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Josh Ploeg travels around the country throwing dinner parties. Daniel Orr plants potatoes and preserves grape leaves. And, farmers take a chance on new crops.

dinner party outside at night

Photo: dana robinson (Flickr)

Joshua Ploeg cooks in other people's kitchens all over the country just like he used to play in other people's basements when he was in punk bands.

Veganism gets a reputation for being exclusive, but really — barring allergies — anybody can eat it and it should be really welcoming. So, that’s my attitude about it.

Joshua Ploeg used to travel around the country as the lead singer of several punk bands. Now he’s on the road cooking. We got an invitation to one of his pop-up cafes where the food is vegan and all are welcome.

Farmers know that trying new things is both risky and necessary, and success means not just growing something new but also selling it. Harvest Public Media has more.

Chef Daniel Orr has a garden project for us today… planting potatoes, then he preserves grape leaves and mashes some rutabagas.

And a visit to the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market to check out some heirloom tomato seeds.

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Making The Leap: How Niche Crops Go Mainstream

Ajay Nair holding sweet potatoes

Diverting acres away from a major commodity to an un-tested crop is risky, but sometimes farmers can reap the benefits of innovation.

Picking Grape Leaves and Rolling Dolmas

Grape Leaves

Chef Orr picks grape leaves from a tree near his home and then transforms them into dolmas with mushroom stuffing.

Grandma Orr’s Polish Rutabaga Mash

Rutabaga Mash

This recipe combines the rutabagas with potatoes for a twist on your traditional mashed potato recipe.

Early Gardening: Growing Potatoes In Baskets

potato plants

It’s still a little bit chilly outside, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your garden.

Meet A Farmer: Cathy Crosson, Red Rosa Farm

yarns from alpacas from Red Rosa Farm

Cathy Crosson's table at the Winter Farmers Market includes many different colors of alpaca yarns and over 300 varieties of heirloom seeds.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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