Friday Five!

Happy Friday! Help out a local farm, deconstruct gender, drool at some melt-in-your-mouth (raw, vegan, gf, sugar free) cookies, learn about “whole foods,”  and listen to Angela Davis talk about chickens/be amazing!

1. Help Laughing Loon Farm!

Laughing Loon Farm is “a small-scale, diversified farm in Northfield, MN.  They grow dozens of varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers using sustainable farming practices like crop rotation, organic pest management and cover cropping.” They describe themselves as a “different kind of ‘CSA’–a Chef Supported Agriculture farm!” Over 20 chefs in Northfield and the Twin Cities area support Laughing Loon Farm by featuring their local, organically-grown vegetables and herbs.

Laughing Loon Farm is now in the running for a $2,500 grant from Raising Organic Family Farms that they’d use to put up season extension hoop houses.  By extending the season earlier into the spring and later into the fall, they could have more opportunities for Farm to School connections, tours and events for students, and collaborations with educators.  Plus at least two more months of local food!

Will you take 10 seconds to vote? All it takes is one click on the little Thumbs Up icon — no registration needed!

Dayna Burtness


(NOTE: I don’t know Dayna personally, but she is a friend of a friend who vouches that she’s awesome!)

2. Deconstructing the “Vegan Man” Issue of VegNews

I was so happy to stumble across this critique of VegNews’ “Vegan Man Issue” on Queer Vegan Food. Like Sarah, I too was a little nervous when I heard that one of my favorite vegan magazines was doing an issue about “men.” Being a bit of a Gender-Studies-Graduate-Student stereotype, I had a feeling that the magazine might produce something that perpetuated rigid conceptions of masculinity. According to Sarah’s critique, I was right.

Read this really awesome analysis, and respond to Sarah’s call to action to tell VegNews that we want them to “recognize how they have blundered with “The Vegan Man Issue” and will take steps to ensure that sexism and heterosexism have no place in their pages.”

3. Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies


My new most exciting blog discovery is definitely Addicted to Veggies. Sarahfae is a raw vegan who fills her site with gorgeous, drool-worthy recipes for raw treats, both savory and sweet. I am continually blown away with the magnificence she creates with natural, whole, unprocessed, raw food. One of the recipes I’m most excited to try is this one for coconut lemon meltaways. They look scrumptious (and oh-so spring!)!

4. “Whole Foods”

No, not the bourgeois-yuppie grocery store to which I reluctantly admit to being a devotee. I’m talking about the non-trademarked “whole foods,” as in that buzz-phrase you hear in the healthy food world describing what we should all be eating. But what exactly are “whole foods”? Is not a Clif Bar whole? Is not a box of happens-to-be-vegan Oreos food? (Okay, so you have to say those last two sentences as though a Clif Bar and a box of Oreos are, like, at a podium in an old-fashioned town square giving a speech about their value as people. Are you envisioning this with me? Hilarious!).

Well, sorry to crush the revolutionary spirit of the  processed food up there, but, no, pretty much anything that comes in a package is not a “whole food.” Have you ever heard that tip to “shop the perimeter of a grocery store”? That is the part of the store that will offer whole foods–nothing in a box, nothing in a bag.

But, in the words of Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it.” Take a look at this super-helpful article that describes what is and isn’t a whole food, as well as the problems with processed foods.

5. Angela Davis on Ethical Eating

Holy shit. I’m sorry, I know I say I’ll watch my language on this thing, but this is just too good. Angela Davis is one of the most inspiring women on the planet. Basically, “when she talks, I hear the revolution.” But never have I heard her talk about ethical eating or animals. Fortunately, the also-inspiring Breeze Harper (a woman doing her dissertation on black women using veganism as a process of decolonizing the body) posted a Q&A with Ms. Davis where she asked her specifically to speak to food choices. She responded with this brilliance:

“It seems to me that not knowing how to recognize…that the food we eat masks so much cruelty. The fact that we could sit down and eat a piece of chicken without thinking about the horrendous conditions under which chickens are industrially bred in this country is a sign of the dangers of capitalism. How capitalism has colonized our minds. The fact that we look no further than the commodity itself. The fact that we refuse to understand the relationships that underlie the commodities that we use on a daily basis.”

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