3:57 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Newly arrived pest damaging Midwest fruit crops

A spotted wing drosophila rests on a raspberry.
Credit Photo courtesy of Timothy Baker

Shoppers hoping to buy berries, peaches and grapes at farmers markets in Missouri may be looking a little bit harder this summer due to a newly arrived pest that is damaging crops across the state.

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9:51 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The struggle to trace produce from farm to table

The 62-year-old trucker Del Smith has survived rodeos, Vietnam and an industrial accident in Texas. But he never expected he'd meet his next brush with death in this very truck by eating a cantaloupe he bought in July at an Illinois farm stand.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

When he’s on the road, Del Smith’s home is his blue-and-silver 18-wheeler. The tidy cab has everything that Smith, who is a slight mustachioed man, needs for a long haul: a fridge for his iced tea, a bunk made with a blanket decorated with cowboy boots, a first-aid kit. In his 62 years of life, Smith’s survived near-death experiences riding rodeo, flying helicopters in Vietnam and, most recently, an industrial accident in Texas. He never thought his next brush with death would take place right here in his truck, after buying a cantaloupe in July from a Byron, Ill., farm stand.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland

Are most Midwest dinner tables filled with rows and rows of iceberg lettuce?
benketaro Flickr

Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is apparently the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.

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