This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks chats with a group of talented chefs who have also authored two books, Matthew Weingarten and Raquel Pelzel, authors of “Preserving Wild Foods”, and Jackson Landers, author of “Eating Aliens”. Matthew and Raquel discuss the importance of foraging, utilizing what grows around you and re-imagining some of the wild foods that are often overlooked such as dandelions and mulberries. Jackson encourages listeners to be open minded about the foods they eat and brings up the importance of harvesting invasive species in favor of over harvested species. What makes eating iguanas any less weird than eating lobsters? Re-imagine your food on an imaginative and resourcefully themed episode of The Farm Report. This program was sponsored by HeritageRadioNetwork.org.

“Indentured servants would have in their contracts that they couldn’t be fed lobster more than 2 or 3 times a week. Then we changed our minds about it, and now it’s become a luxury item.”

“I think eating iguana is much less weird than eating this big weird alien thing from the ocean [lobster].”

–Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens on The Farm Report

“The whole idea is to diversify what we eat. That’s the key to any successful food system – diversity. I think the separation of our food sources is what causes a lot of our irresponsibility.”

“Food should always be delicious and it should always be accessible and easy to make delicious food.”

–Matthew Weingarten, co-author of Preserving Wild Foods on The Farm Report