Monthly Archives: May 2009

Michael Pollan and Local Harvest

michael pollen

Jenny Ryan, Michael Pollen and Maddie Earnest. Mr. Pollen is surely all smiles after trying the Kale Soup and local asparagus!

Jenny Ryan and I were pretty excited to get our photograph taken with Michael Pollen who was in town Friday night to promote his book In Defense of Food.  He was super nice, super lean (must be all the good eating and not eating) and seemed appreciative of the samples we took him from the cafe. 

He condensed his message nicely in his talk:

Eat Less. Eat More Vegetables. And Eat Real Food.

Wow, now you don’t even have to buy the book.  No seriously, please read the book!  He was a inspiration and a good reminder of why we opened Local Harvest Grocery and Local Harvest Cafe. 

Yours in local eating, food celebrities, and good eats.

-Maddie Earnest


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get your dinner delivered by bike!

on saturday nights, between 5 and 8pm, we are offering bicycle deliveries of all selections from our lunch and dinner menu at the cafe.

give us a call, order up some dinner, and get your food delivered via bicycle (the greenest transport method).

we deliver to the entire Tower Grove area – so call this saturday.


our menu is online – lunch and dinner.

(our dinner menu changes slightly every week, to keep up with the freshest things available – we also offer nightly special – call to inquire)

hope to hear from you,

orange bike

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No Options but Factory-Farmed Food?

Of course, we know there’s a growing movement for good, healthy, local food — it’s why we all love Local Harvest so much. But are there forces at work to “Make Sure We Have No Option But Factory Farmed Food”? And is the Democratic-led Congress helping them by pushing the National Animal ID System (NAIS)? Seems so according to this Daily Kos diary (by one of the people there that focuses on food issues).

As the author points out, there are many reasons to eat locally-grown food — food safety, the environment, health, etc. You may know that free-range eggs taste a lot better than chain grocery store eggs (the yellower the yolk, the better), but did you realize how much healthier they are?

1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene

If you want to keep eating those eggs from local farmers — and having easy access to them — you might want to weigh in on the NAIS debate with your US Congress Critter.

As an aside, the Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a study about genetically-engineered (GE) foods that knocks down one of the main arguments for GE foods — their supposedly higher yields. As it turns out, not so much.

Feel free to email me any questions or links to stories at planb247(at)gmail(dot)com.

– Brian DeSmet

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old news is still good news.

i know this story broke about a month ago, but i finally got a chance to sit down a read a little bit about it in depth.


michelle obama planted a garden on the white house grounds! this is oh so very exciting, hopefully proving to americans that growing and producing of foods is a concern of everyone.

best of all, this will prove that a small $200 investment will yield wonderful and nutritious food all season.

i hope this gets people thinking and then growing some of their own veggies.

you can read an article here.

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