Eating History: Dry Peas, Beans, Lentils, Chickpeas

Lentils (those tiny little legumes often displayed in the “healthy grains” section of the supermarket) are not commonly on the dinner plate in most American households, even though they are a key element in the healthy – and highly recommended – Mediterranean diet. They should be!

Like other assorted dried grains and beans, lentils on the shelves in every supermarket and in bulk bins in nearly every natural food market. But how to decide which ones you should buy? Here's how...

Pita, Not Pizza - Avoiding a Baking Disaster

The "Postponed" Pizza

The Pita That Was

Once again, I’ve averted (just barely) another kitchen disaster!

It was Saturday – and we have homemade pizza every Saturday or every other Saturday.

So I stirred yeast into some water, let it sit; next added flour and salt.

After kneading for a bit, I covered the bowl to let it rise. Then… Life got in the way. Not Pizza Night! Read or listen to how I avoided disaster - again...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Heavy, rich, and nutritious bread was once a daily staple; today commercially bread is produced in fully-automated factories, is full of chemical additives, preservatives, and too much salt, and has too little nutritive value.

Good bread is no longer our “staff of life.” But it can be! More small family bakeries are opening every day and they can benefit from unique high-quality grains and flours grown by creative small growers.

Farmers are experimenting with local landraces and locally developed varieties. They are implementing organic farming practices and concentrating on soil health rather than high yields. Read more...

Back to the Future: Covid and Our Food System

At GoodFood World we absolutely believe in seeking out and eating the very best in regionally grown and harvested meat, fish, grain, dairy, produce, and other foodstuffs.

The time-worn phrase "Think Global, Act Local" applies more than ever to how we deal with the Pandemic and Climate Change. It's up to you.

The shortest supply chain is your own front or back yard. No yard? Go for a Community Gardens plot.

Grow your own, buy from local producers and... eat well, be well. And read on...

Double X Bar Ranch - Stewards of the Land

A descendant of generations of Montana ranchers and farmers, Tim Dusenberry, owner and operator of Double X Bar Ranch, is the steward of nearly 600 acres of farmland where he raises 135 head of beef cattle, 40+ pigs, and uncounted laying hens just a few miles from the city limits of Helena.

Tim is a believer in regenerative agricultural practices and spends a lot of time working to restore the health of his soil through cover crops, elimination of farm chemicals including insecticides, reduction of tillage, and rotational grazing.

Double X Bar Ranch is a unique operation here in the Helena Valley and we need to preserve and protect what Tim Dusenberry and his family are doing.

His is fighting an uphill battle against the meat oligopoly where four huge conglomerates deliver meat to Helena residents from as far away as Brazil. Read on...

Local farm feeds Helena MT fresh produce and honey

If you were to eat a dinner consisting only of Montana’s top agricultural products, here’s what you’d have in front of you: steak, a potato (no butter or sour cream, sorry), a big piece of bread, a cold glass of beer, and a piece of black cherry pie.

What happened to that salad or side serving of veggies?

Terry Johnson, Johnson's Nursery and Gardens serves up fresh vegetables, fruit, and honey from a market garden just over 2 miles from the Helena city limits.

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Is This the End of the Small Boat Fisherman?

Pete Knutson has always been the kind of guy to find a way around the hurdles and challenges life tosses his way.

Loki Fish Company has overcome the odds, because though skill, intuition, and luck, Pete started and built a successful small business by avoiding “killer” challenges every day.

Small food-based businesses have a special role in the way we eat – they bring diversity, innovation, sustainability, and vitality to local and regional food systems.

Big commercial fishing operations driven by “economies of scale” compromise quality in exchange for cost, degrading the value of the food they deliver. More...