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Pizza Man Jeff Mease, Succotash, Organic (But Not Certified)

Tomatoes on Jeff Mease's farm make it onto plates at his restaurant Lennie's. Succotash with corn, peas. Living Roots doesn't want USDA organic certification.

Florida weave tomato trellising

You know, everybody loves tomatoes. There are a lot of varieties. Tomatoes are interesting. And I’m a pizza man, right, so tomatoes sort of come naturally.

Jeff Mease has made a living off selling tomatoes in the form of pizza sauce. Instead of speaking with him in one of his restaurants, we go to his farm to find out why he spends so much time and effort growing his own tomatoes.

Cooking with tomatoes is one of the joys of late-summer. Daniel Orr makes an easy dish with the tiniest of tomatoes.

Then it’s a succotash with another summer darling — corn.

What’s going on with Monsanto these days? Harvest Public Media tells us it could be adjusting its business plan.

And a visit to a farm in French Lick, Indiana, where using organic growing practices is way more important than getting the USDA seal of approval.

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Monsanto Sets Off A Corporate ‘Feeding Frenzy’

In the past few years, Monsanto has purchased weather analysis companies and big data firms. The company now wants to buy the Swiss chemical company, Syngenta.

Hoosier Autumn Succotash

Red pepper, green zucchini, yellow corn… Grab whatever colorful veggies you have in your fridge for this recipe.

No Organic Certification? No Problem.

Living Roots grows food organically, but since they are not USDA certified, Michael Hicks has to come up with other ways to describe their growing practices.

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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