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Double Feature About Food at the Tivoli

Just wanted to let everyone know that there will be a double feature of ‘Big River’ and ‘King Corn’ next Thursday, January 21 at the Tivoli in University City. Following up on their Peabody winning documentary, the ‘King Corn’ boys are back. For ‘Big River’, best friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has sent to the people and places downstream.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment, where I work, is presenting these two short films along with a panel discussion about the effects of corporate agriculture on our environment and health and ways in which local organizations can work to mitigate these problems.

Hope to see you there,
Brian DeSmet

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post-thanksgiving brunch.

On Friday the 27th shake off your hang-over, your turkey daze, and your winter blues by letting Local Harvest serve you up a turkey-free brunch.

We will open at 8am and serve our delicious and local brunch from 9am – 2pm, serving all our regular favorites, as well as a few seasonal treats.

Maybe it will be nice enough to sit on our patio!

See you then.



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Turkey Time

Sarah and her son at the 2008 Turkey Pick up at Local Harvest Grocery

Sarah and her son pick up their delicious, fresh turkey from Local Harvest Grocery.

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is a month away. Local Harvest Grocery is offering fresh, Broadbreasted Turkeys from Farrar Out Farm.  The turkeys are $3.49/lb. You can choose the size range of 14-17lb or 18-22lb turkeys.   A $25 deposit is required to hold your turkey.  A Turkey Pick-Up Night is scheduled for November 22nd.  Last year’s was really fun and created a wonderful sense of community. 

We have 100 turkeys total available for sale and already we’ve sold about 25. If you want to sample the turkey, we are smoking at least one turkey a week at our cafe and serving it in our dinner menu.  I enjoyed a few slices last week and found it to be very flavorful and moist!

Farrar Out Farm is a small family farm located about 90 miles south of St. Louis. This husband and wife team has a passion for cooking and eating great food. They started their farm venture because they realized in order to eat the freshest, healthiest food available they needed to raise it themselves.  The Truempers raise certified naturally grown produce, pasture raised Berkshire pigs, eggs, chicken, ducks, geese, broadbreast, and heritage breed turkeys.


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Get Your Farm Aid On

With Farm Aid in town this weekend, there are alot of great things going on for the local food community (see below for some info on those). One thing you might not have heard about is a public event co-sponsored by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center called “A Farmer/Urban Connection,” which will run from 5:00 – 6:30pm on Saturday, October 3 at the First Presbyterian Church at 7200 Delmar Blvd. The event will discuss a number of challenges and opportunities facing family farm agriculture and how the public can help create a vibrant family farm food system. Please register at

Also, going on this Farm Aid weekend:

Homegrown Country Fair at the Tower Grover Farmers Market – Saturday, October 3rd, 10am-2:30pm
Farm Aid Farmer Cook-off at the Taste of St. Louis – Saturday, October 3rd, 11:00am-12:15pm
Farm Aid Eve at Blueberry Hill – Saturday, October 3rd, 7:30pm

– Brian DeSmet

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Know Your Farmer Dinner/Anniversary Celebration


September 16-20, 2009


Two years call for a celebration!        

Local Harvest Grocery, est. 2007       Local Harvest Café, est. 2008

 September 16-19th we will feature two “Know Your Farmer” dinners per evening. 

Make your reservation now for 6:00 or 8:00 p.m. seatings.  314.772.8815 

3 courses for $25 vegetarian  $30omnivore

Wine and beer pairings available

 September 20th join us for a BBQ and party on the patio from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Good music, great food and lots of Schlafly!

Menu Hints below (menu may change slightly depending on produce availability)

September 16

Kakao Chocolate/Goshen Coffee
Chocolate espresso square served with ginger soup
Fresh greens with espresso vinaigrette and chocolate shavings
Lamb braised in coffee and bittersweet chocolate / spicy chili with fresh cornbread

September 17

Companion Bread Co./Centennial Farms
Pretzel wrapped sausages with house made mustard / pretzels with house made mustard
Black pepper goat cheese salad with apple butter vinaigrette
Pork meatballs with applesauce and sweet potato stratta / sweet potato stratta with apple chutney

September 18

City Seeds/Prairie Grass Farms/Edwards’ Farm
Lamb meatballs with crowder peas /crowder peas with mushroom ragout
Green bean and pecan salad
Braised lamb on fresh greens / late summer veggie roast on fresh greens

September 19

Double star/Missouri Grass-fed beef
Beef shepard’s pie/veggie shepard’s pie
Lentil salad with squash, peppers, and tomato mint dressing
Smoked beef trio with three sauces /veggie gratin with herb dressing

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What you missed.

Mouth watering tomato salad

Mouth watering tomato salad

On Tuesday, August 25th, we had one of our monthly “Know Your Farmer” dinners – featuring the lovely produce of Earthdance Farms.

That night we heard from Molly Rockamann (founder of Earthdance), as well as watched a short film on the history of the Mueller Farm (the land in which Earthdance is now located).

Then everyone enjoyed a four course meal:

-purple tomatillo soup, with or without chicken (from Earthdance: purple tomatillos and jalapenos)

-tomato salad with genovese basil and flowers (from ED: heirloom tomatoes, basil, nasturium, bachelor buttons, and borage)

omnivore: chicken milenese with wild argula pesto and veggie lasagne (from ED: wild argula, crocknecks, zucchini, basil)earth dance dinner 003

vegetarian: squash samosa and veggie biryani (from ED: crocknecks, zucchini, swiss chard, jalapenos, tomatoes)

-melon sorbet with strawberries and sweet cinnamon basil pesto (from ED: moon and stars melon, white wonder melon, strawberries, cinnamon basil)


earth dance dinner 002I hope you can join us for our KNOW YOUR FOOD CELEBRATION in September honoring our anniversaries (one year for the cafe and two years for Local Harvest Grocery.) 

Sept. 16-19 we will host two “Know Your Farmer” dinners per evening-6 and 8 p.m. seatings by reservation.  At least two farmers or food producers will be on hand to talk with diners and enjoy a fantastic meal prepared using fresh, local foods.  $25 vegetarian and $30 for omnivore. Wine and beer pairings are an optional addition.

On Sept. 20th we will host a big “Anniversary BBQ” at the cafe featuring live music, great food and lots of Schlafly. 

For reservations for any of the farm dinners call 314.772-8815.

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It’s time for (healthy) lunch!

As patrons and employees of Local Harvest, we all know how important local, healthy food is. We also know that many people do not have regular access to such food. On September 7, Slow Food USA is holding a national day of action called “Time for Lunch” to get real food in schools and “with the goal of creating a world in which everyone can enjoy food that is good, clean, and fair.”

Slow Food St. Louis will be hosting a local event at the Schlafly Bottleworks on Sept. 7 from 11am-1pm. If you’d like to help volunteer for the event, including helping to promote it before the event, please contact kelly at

– Brian DeSmet


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