Nebraskaland Jan/Feb 2019

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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January-February 2019 • Nebraskaland 47 What is a year-round staple in your pantry? Our house-churned butter is something we are never without. We are fortunate to partner with Nebraska dairies to bring us delicious cream that we culture, churn and squeeze by hand. How do you handle Nebraska's long winter? Canning, pickling and preserving. We dedicate a lot of time in the summer and fall toward capturing Nebraska fruits and vegetables in the height of their season. If they grow it, we jar it and then reach for it to brighten up our winter menus. So much so, we opened Provisions in the fall of 2014; offering our house made preserved items, cured meats and coffee in an everyday retail format. What is the biggest misconception about the local food movement? Eating "local" and the "farm to table" concept may have started out as a food trend but the momentum has grown and it's not going away. There is an awareness and a consciousness that is out there now and it's created a powerful level of accountability for our food producers, grocers and chefs that wasn't there before. More and more consumers are looking for local food options and are expecting to see it on the shelves and menus. We have a tendency to limit the scope and power of local food. Its reach and representation goes far beyond local farmers markets. It's changing the way we think about agriculture, conservation, nutrition and policies that define our city, state and country. How has your experience sourcing local ingredients and working with Nebraska farmers influenced your understanding of Nebraska's landscape? It's gratifying on many levels to be able to witness and explore the passionate ways Nebraskans are producing food. I've been able to spend time with ranchers in the Sandhills and the Niobrara River Valley and have had daily interactions with Omaha's urban farmers. Nebraska has this special duality of rural and urban farming and I think it's probably one of our greatest assets. Every producer

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