Remaking Borscht, Snacking on Goat Cheese Curds
1. Borscht belt comedy. The Wall Street Journal just ran what must be my favorite food story of the week: The Gold family, whose 79-year-old company in upstate New York was once a major producer of jarred borscht, has seen the soup drop so far in popularity that they're desperate to make it fashionable again. (Don't worry -- horseradish sales keep the business afloat.) Would labeling borscht low-calorie help? How about gluten-free? Should they rebrand it as a beet smoothie?
3. No more hothouse tomatoes from the Jopsons. Yesterday, the Bay Citizen reported that Tom and David Jopson, fourth-generation farmers north of Sacramento, have been arrested by the feds for growing marijuana in the greenhouses they normally use for hothouse tomatoes. The kicker: The farmers invited the feds onto their property to inspect it. Seems that they'd been persuaded by an Oakland potrepreneur that a) the operation was legal and b) they could retire on a year's worth of proceeds.