Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Always-nostalgic and ever-optimistic at the start of a new year, I'd like to share a few thoughts about Ithaca's Food Web.

Last year was the blog's first in operation (started writing in March, publicized a bit in September), and I'd like to thank all of you faithful readers out there.  Ithaca's Food Web is one of only a handful of hyper-local food news blogs in the world, and it's a work in progress.

Possibilities for the future are many, and I plan to roll out some improvements throughout the next year, so please bear with me as I work out the kinks.  Here are a few (ideas, not kinks):

  • a button that allows you to share content with others, using whatever platform you prefer (email, facebook, etc).  Check out the one at the bottom of this post.
  • improved topic tags and categories, for easier navigation.
  • "food of the month" features, which will focus on many aspects of a seasonal food, including growing, cooking, and preserving.
  • "survival guide" features, which will help you handle the sometimes inconvenient aspects of eating locally.
  • polls, to find out what you think about local food issues.
  • a directory of local food growers, producers, and restaurants... maybe...
  • ...and more! (any ideas? email

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and edible year ahead!

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  1. I look forward to seeing your ideas implemented in 2009! Another idea might be seasonall-appropriate guest recipes by local chefs or producers...? Maybe someone could help me with more ideas for eating locally sourced salads in the winter, for example?

  2. Thanks, Merry! Yes, you must have ESP because I am trying to connect with local chefs to provide recipes... (psst, if any chefs are reading this, please contact me!)... as for winter salads, the only suggestion I have at the moment is Finger Lakes Fresh a greenhouse/ jobs program for the disabled that sells produce through Garden Gate Delivery and Greenstar.