Spring 2008 By Edible Allegheny on April 22, 2008 in Archive “You have to understand that growing local and buying local is the direction agriculture in this country is going to take again.” — Margaret Raphael “I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act.” — Wendell Berry FEATURES EDIBLE EDITORIAL Western Pennsylvania is on the forefront of a local food revolution. Hail locavores! COMMUNITY LIVING Supporting local agriculture, one box at a time, with a CSA membership. EDIBLE NATION Wendell Berry campaigns for local food in his famous essay, “The Pleasures of Eating.” FROM THE FARM Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance CSA offers green onions, pea shoots, micro greens, and rich rhubarb. GROUNDBREAKERS Margaret Raphael, of Maggie’s Mercantile, builds a healthy enterprise on her organic farm. FROM THE KITCHEN Eat’n Park Hospitality Group leads the way with a strong support of our region’s farms. DEPARTMENTS SEASON’S GREETINGSRead about the grassroots of edible Allegheny. CALENDAR & EVENTS Go inside the 2008 Farm to Table Conference, and mark your calendar with more events! LABEL 101 Organic, natural, free range, grass-fed, USDA — What do they mean? EDIBLE CHATTER Butter up gluten-free waffles, attend a green birthday, sip vegan soup, stock real grape juice, and sample fine wines. GREEN LIVING Minimize carbon footprints with environmentally friendly shoes, read up on earth tips in a new journal, and celebrate a green building. ECO-KIDS Pittsburgh high school students intern with Grow Pittsburgh’s Edible Schoolyard and photograph the fruits of their labors. PLANTING THE SEEDGrow an herb garden indoors. FRESH COOKING Art King from Harvest Valley Farms and big Burrito’s corporate chef, Bill Fuller, create a menu from crisp asparagus, spring chicken, and earthy beets. CULINARY CONVERSATION Rob Baran, general manager of the East End Food Co-op, shows what the natural food market is doing to promote and support local farmers. THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE CT Miller Vineyards cultivates Pennsylvania wines. FARMERS’ MARKET DIRECTORY EDIBLE ESSENCE Find recipes and products for spring’s first fruit: the strawberry.