"An inspirational glimpse into one vibrant area of the local food movement."
-- Kirkus Reviews
Locally Grown is the story of the modern heartland farm. It explores how sustainable practices—and close ties to high-profile chefs and restaurateurs—have propelled the "locally grown" culinary movement into a central feature of life in major cities like Chicago. Anna Blessing lays out the rich stories of 20 Midwestern farms told through beautiful photography, fascinating anecdotes from farmers and chefs, and up-close looks at what makes each farm so unique.
Each chapter profiles a different farm, outlining its locale, scale, production, and inner workings while also revealing the unique background of each farmer. Blessing shows the behind-the-scenes practices that have made locally grown food an increasingly important part of America's food culture, especially in metropolitan areas like Chicago. The book also provides insights on how esteemed chefs like Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, and Sarah Stegner, among others, scour farmers' markets for natural ingredients and develop personal business relationships with these farmers to supply their restaurants with the best and most sustainable foods.
Locally Grown shows how both longstanding and newly founded farms, along with urban farms and metropolitan nonprofit organizations like Growing Power and City Provisions, are boosting the sustainable food movement from the ground up.
Anna Blessing researched, wrote, and photographed 14 editions of the eat.shop book series in addition to being a regular contributor to many other print and online publications, including Lucky, for which she was Chicago editor for six years. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
Anna Blessing talks to Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio's "Lake Effect" about LOCALLY GROWN.
Title Locally Grown
Subtitle Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America's Heartland
Edition First Edition
Author Anna Blessing
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 10 July 2012
Nb of pages 288 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572841291
Reference no. 978-1-57284-129-1
Publication Date 10 July 2012
Main content page count 288
Weight 25 oz.
List Price $22.95
Nb of pages
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572847033
Reference no. 978-1-57284-703-3
Publication Date 10 July 2012
List Price $12.99
Wisconsin Public Radio interview ( mp3 2.54 MB )
Anna Blessing chats with Jim Oliver of Wisconsin Public Radio about LOCALLY GROWN.
LG presskit ( pdf 187 KB )
Anna Blessing talks to WGN Radio about LOCALLY GROWN ( mp3 17.15 MB )
Jun 1, 2012
An introduction to the growing local food movement in Chicago restaurants and the farmers who supply them.
Earth Eats, Indiana Public Radio
Aug 23, 2012
It's through cooperation between farmers and restaurateurs that so much local food makes its way into Chicago restaurants.- Annie Corrigan
Chicago Botanic Garden/Lenhardt Library
The Midwest countryside is a valuable source of fresh food for some of Chicago's top restaurants. Author Anna Blessing- Marilyn K. Alaimo
Aug 1, 2012
Part cookbook, part storybook, it's an irresisitable collection of feel-good anecdotes, vivid photographs, and recipes from both chefs and farmers.- Carly Boers
Tasting Table Chicago
Jul 27, 2012
In recent years, the term "farm-to-table" has become nearly meaningless.
Jul 20, 2012
A new book by Chicago writer and photographer Anna Blessing showcases
Jul 18, 2012
In this celebrity chef-obsessed era, we often neglect those responsible
Crain's Chicago Business
Jul 12, 2012
Crain's: How has the relationship between chefs and local farmers changed over the last couple of decades?- Judith Nemes
Jul 10, 2012
It's a truly engaging look at a Midwestern farm. Most of these farms have developed a close relationship with chefs such as- Amy Azzarito
Jul 8, 2012
This is a great resource for any locavore, a person who is interested in eating food grown within a short distance from his- Margo Dill
Des Moines Register
Jun 6, 2012
[Farmer Jude Becker] agreed to be part of the book, he said, because, "it is important for people to understand the cycle- Jennifer Miller
Off the Water
Jul 28, 2012
This is a great piece for folks who are interested in the healthier food concept. In recent years, there has been a push- Sharon Blumberg
Buying fruits and vegetables at her neighborhood farmers market is one of Anna Blessing's favorite things.
Book on farms features Bare Knuckle in Northport
-Lisa Perkins Aug 23, 2012