25 Rockstar Farmers, Artisans and Storytellers We Celebrate From 2016

Barnraiser | December 30, 2016

We have a lot to celebrate this year. We applaud the hardworking farmers, passionate food makers and educational advocates who used successful crowdfunding campaigns to connect with their communities and grow their businesses. 

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Introducing Emmer & Co.'s Heritage Chicken - Plus a FoodGal Giveaway

FoodGal | December 26, 2016

You may know heritage turkeys as a gourmet splurge for Thanksgiving. Now, get to know heritage chicken. San Francisco-based Emmer & Co. is one company on a mission to make those specialty chickens more widely available.

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Why we should protect disappearing livestock breeds.
Christian Science Monitor | September 8, 2016

Nearly 17 percent of the world’s livestock breeds face extinction. A decline in genetic diversity could have a negative impact on how they adapt to climate change, disease, famine, drought, and land degradation, some say.

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This Company Wants to Bring Heritage Chicken to the Masses.
Civil Eats | August 16, 2016

Emmer & Co. is seeking to revolutionize commercial poultry production, and founder Jesse Solomon believes that heritage birds are the future of chicken.

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Ten Questions with Jesse Solomon, Founder and CEO of Emmer & Co.
Food Tank | August 15, 2016

Food Tank asks Emmer & Co. Founder and CEO Jesse Solomon about what motivates him, his food heroes, and what agricultural issue he'd like to see addressed by the next President of the United States.

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Talking heritage chicken with Jesse Solomon.
Food Tank | August 5, 2016

Food Tank had the opportunity to talk to Jesse Solomon, Founder and CEO of Emmer & Co. about heritage chickens, hunting, and his vision for the future.

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Birds and the Bees: The Way Nature Intended
Slow Living Radio | July 18, 2016

Tune in. Slow down. Live well. Hear Emmer & Co. founder Jesse Solomon talk heritage chicken with Sally James and Stephen Andrews of Slow Living Radio.



Fowl Play: Heritage birds are ruling the roost.
Tasting Table | June 22, 2016

“When an animal has a good life, you feel it in the meat,” Antoine Westermann of newly opened NYC hot spot Le Coq Rico, says. It may sound like a skit from Portlandia, but a recent spotlight on heritage birds in restaurants across the country proves it’s no joke.

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Roam Artisan Burgers partners with heritage chicken producer Emmer & Co. for new menu offering.
SF Gate | September 23, 2015

Sustainable ingredients are at the heart of Roam Artisan Burgers’ menu, so the founders are well-versed in sourcing mindful meats for their patties, which include 100% grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, all-natural bison and even elk. As of this Friday, September 25th, they’ll add one more meat option to the menu: Emmer & Co. 100% Heritage Chicken.

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Why chicken doesn't taste like chicken anymore. 
New York Post | April 26, 2015

It’s an old joke — if you can’t describe a flavor, say it “tastes like chicken.” But chicken wasn’t always synonymous with generic. Chicken used to be flavorful, expensive. As author Mark Schatzker describes in his new book, “The Dorito Effect,” that all changed starting in 1948, with a contest to make chickens more plentiful — and less delicious.

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Our favorite foods we eat, from plow to plate. 
National Geographic | January 25, 2015

National Geographic is exploring our complex relationship with what we eat and how we'll feed the world without harming the planet, in a Society-wide initiative called The Future of Food.

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Will 2015 be the year of the chicken?
The Wall Street Journal | December 16, 2014

For too long, we’ve written off chicken as the safe choice, bland and predictable. But with flavorful heritage breeds, farmers and chefs are revealing a wilder side

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Gluten-free guests for Thanksgiving? The inside scoop.
NPR | November 26, 2014

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around your Thanksgiving table.

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Heritage Turkeys
The Martha Stewart Show

Heritage turkey 101 with Martha Stewart. This segment features a brief overview of heritage turkeys and their farming background, as well as tips for prepping and cooking your heritage turkey.

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The case for the $100 turkey.
CityWatch LA | November 26, 2014

Last Thanksgiving, the average American family spent $22 for a 16-pound turkey. That’s less than $1.40 a pound. Yet slow food and small farm advocates argue it’s time we start paying more.

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A Thanksgiving turkey for the .01 percent.
Bloomberg Business | November 24, 2014

Americans will eat 235 million turkeys this year, about 46 million of them on Thanksgiving. Almost all will be factory farm behemoths bred for maximum white meat and minimum cost.

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The Sizzling Secret to Low Turkey Prices
The Fiscal Times | November 22, 2014

Save room for seconds this Thanksgiving. Turkey prices have stayed low over the past year, keeping the cost of an average holiday dinner relatively inexpensive. 

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Where to buy your Thanksgiving Turkey in the Bay Area.
7x7 | November 22, 2014

It’s that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads. If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird.

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Saving Poultry's Gene Pool.
National Geographic | May 30, 2014

Have you ever stopped to wonder: How did the chicken you eat become the chicken you eat? Go back 150 years or so, and there were dozens of breeds of chicken grown for meat.

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Looking for Leghorn: Why Aren't Heritage Chickens on the Table?
Chicagoist | May 23, 2014

Hip new “socially conscious” fried chicken restaurant Leghorn is named after a breed of chicken, but you won’t find any Leghorns in the restaurant.

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Meet the Saddest Man in Kansas on Thanksgiving.
KCUR | November 21, 2013

For Kansas farmer Frank Reese, Thanksgiving is a sad holiday. He raises heritage turkeys, a breed very different than those you can buy at in a modern-day supermarket.

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Is Butterball Shortage Good News for Small Turkey Farmers?
Fox Business | November 20, 2013

For some small turkey farmers in the U.S., a shortage of large Butterball turkeys this Thanksgiving season means an opportunity to gobble up potential customers.

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NFL linebacker Will Witherspoon speaks to Congress about livestock and antibiotics.
Mother Nature Network | July 30, 2012

Tennessee Titans linebacker and part-time cattle farmer Will Witherspoon sat down with members of the U.S. Congress on July 24 to talk about the use of antibiotics in livestock.

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Could chicken be contributing to the obesity epidemic?
Huffington Post | May 11, 2012

You're watching your weight, so you opt for chicken rather than red meat as your go-to smart diet choice, right? We all thought of chicken as good for weight watching, but the truth is it might actually be making us fatter! 

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Is eating chickens making us fat?
Food Republic | March 29, 2012

Can eating today’s overweight and often deformed industrial chickens be contributing to our obesity epidemic? Is it possible that the white lean meat we’ve been told is better for us is actually full of fat?

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Arkansas farmer seeks to save historic turkey breeds.
Reuters | November 23, 2011

The Thanksgiving turkeys that people put on their tables now are not what their parents ate.They ate birds with names like the Bronze, the Black Spanish and the Slate, but the grocery store ones originated from these.

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Pedigreed Poultry: These Heritage Turkeys are All Business
Business News Daily | November 21, 2011

Ben Franklin would be heartbroken to see what has befallen the turkey, that once-tasty and self-reliant creature he touted as America's national symbol.

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Wrong About Freedom Rangers

Mother Earth News | December 7, 2010

If heritage breeds are at one end of the spectrum, and Cornish Cross are at the other, Freedom Rangers are much closer to the Cornish Cross end of the spectrum.

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Don't Get Duped on Heritage Turkey
Chow | November 19, 2010

Whether it's turkeys or tomatoes, heirloom varieties are hot, hot, hot. More people are looking for foods that hark back to an era before industrial agriculture and genetic manipulation.

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Farmers create a market niche for eco-friendly heritage meats. 
SF Gate | July 6, 2005

Handmade chocolates, artisanal cheeses, vintage Champagne — consumers are thinking twice about splurging on such luxurious goods during the tough economic times. But sales of at least one fancy food item have held up: gourmet turkeys that easily cost $100 or more.

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'Eating Animals' by Jonathan Safran Foer
SF Gate | November 8, 2009

In World War II, Jonathan Safran Foer's Jewish grandmother crossed Europe, barefoot and starving, one step ahead of the Nazis. A Russian farmer took pity on her and offered her a piece of pork. She wouldn't eat it even to save her life.

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Heritage Chickens Defined 
Hobby Farms | April 21, 2009

In an effort to secure the term Heritage in the food and agricultural marketplaces, The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), a nonprofit organization ensuring the survival of rare breeds of livestock and poultry, has defined the term Heritage for chickens.

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Farmers Work to Preserve Ancient Turkeys
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | November 29, 2008

Heritage birds have longer legs and narrower breasts than the beachball-shaped turkey that will end up on many Thanksgiving Day tables. What they lack in heft, however, these heritage birds make up for in flavor, proponents say.

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Turkey grower preserves heritage breed of gobblers.
CJ Online | November 19, 2006

Surrounded by gobbling turkeys at his Lindsborg farm, Frank Reese Jr. talks about his flock's lineage. He raises five heritage breeds -- Bronze (the traditional Thanksgiving turkey), Narragansett, Bourbon Red, White Holland and Black -- all dating back to more than 100 years ago.

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Turkey grower preserves heritage breed of gobblers.
SF Gate | July 6, 2005

Heritage critters, raised for their meat, are part of a new trend that's just beginning to take hold. Like heirloom tomatoes before them, heritage animal breeds are making a comeback.

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