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Food Critic Laura Reiley Investigates The Farm In Farm-To-Table Dining

When Laura Reiley saw ‘local asparagus’ offered in open-air markets in Florida, she knew something was wrong. Asparagus crops need cold weather to thrive. (Photo credit: Peter Moore/Flickr)

“I didn’t have an investigative team, I didn’t have a data team and all the things that people now have at newspapers. I mostly bumbled my way through with dumpster diving and getting moles in kitchens to feed me invoices and that kind of thing. “

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley talks with Earth Eat’s Associate Producer Alex Chambers about her groundbreaking work exposing fraudulent claims in local farmers’ markets and Farm-to-Table dining.

And Jackie Bea Howard joins us with her nourishing smoothie bowl recipe to keep you on track (or get you back on track) with those New Year’s resolutions.


Laura Reily has served as food critic for the Tampa Bay Times for nearly 11 years. She recently revealed her identity, after years of being undercover, as many food critics are.

Her award-winning “Farm to Fable” series led to nominations for a Pulitzer Prize for criticism and a James Beard Award. She was a finalist for both in 2017.

This week we learned that Reiley will be leaving the Tampa Bay Times for a position with the Washington Post.

Music on this Episode

Coming Down to Me by Hope Poe and Stephen Stern (from Killer Tracks)

No Hay Problema by Pink Martini from Sympathique

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Jackie Bea’s Smoothie Bowl

Start the day off right, with a smoothie bowl! Check out the recipe, then customize the textures and flavors to your personal tastes.

General Mills Recalls Flour After Salmonella Test

General Mills has recalled all 5-pound bags of Gold Medal unbleached flour after detecting Salmonella in a sample.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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