HandPicked 8–Stuff That Matters

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There’s always a lot going on in the space we call ‘real food’, but not every story generates a whole post of its own.

That’s why we’ve created the HandPicked 8to give you a quick idea of some of the things happening in the wide world of food.

September’s here. Before we know it there will be frost on the pumpkin–or something like that.

Folks are enjoying as much late summer produce as they can handle and preserving the rest for wintertime use.

So after all that, here are some good things to check out–this week’s HandPicked 8.

1. We wholeheartedly believe it: butter is better. and according to NPR’s the salt blog, so do a majority of Americans. Why the change? How about it tastes better and it’s better for you.

2. Here’s a great story on a CSA experience at Amber Waves Farm, on Long Island’s East End. The Kitchn has assembled the narrative with plenty of outstanding images to make you wish you were there.

3. Saving and re-purposing old barns makes a lot of sense. Grist.org has a great story up right now how a growing number of farmers are seeing the wisdom of keeping these historic structures alive.

4. Don’t let all those herbs still growing in your garden go to waste. Food52 has some really good ideas on how to perserve all those flavor-filled herbs for use with the snow is falling.

5. Who doesn’t like to cook with cast iron skillets? Garden & Gun has four Southern recipes that just taste better when you cook them in the one of the Southern kitchen’s most versatile tools.

6. Our friend, Peter Barrett, has a very in-depth article on ediblemanhattan.com on a Tuscan-Hudson Valley food connection. Read about Dancing Ewe’s cheese, sausage made in upstate New York.

7. If fast-food workers were paid a living wage, the price of burgers and fries would likely go up. Theatlantic.com has a very thoughtful piece about how the demand for cheap, convenient food seems ingrained.

8. Diane Cu and Todd Porter AKA whiteonricecouple.com are all about telling food stories through their photography. No big article here, just a fantastic site showcasing fantastic work. Check them out.

And that’s some of the good stuff on our plates, HandPicked 8 for September 8, 2014!

Photo credit: Craig McCord