The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.
It’s an understatement to say that cheese holds a special place in Wisconsin’s ethos. It also holds a special place in Wisconsin’s economy. The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows that the state produced 2.6 billion pounds of cheese in 2011. Just as significantly, the percentage of that which is specialty cheese has increased to 22 percent.
Earlier on today's show, essayist Kyle Cherek reflected that the word foodie is not just for trendy east or west coasters. It’s a word that can – and is – used to describe people right here in the heartland that are passionate about food, especially locally sourced and prepared food. But eating local doesn’t necessarily mean eating from a culinarytradition that is local.