Francis Thicke

  • Wed
    May 13
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    May 15
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

What's Happening on Great Taste?

Francis ThickeOn the KRUU airwaves and streaming Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm I chat with restaurateur/author  Joanne Chang about her new book, Baking with Baking with Less SugarLess Sugar  followed by a discussion with Francis Thicke, owner of Radiance Dairy and member of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  This show will be rebroadcast Friday, May 15 at 7 am.

Soil Mode-Elaine InghamThe Soil Food Web was created by Dr. Elaine Ingham, who was my guest on last week's show.  If you missed the broadcast, I'll put a link to it in the next post.  It's critical that everyone understands the need to respect the soil on this planet.

Beer Can Quail-Hole in the WallHole in the Wall dessertHole in the Wall in Des Moines (1501 Grand) is one of my favorite spots anywhere to enjoy a meal full of unexpected tastes and varied textures.  It was fun to talk last week with the genius behind the always-changing menu, Zach Gutweiler, and savor every bite of his beer can quail, two kinds of Chinese buns, asparagus, brussels sprouts with vegan chorizo, and his take on the classic fudgsicle.  Plan your trip to coincide with when he opens at 6:30 pm.  He's even enhanced the Hole in the Wall dining experience by adding TV trays to go along with the plastic chairs!

Francis Thicke's five year term on the The National Organic Standards Board started on January 24th, 2013, but his dedication to organic farming began over 30 years ago. He and his wife Susan operate a 160-head, certified organic dairy on 450 acres in Fairfield. Francis previously served as a National Program Leader for Soil Science at the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, and he's been active in many environmental organizations. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service named him the 2012 Farmer of the Year. 

At 3 PM on Saturday, April 27th in the Cambridge Room of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Francis will participate in a free readers theater production of Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment. This play was written by students in Mary Swander's Iowa State MFA writing class. Mary is Iowa's poet laureate, and she'll facilitate audience discussion after the performance. She'll also present a free keynote talk, "Celebrating Local Community," at 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Public Library. Both these free events are part of the EcoFairfield Festival.

To learn more about organic standards, rural issues, Farmscape, and Francis Thicke, tune in to this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.