The Simple Plate

"The Simple Plate" is a new feature on Northland Morning every other Tuesday at 8:00 am, featuring tales of local food made and produced by local people.

You'll hear conversations with local chefs and local food growers. We'll discuss food culture, visit area food events, and even share a few recipes.

"The Simple Plate" is supported by Whole Foods Co-Op of Duluth.

François Médion

When François Médion was the urban farm manager for the Duluth Grill, he saw his role as that of a builder.

Not just in the sense that he had to rip up a parking lot and put in an orchard and a rain garden, but he wanted to build an awareness of the need for wild things and wild spaces.

Now, in his new role as master gardener at the Ojibwe School on the Fond du Lac Reservation, the former summer program has grown to be a full-time, year-round venture.

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If more photographs of dandelions sauteeing in butter and other look-what-I-just-picked-out-of-the-woods meal options are starting to populate your social media feeds, there are some good reasons for that.

In addition to growing their own food, folks are getting more interested in finding/foraging their own food, too.

But you can't just wander around stuffing random vegetation in your mouth; how are you supposed to learn what's safe to eat and how to prepare it?

Eric Ament says that's the joy of the "plant walk": "everyone is teaching their own experience."

Fisher-Merritt Family

When Janaki Fisher-Merrit was a kid growing up on the farm, his idea of teenage rebellion was telling his parents how they should be doing things.  Now the co-owner of the Food Farm in Wrenshall is telling a whole new generation of farmers.

Dani Pieratos

Farming at the bottom of a mine, working with your family, "Bear Clan negotiations" and more ...

Harvest Nation is poised to become an indoor, aeroponic farm ready to serve (in its pilot program incarnation) about a hundred families on the Iron Range.

But eventually, the plan is to serve about six times that number.

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Where have all the flowers gone? sang Pete Seeger.

Girls have picked them, every one...

  Yes, but did you know they were eating them?

The Simple Plate Episode 7 - Randy Hanson, PhD

Feb 4, 2020
Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson

From Eco-Entrepreneurship to the climate crisis, Randy walks us through the history of farming in the Anthropocene and ultimately, how food brings us closer together. 

                        

Listen to our full interview with Randy Hanson

Part 1:

Part Two:

The Simple Plate: Duluth Coffee Company

Jan 7, 2020
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Duluth Coffee Company

"On this episode we meet with Sam Levar of Duluth Coffee Company. We dive into the dark roast vs light roast myth, the numerous processes that ultimately affect the flavor of your coffee, and why Lake Superior’s water makes for a such great cup. " 

Two young men in a radio studio talking to each other into microphones and wearing headphones
courtesy of The Bark at UMD

This week we talk with Adam Kemp of Uff-da Organics, a farm near Wrenshall that specializes in pick-your-own strawberries plus wholesale vegetables and herbs.

  

Today we're joined Shane Dickey of Superior Small Batch a vegan food producer located in the Twin Ports. 

Over the years, Shane has developed a recipe for flavor-packed, meat free, burgers and sausages, amongst other vegan foods. 

The Simple Plate: Cole Grotting of UMD's Land Lab

Nov 27, 2019
Young man in overalls standing next to a truck bed full of winter squash.
Photo by Cole Grotting

This week we're joined at the table by Cole Grotting of the UMD Land Lab where we discuss the importance of agricultural education and food miles.

The Simple Plate is supported by The Whole Foods Co-op of Duluth.

Mark and Jillian Forte
Henry Elholm

For our premiere episode, we sat down with Jillian Forte, executive chef of At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. We dove into the importance of locally sourcing your ingredients, for moral and flavorful reasons, and a mysterious dish that both of us found compelling and delicious. 

Take a stab at the recipe below after you listen and learn about the mystical okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

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