Harvest Time

 In Feature, Food

Eating local is easier than ever, thanks to a new release by two STL foodies.


At a time when consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food originates and how it is produced, a new book by Maddie Earnest and Liz Fathman not only introduces readers to more than 200 Missouri farmers who grow and raise the food that ends up on our tables, but it also informs us where to buy the products locally and which restaurants have them on the menu. Earnest is co-owner of Local Harvest Grocery and Café, and Fathman is a food fanatic who works at the Missouri Botanical Garden. “Missouri Harvest: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State” took a year of research to write, and serves as a handy guide to the entire state for those wanting to make a greater effort to eat fresh and local. Armed with this book, developing the habit may turn out to be easier than you thought. Fathman suggests making incremental changes to your eating habits, rather than trying to do too much at once. “The book makes you want to do it,” she says, explaining that fresh and local food tastes better and helps support local economies at the same time.

The book is easy to navigate, with each chapter covering a different food group, divided by region. Want to know where you can pick your own Missouri blackberries or grab some pasture-raised pork burgers? No problemo. In this day of Big Ag, Missouri still has many small family farms growing and producing food the old-fashioned way.

Earnest and Fathman also share ideas and suggestions for preparing some of the foods that are available from Missouri growers, often in the form of recipes provided by the growers spotlighted in the book—whether it’s pot roast from Rain Crow Ranch or spring onion, spinach and goat cheese bread pudding from Goatsbeard Farm. “Missouri Harvest” is available through its co-publishers, Reedy Press and Webster University Press, as well as at Local Harvest Grocery, The Missouri Botanical Garden, Left Bank Books and other independent bookstores.
Visit missouri-harvest.com for more info.



Authors Maddie Earnest & Liz Fathman

Authors Maddie Earnest & Liz Fathman


Photo credit: Jules Brown

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