The Taste of Here

Ames farm revolutionizes the gathering of honey, to flabbergasting effect

Meanwhile, one of Fredericksen's favorite fields just got seized for the expansion of Highway 212. Meanwhile, the 400 acres of old-growth forest that was adjacent to Ames Farm is now slated to turn into a 500-house development. Meanwhile, the multimillionaire with the private prairie is planning to sell his land for McMansions once the price gets high enough. Meanwhile, the Fredericksens' property taxes have been going up $100 a month every month for the past couple of years, and Fredericksen doubts they will be able to afford to stay in the area. "Saying that you care about sled dogs and bees out here these days is like saying you're a Massachusetts liberal," says Fredericksen. "In many ways I think I'm taking these portraits for the last time."

The first, and the last time. Are we really entering an age when the people, the politics, and the cars will be our only experience of our world? Is this the end of the road for the wind, the rain, the sky, the flowers, and the bees? Perhaps. But today, not only is there a here here, but we can eat it too.

 

Busier than 16 hives of bees? Yep, and Brian Fredericksen has the honey to prove it
Tema Stauffer
Busier than 16 hives of bees? Yep, and Brian Fredericksen has the honey to prove it

Available at many locations including: The Minneapolis Farmers' Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave. N., www.mplsfarmersmarket.com; Kowalski's Markets, www.kowalskis.com; France 44, 4351 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.925.3252; And Local Food Co-Ops Such As The Wedge, Lakewinds, Linden Hills, And The Mississippi Markets.

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