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What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

We’re scoured the best of the web for food lovers. From $25 per pound cherries to free roadkill, we’ve got food stories for every budget.


+ Good fruit will cost you a pretty penny. Good, fresh fruit will cost you one thousand pretty pennies. Head over to The Orchard in Brooklyn and you’ll get a sense for this specialty price tag at Brooklyn’s upscale fruit store.

Produce is a challenging, low-margin business, even if you’re hawking cheap, last-off-the-truck, woody asparagus to clientele who don’t care much about quality. Selling perfect specimens of fruit, be they $25-per-pound cherries from Australia or $20-per-pound soursop from the Caribbean, requires the alignment of myriad unmanageable factors—weather, water levels, and airport schedules being just a handful. The product must be moved efficiently, and customers must be willing to pay a pretty penny (or one thousand of them) for it.

+ Looking for the best street food in LA? Head to this Guatemalan street market.

+ Interesting news: roadkill dinners are now (finally) legal in Oregon.

+ Smuggling food is just as hard as smuggling cocaine. Perhaps it is the other way around?  

+ Having access to good, fresh produce is next to impossible as a prisoner. That is, unless a prisoner have access to his own secret garden like Matthew Hahn.

The guys on the yard would get jealous when we’d tell them how we’d eaten watermelon that day. Many of them hadn’t even tasted a watermelon, or a bell pepper, or a squash, in decades. We knew we had something special, but there was no way it could be shared with the rest of the population. The food we grew was strictly prohibited on the inside—and at first, at the end of each work day, we were stripped naked every time on the way back into the cellblock in order to ensure that it remained that way.

+ Like other SF Natives, Fiorella’s chef, Dante Cecchini goes thrifting for vintage goods on his day off. Read about his antiquing adventure on The Bold Italic.

+ In Kansas, wayward Monsanto’s weedkiller dicamba has been killing soybeans as it spreads through the hot, summer air:

Estimates of dicamba’s damage, however, continue to increase. Since the Plant Board’s vote, the number of dicamba-related complaints in Arkansas has soared to 550. Reports of damage also are increasing in the neighboring states of Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi. The total area of damaged soybean fields could reach 2 million acres.

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