Urban Farming Takes Root

A report on urban farming by the James Beard Foundation


A new breed of farmer is cropping up in the most unlikely of places: city centers. Industrial rooftops, once-vacant lots, and the backs of eighteen-foot box trucks are now home to food-bearing farms—and their bounty can be spotted everywhere from farmers’ markets to top kitchens.


“Urban farming is one of the most exciting areas for new farmers because it’s happening in so many places, expanding so rapidly, and there is so much innovation and passion behind it,” explains Taylor Reid, founder of BeginningFarmers.org, an online database of urban farming opportunities around the country.


According to Liz Carollo, publicity manager for New York City’s Greenmarket program, urban farming and gardening has been on the upswing in recent years. “The more time urbanites spend at their desks and in front of their screens, the more inclination they have to give back and work in a more traditional way, to really get their hands dirty,” she says, “People are... Read more >

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On the Menu: September 8 through September 9

Beard House Ease yourself back into the school year with a Beard House feast of contemporary American fare. Thursday, September 8, 7:00 P.M. Exquisite Oregon There are few spots in Oregon as astoundingly beautiful as Cannon Beach, where majestic mountains give way to a dramatic coastline. Enjoy a taste of this exquisite area’s local cuisine when John Newman returns to the Beard House with this gorgeous menu, complete with Willamette Valley wines. Friday, September 9, 7:00 P.M. Colorado Chophouse Cuisine In the Mile High City, chef Tyler Wiard does chophouse cuisine the Colorado way: thick chops, aged steaks, and interesting cuts, featured in bold preparations. Join Wiard and his team as he brings his inspired steakhouse fare to the Beard House with this phenomen

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Dispatch from Copenhagen’s MAD Foodcamp

The MAD Foodcamp shuttle boatFestival attendees aboard the MAD Foodcamp shuttle boat

While many of us were huddled around our televisions following the path of Irene this past weekend, food lovers from around the world were braving similar elements as they gathered in Copenhagen for MAD Foodcamp, a two-day food festival and symposium that may have just officially launched the next food movement (coincidentally, a tropical storm tore through the region on Saturday). JBF vice president Mitchell Davis takes us inside the event.

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JBF Trip Planner: Chatham, MA

Chatham Pier Fish Market

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick list of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

If your end-of-summer travel plans include a trip to Cape Cod, don't miss a stop in picturesque Chatham, where you can eat a meaty, perfectly dressed lobster roll right on the pier and enjoy a delicious

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Wine Pick: Pascal Pibaleau La Perlette Sparkling Grolleau NV

Pascal Pibaleau La Perlette Sparkling Grolleau NVIf you aren't familiar with the ancient "rural method" for making sparkling wine, this fizzy, ruby-toned rosé is a marvelous introduction. Its single fermentation was stopped in the tank and then restarted in the actual bottle you're buying, which can lead to some unpredictably funky flavors. Biodynamically produced in the Loire Valley, this wine bears an uncanny resemblance to cherry cola. Drink with roasted fruit or blue cheese.

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Maple–Cherry Semifreddo [JBF]

Cherry Clafouti [JBF]... Read more >

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Melting Pot-Inspired Labor Day Menu

Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry–Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce Cap off the summer with a Labor Day menu that incorporates some of the country's most delicious culinary influences. Spicy Tomatillo Gazpacho with Naan Bite and Pickled Jicama Only in America would tomatillos, mint, naan, and green olives be combined in one extraordinary dish. Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry-Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce These succulent ribs get a piquant and smoky finish from a dusting of c

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JBF Kitchen Cam