I just read about foodzie.com, which is a kind on online farmers market where you can order local artisan food makers’ products. So, for example, even though I live in Los Angeles, I can get cheddar cheese that’s handcrafted and made in small batches from the milk of Jersey cows that graze on several family farms in Grafton, Vermont. There are chocolates, meats, oils and vinegars, and more….Founded by three twentysomethings who met during college at Virginia Tech, it was the brainchild of one of them, Emily Olson, now 24, who came up with the idea while working for a gourmet grocery chain. She realized that foodies couldn’t easily access artisans’ products beyond their local farmers markets, and artisans had no way of selling their goods to distant customers. Visitors to the site can discover great new products, and learn about their producers, too. Rob LaFave, another foodzie co-founder, told The New York Times: “There is a misconception that all these foods are more expensive than mass-produced alternatives. People are pouring their heart and soul into these products, using the highest quality heirloom ingredients. Buyers are really supporting the local economy and small, independent food makers and growers.”
Those assorted brownies from Margaret Palca Bakes in Brooklyn, New York work for me….