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Farmers' Markets of the Heartland

by Janine MacLachlan University of Illinois Press
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Pbk 256 pages
AU$56.99 NZ$59.12
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In this splendidly illustrated book, food writer and self-described farm groupie Janine MacLachlan embarks on a tour of seasonal markets and farmstands throughout the Midwest, sampling local flavours from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She conducts delicious research as she meets farmers, tastes their food, and explores how their businesses thrive in the face of an industrial food supply. She tells the stories of a pair of farmers growing specialty crops on a few acres of northern Michigan for just a few months out of the year, an Ohio cattle farm that has raised heritage beef since 1820, and a Minnesota farmer who tirelessly champions the Jimmy Nardello sweet Italian frying pepper. Along the way, she savours vibrant red carrots, slurpy peaches, vast quantities of specialty cheeses, and some of the tastiest pie to cross anyone's lips.
''Janine MacLachlan provides vivid portraits of the farmers and producers who make each market unique and representative of local foods. This book will be much enjoyed by farmers' markets regulars, foodies who love to read about good locally produced food (it is a heroic tale), cookery book lovers, and a wide audience interested in midwestern culture.'' Bruce Kraig, president, Culinary Historians of Chicago, and Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance

Janine MacLachlan, of Chicago and Fennville, Michigan, is a food writer, blogger (, and the founder of The Rustic Kitchen cooking school. Her writing has been featured in ''Cooking Light, Relish, Rural Life, '' and ''Conscious Choice.''