It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.


I always mean to get around to doing a beer review or two, but it hasn’t happened yet. Over at The Greenist, they’ve done a review of Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew Beer that might interest you.

The beer is Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew. The brewery describes this as being 100 percent organic, meaning every ingredient and all of every ingredient was organic. From what I’ve gleaned from some of the brewers I’ve talked to, this is actually a big deal as a beer is actually allowed to be labeled “organic” even when not all of the ingredients are organic. This originally was intended to make allowances for the fact that organic ingredients for beer were not always easy to come by, although according to several brewers I’ve talked to, the selection is quickly increasing and the quality is rather good.
Click here for the full review.



I like this piece from Sustainable Food about 3 Things You Can’t Expect From Your Local Farmer. I especially like their reasoning about organic certification.

The fact that more people than ever are interested in knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced represents a significant shift in consumer consciousness. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently noted in its 2010 National Farmers' Market Directory, the number of farmers' markets in America grew by 16 percent this year. Never before has purchasing food been as much about showcasing values as it is about about simply feeding oneself.


However, as the movement to re-identify with our food has grown, so have unrealistic expectations of the local farmers that have enabled such a large growth in the amount of direct market consumption.

Click here for the full piece.



Twenty-six of New Jersey’s great wineries will show off their stuff at the Jersey Fresh Food & Wine Festival August 14-15. The festival will be held on the grounds of Heritage Vineyards in Gloucester County. I attended the festival last year, and for the price of admission ($18 ahead of time, $20 at the door), it can’t be beat. By the end of the day, you’ll be convinced that NJ is producing some fine wines. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest you plan on attending.



The other week, I told you about 10 foods to help keep you cool in the summer. One of them is watermelon. We have a piece here on MNN about how nutrient packed watermelon actually is. I was surprised, considering its water content, just how much goodness there really is in this summer favorite. Make sure you read Surprising health benefits of watermelon.


Enjoy your weekend!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Organic beer, a food & wine festival and more
I always mean to get around to doing a beer review or two, but it hasn't happened yet. Over at The Greenist, they've done a review of Fuller's Organic Honey Dew