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2010 FOOD TRENDS: leek scapes, kombucha, Subway’s whole-grain ruse

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Fresh this week at the Boulder (CO) County Farmers Market this week: Locally grown strawberries, cherries, zucchini, beets (golden, red, and Chioggia), garlic and leek scapes, broccoli, sugar snap peas, asparagus, kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, various greens (spinach, lamb’s quarters, butter and leaf lettuce, cress, collard greens), spring onions, fresh herbs, turnips, radishes, and greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers.

Reported by www.bizjournals.com:
The store where Boulder’s former Alfalfa’s Market natural-grocery chain began will once again carry the Alfalfa’s name. The Federal Trade Commission on Friday approved the acquisition of the Whole Foods Market store at 1651 Broadway in Boulder by A-M Holdings LLC, which will operate it as Alfalfa’s. The sale is part of a long-pending 32-store divestiture by Whole Foods

Reported by QSR Magazine:
“If you become designated an allergy-friendly restaurant, hopefully insurance companies are going to say, ‘Hey, they’ve actually reduced their liability. They’re not going to risk cross-contamination and getting someone sick, or worse, killing someone. Let’s lower their insurance.” – Ming Tsai, chef and restaurateur,

Reported by http://gawker.com:
When you’re in Whole Foods tomorrow to pick up your organic free-range sustainable humanely slaughtered coconut chicken skewers, you might see some people staring forlornly at an empty shelf. Why? The kombucha‘s gone! Oh, overpriced fermented tea. Where’d you go? Today Whole Foods, a key driver of the stuff’s mass consumption, has pulled all kombucha from their shelves because testing revealed that the it might be slightly more alcoholic than permissible by law. (.05 percent.) Some extremely skinny people are extremely upset right now. But what is kombucha? Put down your Diet Coke. Here’s what you need to know. Objectively, kombucha tastes (and smells) really bad. It’s sort of sour, sort of sharp, like cough syrup that’s been in the medicine cabinet too long, or a lacrosse player’s inner thigh. But nobody drinks kombucha because of the taste!

(For more on the kombucha industry: The Kombucha Report: http://www.teareport.com/)

Reported by www.slashfood.com:
When it comes to fast food, Subway is supposed to be the healthy choice – a six-inch sub loaded with veggies and lean meats that are a better bet when it comes to calories and fat, However, the “healthy” 9-grain bread is a nutritional wasteland packed with high-fructose corn syrup. David Zinczenko, author of the “Eat This, Not That” series, exposes the truth in his series The Truth About Your Food. Eight of those nine grains are listed under “contains 2% or less.” The number one ingredient is white flour. But what about the brown color of the bread? It’s not from grains: Zinczenko reveals that it actually comes courtesy of ammonium sulfate, a common plant fertilizer. It helps the bread achieve that golden hue. Whether it’s good for the human body is up for debate.

Nibbles Food Trend Blog is now featured at: http://blogs.wherethelocalseat.com/Foodies/Denver-Food-and-Dining-Blogs.aspx
About this blog from the www.DenverPost.com:
“Lehndorff’s food for thought: Former Rocky Mountain News food writer John Lehndorff is keeping close track of local and national trends on his blog, Nibbles (johnlehndorff.wordpress.com). He scours the trades and trend reports so you don’t have to. Find out what we’re eating, and what the rest of the country is eating, all through Lehndorff’s winning perspective.”

Radio Nibbles: 8:25 a.m. Thursdays, KGNU – 885 FM, 1390 AM http://www.kgnu.org/

Eat In Eat Out: Food trend forecast 2010: http://americanforecaster.com/

Nibbles Dining Column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/06/10/nibbles-nibbling-is-3-d/
John’s marinade recipes: http://yellowscene.com/2010/06/10/if-you-cant-take-the-heat…grill/

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