thread on Earthboxes (with posts by both Bruce and myself)
Links to blogs and articles shown in the montage of locavore press toward the beginning:
Eat Local Challenge
Vital Information (essential Chicago locavore blog)
NY Times
Food & Wine

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12 Responses to “Sky Full of Bacon 01: How Local Can You Go?”

  1. Bruce F Says:

    Nice job Mike!

    And I’m not just saying that because of the John Cusack reference. Well, maybe.

  2. Expat Chef Says:

    Thanks for the link to the work at Eat Local Challenge! I love the title of your blog. I just started falling in love with bacon from our CSA farmer (thick cut, meaty, all-natural) and have been posting bacon recipes like zucchini bacon fritters. Made my smile when I saw the title.

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  4. Jude Says:

    The video (both quality and content) are excellent.
    I’m already looking forward to future videos.

  5. art Says:

    Enjoying your new blog.

    I especially like the videos of Maxwell St.

    I think rooftop gardening is going to become more popular every year. If individuals could use their rooftops in the city and vast acres of fertile soil in the suburbs to grow vegetables I think we’d be doing well for ourselves and the environment.

    Here’s a link to my blog that gives two recipes for foods that have wild foraged ingredients from Chicago in them.

    http://thepleasanthouse.wordpress.com/

    One recipe is for lilac sorbet with candied lilac flowers and the other is for mulberry muffins. The lilacs were from 15th st. and Ruble St. and the Mulberries are from 16th St.

    Mulberries: http://thepleasanthouse.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/summer-is-for-purple-thumbs/

    Lilacs: http://thepleasanthouse.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/cooking-with-the-senses-tasting-aroma/

    Cheers!

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