A Lesson in Diversity – The Potato

More than 4000 kinds of potatoes grown in South America.

Around 100 years ago there were hundreds of varieties of vegetable and fruit seed available to the farmer and home gardener. By 1983 those varieties had been reduced by more than a factor of 10.

Or in the case of potatoes, by a factor of 1000…

There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. However, in the US, of the top six potato varieties – yes, there is one category called “Frito-Lay Varieties,” primarily used for chips – four are a variation of russet potato, comprising 69% of potatoes grown in the US.

Not only have we lost or ignored thousands of varieties of potato grown currently around the world, we are losing the many ways potatoes could be prepared.


What Food Is On Your Deserted Island?

Nico and family have been traveling for the last year across South America in a caravan (camper van) called the Rainbow Bus. The family discussion about food on a deserted island launched them – and us – into a new discovery. Here’s Nico…

We have talked again and again about what three food items we would take to a deserted island. You can choose three and only three. The kids say something different each time I ask. Sometimes it is chocolate or lollipops, donuts are a crowd favorite. And cake, can’t forget cake.

Ignacia needs avocados and an infinite supply of orange juice, nothing more, nothing less. My list is made of honey, peanut butter, and bread, for there is but a few things that are just as good separate as they are together. Elisa also likes this list, but would add banana. She says banana is her favorite, so I offer her one. She declines.


A DIY buying club – Here’s how Sarah did it

I have found great joy in connecting my community to the goods produced by small local farmers. There is no better way to welcome Fall to Minnesota than to load up on Honey Crisp apples! This delicious sweet and juice hybrid was developed right here at the University of Minnesota.

2019 ApplePalooza was the second annual apple haul from Inspired Acres, a small family-owned orchard about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities. This year, we had 1720 pounds of apples delivered to Bloomington MN! 

The Bounty of the Gallatin Valley

(Source: Nate Brown, Amaltheia Dairy)

Amaltheia Organic Dairy is more than an organic goat dairy and cheese maker and it’s more than the home of delicious organic whey-fed pigs. Amaltheia is also home to Nate Brown’s beautiful organic produce.

In a valley sadly being encroached on by developers throwing up cheaply made and expensively priced homes for Bozeman’s growing population, Amaltheia proudly produces a full menu of protein and produce.

It is operations like Amaltheia, run by livestock raisers and cheese makers Mel and Sue Brown, and their son Nate Brown, produce farmer, who need to be honored, respected, and protected, for the hard work they do to deliver some of the best food in Montana.

Look at those root vegetables! Look at those peppers! You can do your part by shopping at your local farmers market. And while you’re there, hug a farmer and thank them for your food!

Our Daily Bread: It Takes Farmers, Millers, and Bakers

Most of the US forgets – or is simply ignorant of the fact – that the Northern Great Plains are a major part of the nation’s “bread basket.” They’ve been raised to think that wheat comes from Kansas.

The truth is that northern-tier states east of the Rockies produce millions of bushels of wheat, most of which is sold by the train carload to one of just a handful of huge commercial flour mills or is exported. In fact, 85% of the wheat produced in Montana – and 50% of the wheat produced in the US – is exported worldwide.

Montana-made artisan bread.

Our goal at GoodFood World is to stimulate discussion by reporting on the critical issues affecting the production and use of organic wheat and other grains, especially the challenges to small-scale organic family farms, millers, and bakers.  Have you bought locally grown grain, flour, or bread? Your comments and input are appreciated!

Eat Well, Be Well: What We Eat and Who Supplies It

Supermarkets and big box stores offer nearly 50,000 – or more – products for us to choose from to feed ourselves and our families. It turns out that is a big challenge to healthy eating.

A nation-wide analysis of U.S. grocery purchases revealed that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy, and these items tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods.

Selecting locally grown and minimally processed food items – good food – means more healthful and nutritious food on your plate. How do you know what is available to you?

Eating in Montana – Healthful Food or Junk Food?

Farmers markets and CSAs sprout up every spring along with the lettuce and tomato plants. Supermarkets across the country, from small family-owned stores to big box chains, are all offering organic options throughout the store, not just produce any more.

And we have more and more options to choose from in the “middle of the store.”

So, we all think – or would like to think – that we’re eating nutritious food. Do we even know what good “nutrition” is?