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Posted on: June 2, 2021

SEEDS Launches Weekly Podcast Promoting Local Foods

A mural image of a farm truck loaded with produce from the field.

SEEDS of Northeast Pennsylvania has launched a new podcast, “Today’s Main Ingredient: Bringing Farm Food to Your Table,” which focuses on local farms and food businesses one ingredient at a time.

 In this weekly series, listeners hear the inside story from farmers themselves about how each episode’s featured ingredient is grown and produced… local chefs, caterers and food entrepreneurs demystify what to do with that ingredient once you get it into your kitchen. Finally, a certified nutritionist/dietitian weighs in on that ingredient’s healthy-eating properties. 

“Today’s Main Ingredient” (TMI) is a 15-minute program posted on the SEEDS website (www.SEEDSGroup.net). It also airs on radio on Sunday mornings on 95.3 DNH-FM and Classic Hits 105 at 7:05 and 7:20 a.m. respectively. A podcast segment has also aired in a recent “Farm & Country” program on WJFF Radio Catskill. All three stations post episodes on their own podcast sites. 

Creator and producer, Jane Bollinger, co-chair of the Wayne Tomorrow! Agriculture Task Force and a SEEDS board member, wrote the original grant to the Greater Pike Community Foundation to fund the project. Since then, additional funding has been received from the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau and the Overlook Estate Foundation. Two local farms—Fertile Valley Farm and Wolfe Spring Farm—sponsor the radio programs.

Each week, host Mikki Uzupes welcomes a local farmer and a local chef or food entrepreneur, interviewing them about that episode’s main ingredient. She also is responsible for editing and mixing the program.  SEEDS board member and volunteer Jack Barnett curates the fact-filled TMI webpage at www.SEEDSGroup.net.

Bollinger said she created the weekly series to feature a vegetable or fruit when it is locally in-season and available at local farmers’ markets. “Our goals not only are to encourage people to buy fresh and buy local and support our local farmers but also to inspire them to try a new vegetable or other local farm product by learning something about how to prepare it.” 

In recent years, increasing numbers of health- and taste-conscious eaters have decided they want to know what’s in the food they are eating and where it comes from. Many have found their answers by turning to local farmers— through farmers’ markets, on-farm stores, roadside farm stands and regular farm-box subscriptions called CSAs, often filled with the “farmer’s choice” of that week’s harvest.

You can learn more about the guests and the ingredient, check out recipes and listen to the show online at www.SEEDSGroup.net or TodaysMainIngredient.org.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeast Pennsylvania promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. Programs include virtual and physical community forums and workshops, residential and nonprofit energy assessments, and environmental education. SEEDS also serves as a platform for sustainability information and news.

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