How Many Farmers Markets Are Too Many? by Rebekah Denn (Eat All About It): Denn shares the findings of a new USDA study reporting that farmers markets are up, but overall sales aren't quite keeping pace. Which begs the question: Is Seattle's need to have one farmers market per neighborhood hurting each of the individual markets?
Young Eaters Mind Their Peas and Cues by Jane Black (WashPost): Using her powers of celebrity to do good, Michelle Obama brings fifth graders to the White House garden to teach them about the connection between fresh vegetables and health.
Urban Gardening, a Little Bit Closer to the Sun by Marian Burros (NY Times): In the quest to grow ever-more-local food, driving a car to your neighborhood P-Patch is practically the same thing as buying Chilean grapes at Whole Foods. Architects around the United States are being asked, "Can my roof support a thousand pounds of potting soil?"
Humphrey Slocomb and the Reinvention of Ice Cream by Pervaiz Shallwani (Gourmet.com): Following in the footsteps of Scoops of LA, a San Francisco pastry chef concocts ice cream flavors like government cheese, prosciutto, holy water, and secret breakfast (bourbon and cornflakes).
El Pollo Loco attacks KFC for attempting to muscle in on its grilled-chicken business, revealing that KFC flavors its birds with beef powder and tallow (Chantal Martineau, Village Voice). Oprah, you want to weigh in on this?
All right, you gadget queens, if you're spending $200 on biking gear for your twice-monthly rides around the lake, you should be dropping a couple Benjamins on professional-quality imported shakers and spoons for your home bar (Paul Clarke, SF Chronicle).