The second story in my occasional World-Herald series “Locally Grown” ran on Sunday. It’s about Travis Dunekacke and his boutique farm, TD Niche Pork, where he raises heritage breed, pure bred hogs that he sells to chefs in Omaha, Lincoln and Nebraska City.
I really enjoy writing the stories in this series. I love eating and I love writing about the pleasure that comes along with eating. But I think the link between what we eat and what we know about our food is important, too.
I first started to think about where my food comes from long before it was my job. I listen to “This American Life,” on NPR, and during one episode host Ira Glass interviewed a guy who was raising chickens in his backyard because he wanted fresh eggs. But the man’s wife wouldn’t eat those eggs. Instead, she went to the grocery store and bought eggs there, in a carton.