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Crop Production

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Goes Fair Trade

    Longtime local chocolatier Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate (112 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-965-6615) is now selling Fair Trade chocolate. Fair Trade is a nonprofit that helps make sure suppliers in places like the Ivory Coast, where Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate gets all of its cocoa, are paid ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013
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    July 25, 2013
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    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Study: Missouri Rice Contains "Worrisome" Levels of Arsenic

    According to a new study from Consumer Reports, rice produced in the U.S. contains "worrisome" levels of arsenic. Tests performed by the magazine's researchers found elevated levels of the chemical in all kinds of everyday foods, like farina, rice cakes, and even in trusty Uncle Ben's. "In virtuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Schnucks Partners with BrightFarms to Build Hydroponic Greenhouse

    Some say that it is nearly impossible to get decent produce in the city of St. Louis. Veggie lovers stranded someplace far from a reputable farmer's market can often find themselves stuck with wilted lettuce, tasteless tomatoes, or -- if looking for something even slightly exotic -- left with noth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    SE Missouri Is Hardest-Hit By Drought, Yet Will Most Likely Produce Bumper Corn Crop

    Southeast Missouri has been wracked by severe category of drought for much of the summer -- just last week the U.S. Drought Monitor report showed that the entire southeastern corner of the state qualified for D4 status, the most exceptional category of drought. On Friday, the USDA forecast that corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    USDA Forecasts Steep Drop in Corn and Soybean Crops

    While we're finally getting a break from the summer heat, don't expect any farmers in the Midwest to jump for joy. Crops have been devastated by the drought, and the United States Department of Agriculture's latest production forecast reflects the damage.Corn production is projected to be down 13 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Ralph Linder: St. Louis Christmas Tree Farmer

    Julia GabbertRalph Lindner puts it in park at his O'Fallon Christmas tree farm.​Ralph Lindner passes the small lake on his property as the sun starts to descend behind the hills lined with conifers. Lindner, 73, has trouble walking far. Instead, he's utilizing his "wheelchair" -- a red Snapper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Try the Pumpkin Harvest Cupcake at the Cup

    We love pumpkins! We just want to carve 'em, roast their seeds and then bake the guts into all kinds of awesome. So, this autumn, we're on a quest for the tastiest local pumpkin goodies, before the fleeting flavor is gone. Do you have a favorite local seasonal pumpkin food? E-mail tips@riverfronttim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Cost of Peanut Butter Set to Rocket

    ​Whether you like your peanut butter smooth or creamy, organic or conventional, Skippy or Jif or Peter Pan, you're about to pay a lot more for it.According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, the wholesale cost of peanut butter will rise anywhere from 24%-40% next month. Since last year, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    St. Louis Area and Northeast U.S. Face Pumpkin Shortages

    Image viaWe're bummin' too, Mr. Pumpkin.​This summer's freaky weather -- floods to droughts and the scorching heat -- has done a number on the local pumpkin harvest. Last night FOX 2 reported that the St. Louis area's pumpkin crops are smaller this year, both in crop and fruit size. Harvest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Three Washington Strawberry Farms Busted for Child Labor Violations

    Wikimedia CommonsStrawberries tended by a person of legal working age. ​E. coli isn't the only problem plaguing strawberry farms in the Pacific Northwest. Last week three Washington State strawberry farms were fined for employing children as young as six years old to work in their fields. Be ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011
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    June 27, 2011

    Free Screening of Truck Farm Tonight at The Bottleworks

    Holly FannBrian DeSmet and his farm on wheels​ Gut Check was disappointed earlier this spring when we found out that the downtown farmers' market was cancelled for the year. Having a famers' market inside city limits in an urban setting is pretty sweet and a great educational opportunity as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Urban Chestnut Brewing Welcomes Bavarian Hop Farmers, Hallertau Hop Queen, for HopfenFest

    image viaCan you spot the reigning Hopfenkönigin? That's her in the middle, Christina Thalmaier!​Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) isn't letting its youth stop it from belly-flopping into St. Louis' vat full o' beer festivals. On Sunday, March 27, the fledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Yes, We Had No Bananas on Sunday

    Kate StewartBananas at the Hampton Village Schnucks on Jan. 31. ​Sunday night, Facebook and Twitter lit up with a panic. Not just from the news of the impending storm doom, but because of a lack of bananas. Readers reported that Schnucks stores in Richmond Center only had organic bananas in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Battle of the Pumpkin Cupcakes: Squashing the Competition

    image viaCute enough to eat, but not legal to eat. ​Now that your Halloween hangover is but a distant memory, we're going to have to break it to you: Our long, gourd-related national nightmare is not over yet. Thanksgiving looms in the near future, and pumpkin-related desserts will be crowding our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    13 New Names (Besides Corn Sugar) for High Fructose Corn Syrup [Updated]

    ​As Robin reported in today's Morning Brew, Gut Check's dear friends at the Corn Refiners Association is trying to gain permission to market high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar."The cynic inside us doesn't begrudge the Corn Refiners Association this attempt at damage control, but we feel compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    India's Wheat Surplus Rots While Country Continues to Suffer Malnutrion

    With half of its child population malnourished, India has more wheat than it can store, which could lead to global food inflation. The Associate Press reports that India has no place to store a wheat surplus that could feed 210 million people. Instead, 17.8 million tons of wheat is rotting in the el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Video: Japanese Lingerie Company Introduces Bra That Grows Rice

    No, really. It's a bra that doubles as a personal rice farm. From Japanese lingerie company Triumph, whose website made for the best "research" Gut Check has done in quite some time. Thanks, Triumph!Oh, yeah, I guess the video is moderately NSFW. Definitely NSFW if you have a coworker with a grain f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Yirgacheffe a Coffee or a Brand?

    Like Champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe coffee takes its name from the region where it's grown. Sweet, fruity and well-balanced Yirgacheffe has become a household name among coffee aficionados. Now, due to changes in how Ethiopia regulates its coffee market, Yirgacheff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 7.20

    A fungus is devastating tomato crops in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. (New York Times)Turkey -- Turkey!!! -- has banned smoking in restaurants and other public places. (AP)A lengthy excerpt from the new memoir by New York Times food critic Frank Bruni. (New York Times)

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    The Best of Gut Check: Java Enabled

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.While Gut Check i ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 6.26

    The challenge of working in the restaurant and bar industry as a recovering alcoholic. Good article. (New York Times)Zimbabwe faces severe hunger issues despite increased crop yields. (AFP)Superstar Chicago chef Grant Achatz sells his memoirs. (New York Times)

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Coffee Recession-Proof?

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Is coffee recession ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Java Enabled: Portrait of a Coffee Farmer

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.One Saturday morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Java Enabled: Blue Mountain Blues

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.It came in a small b ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
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    December 11, 2007
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    November 15, 2006

    Gobble, Gobble?

    Yes, indeed!

  • Music

    July 6, 2005

    Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson

    Friday, July 8; GMC Stadium (Sauget Industrial Park Drive and Goose Lake Road, Sauget, Illinois)

  • News

    August 11, 1999

    AGAINST THE GRAIN

    Time and progress have conspired to end the working life of the last grain elevator in St. Louis County

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