eatlocalfood (Mercedes Taylor Puckett)


Comment history

Another push made to repeal limits on allowing corporate farming

I believe that the issue of contradictory testimony is in reference to the Kansas Farm Bureau Policy, not the organization's bylaws.
Policy, if I am not mistaken, is revisited annually by delegates at an annual meeting. Delegate vote, section by section, on policy positions. The end result serves as the member-approved policy until the next annual meeting.

March 21, 2013 at 11:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'High tunnels' extend growing season for many fruit and vegetable crops near Lawrence

High tunnels are a valuable risk management tool for farms. As Kansans know, our weather is quite volatile. Too much rain at the wrong time and the window for planting can come and go. Throw a hail storm in, and crops can be set back or even destroyed. High tunnels help to mitigate these weather related risks.
High tunnels also, as mentioned in the article, extend the growing season. This means farmers are actually earning money for weeks beyond what is possible in field production. Many farmers find that they are able to recoup their hoop house investment within 12-24 months. So most farmers, once they develop the new skills needed to farm in the hoop house environment, end up putting another tunnel on their farm.
I applaud NCRS' commitment to assisting specialty crop farmers to diversify and to manage risk on our local farms.

October 25, 2010 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another downtown property owner expresses concerns about late-night food cart operations

From das' posting below it sounds as if the applicant is required to own a KDA licensed mobile unit before they can become a street vendor:
"A licensed street vendor must prove current State of Kansas Health
Department Certificate of Approval if selling food or non-alcoholic
beverages, and must prove any other licenses or certificates that are
required by the State of Kansas."

September 13, 2010 at 7:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A label for local: Getting Kaw Valley food — no guess work needed

Thanks for getting the word out about the Our Local Food Program.
One clarification, Our Local Food is an independent program and isn't connected with the national Buy Local Buy Fresh program. They're a great group, we just decided that a "homegrown" program would work best in Kansas!
If you're interested in learning more, please click over to our site:
Thanks, Mercedes

August 16, 2010 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lessons in lunch: Elementary students learn ingredients come from places besides grocery store

No one you know would eat lasagna? Bread sticks? Salad? Rhubarb-strawberry crisp?

May 20, 2010 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Potato potential: Plant your spuds now for best results

Thumbs up to Jennifer Smith for the consistently excellent, weekly articles.

March 15, 2010 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmers’ market access growing

Local food and farmers market produce isn't always more expensive than what can be purchased in a supermarket. In fact, it is often competitively priced and a superior product to boot!
Research conducted last summer by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows few differences in price for Iowa-grown vegetables, eggs and meat when compared to similar non-local products. You can read a brief description of this study here:
Farmers markets across Kansas offer fruits and vegetables at different price points. Buying in season produce is quite affordable.
And speaking of tax dollars, as Paul points out, “Kansans import 97 percent of the $525 million in produce purchased annually in the state.” Why send $500 million of our food dollars to Florida, Texas, California and Mexico when farmers could be paying taxes (sales, employment, social security...) right here?

February 15, 2010 at 9:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Exotic Prairie: Cookbook celebrates 10 years of using unusual local foods

Nancy's book is not only beautifully written and illustrated, it's quite affordable! We offer it for $15 in the Info Booth at the Saturday Farmers' Market as a fundraiser for the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market.

August 9, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmers Market looks to expand

Things seem to be getting a bit distorted in terms of who requested the Wednesday Farmers' Market.

The Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market asked the Merc to consider the possibility of permitting a weekday market in its lot.

No one from the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market has contacted ANY City Commissioner about the Wednesday Market at the Merc.

The Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market has followed the standard planning department procedure in seeking to have a Wednesday Market in front of the Merc-site plan application filed, adjacent property owner notification, public sign posting and application fee...

The DLFM is continuing to work with the Lawrence Douglas County Planning Department on the proposed site plan. No request for a variance has been filed.

March 16, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmers Market looks to expand

The issue of shopper safety is addressed in the Farmers' Market Site Plan Application:
Detailed Description of Proposed Project:
Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market seeks to use the northern most parking aisle in the Community Mercantile parking lot at 901 Iowa for a two-hour market on Wednesday afternoons from mid-April to mid-November.

The market area will be surrounded with vendor vehicles. Vehicles will be placed within the parking stalls with the tables and tents extending into the aisle's normal drive lane.

-The ATM will be walk-up only
-The ATM's drive-thru lane will be blocked by a barricade and a vendor's vehicle
-The western end of the aisle will be blocked by a vendor's SUV and market trailer; the trailer and vehicle will remain attached to facilitate quick movement in case of emergency
-A large section abutting the corner of 9th and Iowa will not be occupied to maintain the line of sight at the intersection

Several (two to three) pedestrian openings will be built into the market map. The placement and width of these opening will be based on the recommendations of the city's planning department. Their width will be insufficient to allow vehicular traffic to enter the market.

Orange cones will be placed in the designate market area at approximately 2:00 to 2:30 pm.
Vendors will begin arriving at 3:00 pm.
The market site will be fully secured (encased with vendor vehicles) by 3:30 pm.
Opening bell will ring at 4:00 pm.
Closing bell will ring at 6:00 pm.
All vendors will leave the market site by 6:30 pm.

Additionally the number of parking spaces utilized by the market will be dependent on the number of vendors in attendance-if there are only 10 vendors (common April-June and September-November) present, the market will shrink to use only half the northern aisle.

March 16, 2007 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )