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Andrea Crawford

Science & FoodBy Science & FoodJun 7, 2016 12:00 PM

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Andrea Crawford got her start growing greens in the early 80's for Chez Panisse. Today she operates Kenter Canyon Farms, selling mostly wholesale greens, including 20,000 pounds of oregano per year to Chipotle. She recently launched a bread line using wheat from her farm. The bread is baked, milled, and harvested using three varieties of wheat. The grain is stone milled and sifted to remove some of the bran.

What hooked you on cooking?The flavor of my own garden produceThe coolest example of science in your food?Turning vegetable scraps and yard waste into compostThe food you find most fascinating?WheatWhat scientific concept–food related or otherwise–do you find most fascinating?Seasons of the year and the effect of day length on plant growthYour best example of a food that is better because of science?Produce yields in general and 15 foot millet that feeds people, livestock and provides Bio-matter to regenerate the soil How do you think science will impact your world of food in the next 5 years?Developing more drought tolerant food plants, actively collecting and saving seeds and plant material from open pollinated varieties, commitment to sustaining genetic diversity.One kitchen tool you could not live without?Sharp knifeFive things most likely to be found in your fridge?Butter, farm eggs, salad, herbs, vegetablesYour all-time favorite ingredient?Olive oilFavorite cookbook?So many good cookbooks but One Good Dish by David Tanis is wonderfulYour standard breakfast?Home roasted black coffee, Roan Mills whole milled, whole grain bread, toasted with homemade jam and butter and a poached fresh farm egg.

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