locally grown: portraits of artisanal farms from america’s heartland

by Amy Azzarito

Anna Blessing might be best known as one third of BBB Craft – three amazingly talented crafty sisters – they’ve contributed both DIY and entertaining stories to design*sponge. For this project, Anna struck out on her own and profiled 20 Midwestern farms and the chefs with whom they work. The result is Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland. Each chapter profiles a different farm, telling the story of the farm while also outlining each farm’s locale, scale production and inner workings. It’s a truly engaging look at Midwestern farm. Most of these farms have developed a close relationship with chefs such as Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan and Sarah Stegner and Anna has included recipes from Midwestern chefs that highlight fresh, local food. I’ve also dreamed about living a bit closer to the land and it’s fascinating to hear stories about those who have made it work.   –Amy Azzarito

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  • This looks so interesting and the photos are very beautiful. I love rustic, fruit and veggie photos. The whole project just looks fantastic!

  • Oh, Abra of Bareknuckle Farms! That is a wonderful farm and she is a top-notch chef. I’m so happy to see them both profiled!

  • Everyone should own a copy of this beautiful book! And the RECIPES are delish! Go Anna!