Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

National Government Food and Information Center
If you've never checked out USDA Food Composition, please take the time to do so. It has more information than anyone can digest, and countless links and resources that address just about any aspect of food and nutrition. You'll find information on individual fruits and vegetables, from the vitamins contained in them to where they fall in the food pyramid. There are lifestyle guidelines, nutrition assistance programs, food labeling information, and even tips on healthy restaurant eating.


If you've ever thought you might be interested in growing mushrooms, whether for your own use or for market, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets (Ten Speed Press, 2000) is the source to use for all you need to know. It is not a guide for wild collecting, but rather for the cultivation of mushrooms. Stamets gives a complete rundown of all the common and many of the not-so-common mushrooms that you might not even be familiar with. After reading this book, you will come away as a mushroom enthusiast, like it or not!

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