Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

Voices From The Drought, Corn Two Ways, Street Food

Eric Herm and Steve Bright talk about how their farms are affected by the drought. We grill and preserve corn, and we eat street food in Ohio and Indiana.

farmers walking in corn field

Photo: iowa_corn (Flickr)

In spite of the drought, American farmers are still on track to produce the the third-highest corn harvest in history.

Well, sometimes you pray a little, sometimes you drink some tequila and some years you may go through more tequila than you do prayers.

That’s farmer and author Eric Herm. He talks about how he’s navigating the drought conditions on his farm in west Texas.

This week, the USDA declared that over 1,000 counties in 26 states will automatically qualify for disaster assistance due to the extreme drought felt nationwide. While Morgan County, Indiana is not one of the counties designated as a disaster area, Steve Bright of Bright Family Farms in Martinsville says the lack of rain and extreme temperatures are doing a number on his farm.

Corn crops have had a rough go of it lately, which is going to make our two recipes that much sweeter. Grilled corn with Mexican crema and corn cob jelly are great ways to pay homage to a summer staple.

We talk taco trucks with Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures.

And, the guys of Happy Pig whip up their signature breakfast sandwich, which is best enjoyed on the streets.

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The Drought And Your Plants

drought farm

Much of Indiana has been in a drought since May, and on this week's Noon Edition, we'll talk about how the low rainfall is impacting your plants.

Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

ears of corn with Mexican creme

Grill up some ears of corn and spoon this rich creme over top.

Corn Mania: Avocado & Corn Chowder And Corn Cob Jelly

Corn Cob Jelly

We took a break from the podcast to record some new recipes and interviews, but we’re back in the saddle celebrating one of the last reminders of summer - corn.

Who Are You Calling A Corporate Farmer?

farm

Agriculture is a big business fueled by big businesses. But farmers themselves still come in many sizes.

Food Trucks: High-Class Eats For The Streets

Eric Sjaaheim Of Happy Pig Food Cart

We’re taking it to the streets and exploring food trucks in Columbus, Ohio with Bethia Woolf. And, Happy Pig serves high class, local food from a two-man cart.

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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