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.


The Slow Cook blog has been doing an interesting series this week on Berkeley, Calif.’s school lunches. Focusing on how Berkeley Schools Cook from Scratch, the series so far has seven posts that are all worth checking out. From the first post:

I spent the last week in Berkeley, CA, embedded in the school district’s central kitchen. I wanted to see how this city managed to make the switch from feeding their kids industrially-processed convenience foods in school to feeding them real food made from scratch.
Click here for a list of all posts.



The New York Times has a piece on how big companies are supporting employee gardens.

HERE at the world headquarters of PepsiCo, the masterminds behind $60 billion worth of Mountain Dew, Cheetos and Rice-A-Roni roam polished hallways.


But a five-minute walk away is the organic corporate vegetable garden, where spreadsheets and performance reviews give way to basil starts and black peppermint plants. Employees can sneak out for a quick lunchtime weeding session and cart home the harvest. 

Click here for the full piece.



Beer lovers in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, including across the river in New Jersey, will be celebrating Philly Beer Week from June 4-13. Lots of local beers, craft beers, and just plain ‘ol beer will be celebrated in the self-dubbed America’s Best Beer-Drinking City.



Remember last summer’s late blight (that came early)? Tomato plants all up and down the East Coast were destroyed. We’ve got a piece here on MNN that you need to check out if you’re growing tomatoes this year.

As farmers and home gardeners set out their tomatoes this spring, plant experts offered suggestions for preventing another outbreak of late blight, which destroyed millions of dollars worth of tomatoes in the eastern U.S. last year.
Click here for the full piece.


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: School lunches, employee gardens and more
The Slow Cook blog has been doing an interesting series this week on Berkeley, Calif.'s school lunches.