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2009-09-03 23:30:00

What's on consumers' minds when it comes to produce? The emerging trend toward healthier, fresher foods that are also gentle on the environment presents new dilemmas for conscientious consumers. Marketers tout the attributes of "organic" food, while the "local foods movement" is gaining popularity throughout the world. The "organic-or-local" debate is particularly interesting when it comes to fruits and vegetables; proponents of each system offer strong evidence to support their cause....

2009-07-15 13:10:00

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Requests for emergency food assistance have doubled as a result of the economic crisis, causing a food shortage at local food banks. Help has come from an unexpected source. The Orange County Food Bank reports that they have received 100 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Orange County Great Park community farm and from neighboring farms around the Great Park. The Great Park is located on the site of the former El Toro Marine...

2009-06-09 10:37:00

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Provides $20 Vouchers for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables HARRISBURG, Pa., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State and federal agriculture officials helped kick-off this year's Farmers Market Nutrition Program at the Farm Show Farmers Market in Harrisburg today. The program provides vouchers for eligible older adults and families to purchase fresh local foods at farm markets and farm stands across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis...

2009-05-26 17:52:00

100 year-old Northwest company joins Tacoma mayor, public library in bringing greater awareness to eating food grown locally ROY, Wash., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Omelets don't get any more fresh than cooked up right on the farm where the eggs were produced and gathered. Try one for yourself when Wilcox Farms, in conjunction with Tacoma's community reading initiative "Tacoma Reads Together," hosts a free omelet feed this Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family and meet the...

2009-05-12 15:51:00

Venerable Northwest brand celebrates success as fourth generation, family-operated business ROY, Wash., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- This year marks the 100th anniversary of Wilcox Family Farms. While the brand and its products have changed slightly over the years, the Wilcox family commitment to quality has not - and the Northwest egg producer is proud to celebrate a century of farming and entrepreneurial business operations that have helped uniquely shape the Pacific Northwest. Wilcox Farms...

2009-05-06 08:13:00

MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parishioners at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Minnesota do more than donate food to a local food shelf -- they actually grow it themselves. The project is one of many case studies highlighted in a new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) that demonstrate a growing nationwide movement within the faith community to put into practice the belief that...

2009-04-21 07:08:00

PHILADELPHIA, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Listen Up America! President Obama knows what he's doing when it comes to the economy, but he's a bit of a picky eater when it comes to his veggies. Unlike former President George W. Bush, Obama likes his broccoli, but when it comes to Mother Nature's springtime darling, asparagus, he'll only eat it if nothing else is available. On the heels of an organic vegetable garden being planted on the White House lawn and in celebration of Earth Day,...

2009-04-15 07:26:00

LOS ANGELES, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Just announced by a consumer resource publisher, the new Grocery Sale Shopper Website is designed to help the California consumer quickly and easily view multiple stores and sources of food and groceries to see current sales, compare prices, keep up-to-date on product alerts, recalls, and much more. The site includes grocery stores, supermarkets, health food stores, food cooperatives (coops), farmers' markets, and U-Pick (pick-your-own) farms. It also...

2009-04-03 11:22:00

$96,400 in Federal Grants Announced for Farm Markets, Stands in 27 Counties HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania farmers markets and farm stands that market fresh, local produce directly to consumers received a boost today as Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced federal support for 39 projects in 27 counties that will increase participation in food assistance programs and help farmers remain viable in tough economic times. The state-administered,...

2009-04-03 10:56:00

Organic and Local Farmers Seek Protections in Washington CORNUCOPIA, Wis., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Momentum is building in Congress for new food safety reforms aimed at addressing the growing cycle of food contamination outbreaks. But concerns are also being raised cautioning legislators not to trample organic farmers, backyard gardeners and consumers of fresh local foods in the rush to fix food safety problems. "There is no question that our increasingly industrialized and...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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