Urban farms have played an increasingly vital role in producing local food during a pandemic that created supply chain disruptions. Grocers have been exploring options like hydroponic farms, and North Market in Minneapolis installed a vertical container farm last summer that's powered by solar panels and produces 11 types of produce for the store year-round.
A shortage of seasonal farm workers in Australia meant celery growers in Victoria's Lindenow Valley had to throw out $150,000 worth of celery they weren't able to harvest in time. Travel bans related to COVID-19 have led to a severe shortage of workers from the Pacific Islands.
USDA is transitioning to a new policy that will now require organic products from India to be certified by USDA-accredited certifiers. The agency's Agricultural Marketing Service is set to oversee this change in the Organic Program.
Ohio's Division of Liquor Control reports that sales hit $1.57 billion in 2020, an increase of 18% over 2019 and 27% over 2018. The state's consumers purchased 16.75 million gallons of high-proof liquor in 2020 versus 15.24 million gallons sold the year previous, according to the agency.
Online grocer Mercato found that the three best-selling wines in the early stages of the pandemic, from March 22 through July 2020, were all from California: Bread & Butter cabernet sauvignon, Crane Lake chardonnay 2019 and Bread & Butter pinot noir were first, second and third in sales, respectively. Meanwhile, Mercato saw sales of alcohol as a percentage of total grocery spending increase by 686.9% over the week of May 17, 2020, versus the week of March 22, 2020.
Although growers in Sonoma County, Calif., are estimated to have sustained losses that run as high as 30% of their 2020 grape crop, or roughly $150 million based on a cumulative average, Glenn Proctor of broker Ciatti Co. advised that "we think activity is going to be better" this year in an address at the Sonoma County Winegrowers' Dollar and Sense trade event. In the wake of the California fires, 2020's cabernet sauvignon inventory has largely been exhausted, which will bring in more bulk wine buyers, Proctor added.
Wine enthusiasts and sommeliers are setting up their own natural wine-focused businesses in cities around the Midwest, filling a gap in the market for their favorite vintages. New York City transplants Mark Henry and Gretchen Skedsvold opened Henry & Son after finding a dearth of low-intervention wines in Minneapolis, while Frederique Boudouani launched distributor Abu Nawas Beverage as a means to get natural wines on the menu at the Algerian restaurant he co-owns in Elkader, Iowa.
While the pandemic sidelined a new law enabling Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to purchase wine club subscriptions by proxy for individuals, setting aside funding for the program is among a spate of alcohol-related measures the state's legislature will address this year. Allowing more bar licenses and budgeting for a possible four new state-run liquor stores are also on the agenda.
This quick and simple meal comes together in one pan in less than 30 minutes. The salmon filets start skin-side down in the pan to crisp the skin and then finish cooking on top of the chickpea and spinach mixture. The Kitchn