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Grounded by the Farm brings food lovers conversations with farmers every other Wednesday. We learn about how the foods are grown, tips on storing & preparing and how their family prepares it, and more.

Grounded by the Farm Janice L Person

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Grounded by the Farm brings food lovers conversations with farmers every other Wednesday. We learn about how the foods are grown, tips on storing & preparing and how their family prepares it, and more.

    How Our Family Holiday Food Traditions Have Shifted: A Conversation with My Mom

    How Our Family Holiday Food Traditions Have Shifted: A Conversation with My Mom

    Holidays bring together an amazing combination of foods & traditions, but how often do we step back and talk about how our families celebrated the holidays 25, 50, even 75 years ago? That's exactly the conversation we have with my mom (Ada Person) today. She shares her memories of holiday celebrations in the 1940s explaining what was on the table for meals, the gifts & decorations all. And we talk about some of the factors that have driven changes in the seventies as she raised kids and much more recently as grandchildren and great grands are a bigger part of the equation. 
    Recipes for several of the dishes are now on our website https://groundedbythefarm.com/family-holiday-recipes/ 
    And you can find photos, detailed shownotes, etc at https://groundedbythefarm.com/family-holiday-food-traditions/

    • 23 min
    Holiday Foods and Traditions: Stories from Listeners & Friends

    Holiday Foods and Traditions: Stories from Listeners & Friends

    We're off the farm in this episode as listeners and friends share their holiday foods and traditions. As we listen to these five people tell us about the foods that must be a part of their festive season, it's impossible not to reflect more on our own traditions. It's also likely to make you want to visit someone else's holiday table to try at least one dish! 
    You'll hear from:
    Ari Mateos (Mexicali, MX) who shares tips on why pozole is different during the holidays and the best part of bacalao (a traditional dish made with cod) Josie Gordon (AL) who's family celebrates a traditional Southern Thanksgiving with turkey & dressing, but who's Cuban roots lead at Christmas Nikki Miller Ka (NC) who says holidays are fairly similar with proteins like turkey, ham or lamb enjoyed but Southern Mac & Cheese is critical!   Dana Zucker (MD) who welcomes guests at Sugar Water Manor shares about Hanukkah and the latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts) Rosemary Mark (CA) discusses the holiday cakes & noodles through her family's lens as immigrants from Germany and her husband's family immigration from China.  We share some more notes on groundedbythefarm.com and access our full series of episodes and posts on favorite holiday foods from the farm and kitchen! 

    • 23 min
    Update: Life Beside a Cranberry Marsh: Smoothies, Ecology & a Cran-Baby

    Update: Life Beside a Cranberry Marsh: Smoothies, Ecology & a Cran-Baby

    We first talked with cranberry farmer Amber Bristow more than two years ago. She did an amazing job helping us understand this uniquely American fruit grown on vines low to the ground with water added at harvest to float the berries to the top making them easy to collect! 

    We catch back up with her picking up on some of the things that have changed in the past two years. Cranberries went viral with a skateboarder, Amber dipped her toe in the TikTok world, we created a lesson plan to help elemntary students learn more about this great food and a cran-baby joined the family farm! 
    See videos, photos and get links to the products discussed at https://groundedbythefarm.com/cranberry-marsh/ 

    • 53 min
    Updated: Pumpkin Patches and the Passing of Time

    Updated: Pumpkin Patches and the Passing of Time

    Back in 2020, we talked with Shannon Latham who runs a pumpkin farm up in Northern Iowa. Well, now that 2022's pumpkin season has rolled around, we headed back to the pumpkin patch to find out what the latest news is for Shannon and Enchanted Acres.
    Shannon shared a range of favorite foods -- pumpkin pudding, Pumpkin pie and of course pumpkin muffins for breakfast (and throughout the day) She also shares some decisions to make when it comes to running a pumpkin farm. And while people tend to think about pumpkin patches for six weekends in the fall, farm families have something on the calendar most of the year with planting, pest management and there's all that time thinking about what to plant.
    The episode from 2020 was edited & remastered and has the update here too! 

    • 36 min
    Beekeeping and Building Leadership Skills at Sankofa Farms

    Beekeeping and Building Leadership Skills at Sankofa Farms

    Have you ever considered beekeeping as the path to teaching leadership skills and tap passions?
    Kamal Bell has been doing that on his first generation farm in Cedar Grove, NC. As we sat down to discuss the farm, we found chairs and sat down in a hot tunnel surrounded by seedlings to be planted soon for fall/winter harvests.
    We talk through getting the bee hives ready for winter. Kamal admits he wasn't a fan of bees before. Starting hives was actually a suggestion of one of the youth in the farm's agricultural leadership program. The lessons from the hives keep coming and they draw a lot of interest from young and old. 
    See photos, video & more at https://groundedbythefarm.com/bee-hives/
    Follow Sankofa Farms on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/sankofafarms/

    • 32 min
    Foraging Pawpaws, Fruit Farming and Making Fruit Leather

    Foraging Pawpaws, Fruit Farming and Making Fruit Leather

    Pawpaws are one of a handful of unique fruits and vegetables native to the United States, and yet they are not nearly as widely enjoyed as the holiday must have cranberries!  One of the reasons they aren't as well known is the primary way to get pawpaws is foraging for them. Jeff Hake sits down with us to talk about pawpaws and other fruits being grown at Funk's Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains and some of the products they are making too.
    Katie and Jonathan Funk grew up on the family farm & playing in Funk's Grove. Now, they are working with Katie's husband Jeff to try different practices and crops. They are creating unique food products using heritage grains and crops they grow as well as foods foraged from the grove.
    They have planted a combination of grains and offer some baking and bread mixes. And with the fruit trees they have planted they offer fruit leathers and other yummies. All of it is available just off the historic Route 66 in Illinois or online. 
    See photos, video & more at https://groundedbythefarm.com/foraging-pawpaws/ 
    Video of our farm visit https://youtu.be/-pf5xtPADHw 
    Jeff shows how to make fruit leather https://youtu.be/5mCqo0gYtzc 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Milton Stokes ,

One of best ag podcasts

I can’t say enough great things about this podcast, hosted by my friend and colleague Janice Person. She’s got the best approach with tackling challenging topics. Making ag accessible, Janice uses her own extensive experience and engages with her massive network of agriculturalists—many of whom serve as guests on the podcast.

Maxlife24 ,

Real farmers. Real stories.

There’s a lot of food and agriculture podcasts out there but what’s different about Grounded by the Farm is that the host, Janice, really loves ag and the farmers she has on her show really love their products. This enthusiasm and love for the land and what it can give us permeates each episode and makes you wish you had more farmer friends. Plus, you’ll always learn something new about the food you eat. Definitely give it a listen.

ams_ybe ,

Agriculture - Farms - Rural Life - For everyone

I thought I knew a lot about all kinds of agriculture but I’m learning even more, more over it’s entertaining! Janice & her guests are great. It’s like going to the coffee shop & having a nice visit!

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