The growing season may almost be over, but many people have more tomatoes, cucumbers and other veggies than they know what to do with. Monday, we’re discussing a solution to that problem: food preservation. We’ll be talking about the joys, traditions and methods of putting food by when the harvest is heaviest, and we want to hear about your family recipes and customs. We’ll also explore Mormon pioneer foodways and uncover the culinary challenges and delights of settling the Great Salt Lake Basin.
Wednesday, we're paying homage to a few of summer's iconic crops. We'll start off with peaches—those gorgeous, fuzzy flavor bombs, erupting with juice at the slightest bite. The writer and farmer David "Mas" Masumoto and Steven Rosenberg, the Chief Eating Officer at Salt Lake's Liberty Heights market, will tell us how to discern a great peach, and when and how to pick them. We'll also be joined by Amy Goldman, the renowned gardener and author, to worship at the altar of the incredibly diverse heirloom tomato and explore the rich gifts of heirloom melons.
Wednesday, farming and gardening experts, young and old, join Doug to help ring in the 2012 growing season. Local farming guru Fred Montague and ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan will discuss soil health – because good food starts with good soil – and the increasing need for small, local gardens to help counteract the ill side effects of industrial food production. Then we’ll switch gears to explore the rise of America’s new crop of farmers who are adapting old techniques to fit their new agricultural ethos.