Only in the produce world could Whole Foods be kicking out local growers; worm poop become a good thing; USDA put up $3.1 to train future leaders; Lidl open in Georgia and set sites on Alabama and Texas; and Chick-fil-A announce its largest restaurant with rooftop dining across from NYC’s Freedom Tower. It all happened this week while you were working. We love this job.
The locally grown movement has gotten much credit for driving produce consumption in this country for the last decade. There are some who say consumers make far too much of it than they should. Add Amazon and Whole Foods to that list. READ MORE
Lidl is in the early stages of planning stores in Alabama and will soon be heading for Texas as well after opening its first locations in Georgia — where it already has a regional distribution center planned — earlier this month. READ MORE
USDA is helping prepare for that future with a new series of $3.1 million in grants from its National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to train the next generation of policymakers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. READ MORE
This piece on the wonders of worm castings — poop — comes from Brian Peavey, managing member of Circle M Farms in Ontario, OR and a specialist in — well — worm poop. Technically called “castings” the material makes an excellent organic fertilizer. Have an article you’d like to share? Send us an email. READ MORE
No, it’s not produce, but if you’re from the South and say you don’t like Chick-fil-A, you’re lying (or vegetarian). That’s why we think it’s news that the company is taking one of our region’s true cultural icons to New York City to establish a showcase for all that Southern goodness right across from One World Trade Center and a birds-eye view of the Freedom Tower. READ MORE