At The Seasoned Farmhouse cooking school, we were recently asked to host a special dinner for a group of out of town magazine editors who were visiting Columbus for the first time. I went to work creating a menu that would show off the delicious bounty of ingredients grown here in Central Ohio, most of which were sourced from the Clintonville Farmers Market.
No summer dinner would be complete without a course dedicated to Branstool Orchards' peaches—this Peach Caprese salad was served as our second course. It's easy to make, delicious and unexpected. Enjoy!
The Hills Market in Worthington on Saturday, July 27 will find itself looking a lot like a cross between a family barbecue and a fair. The 2nd Annual "Ohio Brisket Picnic & Bull Ride" will be in the parking lot of the Worthington location from 11:30am to 2:30pm, complete with a barbecue competition, mechanical bull rides and live music from Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, a Columbus-native band that plays lively original Americana rock music.
"We love to support communities and fun things for families to do," says Kelly Holmes, Marketing Director at the Hills Market Worthington location. "Last year a bridal party came by and the bride got on the bull."
There will be plenty of other things to interest the less adventurous. A friendly barbecue showdown will happen between three local brands of barbecue sauce: Matt's Hog Spit, Tasteweavers and Black Swamp Gourmet. At 1:00pm the crowd favorite and the judges' favorite will be announced. Besides brisket, there will also be Hill's Own Mac'n'Cheese and greens with Hill's Own Bacon. For a vegetarian option, there will be Grilled Portabella with Provolone and greens without bacon.
The event is supported by Local Matters and Edible Columbus, with all proceeds going to Local Matters, a non-profit supporting sustainable food in Columbus.
No reservations are required. Just show up and have a great time supporting your local food community.
Published in 2013 by Ohio University Press.
For people familiar with heirloom seed saving, Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia by Bill Best serves as a celebration of the tradition's rich history. For others, it's an eye-opening and empowering piece that encourages us to purify our gardens and discover new ways to share genuinely good food with our family and our community.
In this modern age of farm bill struggles and genetically modified organisms, food preservatives and new sustainability practices, it can be easy to forget how much the local food movement really is a revival of tried and true methods that have existed for the majority our human history. Through the writing of retired Berea College professor and legendary seed saver Best, readers receive a history of heirloom seeds and agricultural practices, gain an awareness of the interconnectedness of the heirloom community and pick up many tips on how to grow (and store) heirloom beans, tomatoes, apples, corn, candy roasters and cucumbers. A large part of the book is spent sharing anecdotes that reveal the familial nature of seed saving. The second section shares stories and bios of important seed "keepers and distributors."
This is a worthy read for everyone—whether they're lifelong lovers of heirloom varieties or have just started on the road to growing their own flavor-packed tomatoes. Support Ohio University Press by purchasing directly from their website, ohioswallow.com, or find the book on Amazon.com.
Whether talking about his recent past helping to start a beach resort and several restaurants in Beirut, or Crest’s plans for solar paneling and its growing rooftop garden, Dustin Brafford, Executive Chef at Crest Gastropub, is passionate about what he does. Food is what it’s all about for him, and the fresher and more sustainable, the better. And that’s his goal for Crest. The Columbus-born, Phoenix-raised food lover cooked in Beirut for two and a half years, and has now returned to Columbus to be a part of the the growing local food movement. —Claire Paniccia
How does it feel to be back in the Columbus food community?
It’s awesome because when I left it was starting to go up. And now it’s amazing what’s happening around here. It used to be corporate, corporate, corporate. It’s nice to see some culture. There’s some really good stuff happening here.
Like what, do you think?
For one thing, the coffee movement here has been amazing. And obviously the food trucks.