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This month’s podcast highlights a few of the creative, hardworking people who have made food not only their personal passion, but the basis for their professinal lives as well. We’re calling them food entrepreneurs. We spoke with two such food entrepreneurs to learn how they turned their passions for local foods into thriving businesses.

A few months ago, FSC contributor Erika Tebbens attended NOFA-NY‘s conference in Saratoga Springs. She sat down with Marty Butts of Small Potatoes, a local foods advocacy and marketing business based out of Syracuse NY. Marty is passionate about fair trade issues, including domestic fair trade, and he’s masterfully built his business on supporting local producers while upholding farmers’ rights and fair agricultural labor practices.

FSC Editor Christina Davis caught up with the owner of an incredible new business that’s aiming to expand access to local foods through an innovative online farmers market. Farmie Market founder Sarah Gordon tells us about her journey from marketing her family’s grassed beef farm to operating a wildly successful business that has expanded throughout several counties and states.

On this month’s show, we also announce a few of our newest projects: a new Schenectady food swap, the launch of FSC Academy and our very first FSC Book Club!

Keith Drinkwine, Producer Manager at Kilpatrick Family Farm, stopped in to give us a quick crop report and tells us what we can expect to see soon at our local farmers markets.

We also have a very special treat for you this month! Alana Chernila, author of the blog Eating From the Ground Up and also the author behind the brand new cookbook The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You can Stop Buying and Start Making, was awesome enough to visit us at our Troy food swap this month. Because we love you so much, we’re bringing you an excerpt of Alana’s talk.

Thank you to FSC Swappers Kelly, Margaret, Ona & Joey for chatting with us about swapping.


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Happy Leap Day! February 29 only comes around once every four years, so get out there and enjoy it.

Today, From Scratch Club takes the leap (heh) into the wonderful world of podcasting! That’s right: you can now read the blog, plan for an FSC Swappers food swap and mark your calendars to visit us at our next community outreach event all while listening to the From Scratch Club podcast!

This podcast has been a long time coming. Over a year ago, Christina & Alexis put an FSC podcast on their wish list and now on this auspicious and memorable day, February 29, it’s live. A few months ago, Christina and I renewed the dream and decided to take the plunge. We planned and brainstormed and fretted and drank hot toddies, hoping that we weren’t completely crazy for thinking maybe, just maybe, we could whisper our sweet nothings about food and farming and swapping in your ears. The entire experience of recording and editing was brand new to us but we are getting the hang of it. I’m still working on not cringing when I listen to myself talk and, I’m happy to report, it is somehow getting easier.  We are obsessed with meeting and interviewing as many peeps as we can so that we can inspire, educate, share, giggle and chit chat with you, with our ever-growing FSC community.

Our hearts are bursting with nervousness and excitement. We are thrilled to present to you the first-ever From Scratch Club podcast!

Listen to Episode 01 here or subscribe via iTunes!

You can keep up with our new episodes and learn more about the podcast here.

Let us know what you’d like to hear! Is there someone that we must talk to and interview? Know of an event that you think we should cover? Do you have a topic that you are dying to know more about? Please, let us know. We are honored that this humble little podcast might take up residence on your iPod or laptop and we are excited to grow and improve with every episode. We hope this podcast will let you learn a little more about us, the wild and crazy ladies of FSC, but more importantly we hope this podcast lets us learn a lot about all of you. You homesteaders, cooks, bakers, gardeners, tiny apartment dwellers, full-scale farmers, foodies, dinner party hosts, dinner party guests, townhome owners, policy advocates, protesters, changemakers, food gurus, etc. We want to meet you and tell the world about you. Let’s chat.

THANK YOU: A huge thank you to everyone here at FSC, to our first interview guest Nicole Taylor of the Heritage Radio Network show “Hot Grease”, to NOFA-NY for giving us the opportunity to attend their conference and interview tons of interesting people, to our FSC Swappers for letting us chase them around with a microphone and for my partner-in-crime at home who helped me learn how to edit, made dinner while I stared at the computer and coaxed me to bed after hours of recording and mixing.


NICOLE TAYLOR: You can find more information about Nicole Taylor on her blog, food culturist, or follow her on twitter, or on Facebook. Hot Grease can be found on Itunes and is apart of the WONDERFUL Heritage Radio Network that records live in the back of Roberta's in a shipping container.

Nutritional Yeast: The Wikipedia summary Christina read is found here.

Information about FSC Food Swaps can be found here.

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