Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and birthdays all have something in common, and it isn’t just time for celebration. All of these events host some of the most anticipated meals of the year! For my family, food is the centerpiece of gatherings and makes everyone come together to enjoy the time with each other.

A question I always have is “Where does all this food come from?” I know I have that certain outspoken cousin that would be first to give the know-it-all answer of “Well, Walmart of course!” That is not the answer I am looking for, however. Where was that food before it is on the shelves of Walmart? What should I know about that food that the shelves and labels don’t tell me?

Fear not fellow question-askers! There are Pinterest boards out there with answers to all these questions and more. Here are my ten favorite Pinterest boards with some great information on the foods we love!

  1. Best Food Facts

This board is very true to its name. From fun recipes to food safety knowledge, this board has a broad range of information to look at even if you do not have a specific question about foods. If you are looking to just browse and learn a little about the food you eat, this is the best board out there!

  1. MN Food Facts

The shelf life of different types of food is something I do not know off the top of my head, so that is why I like this board! There are pins that give that information about shelf life and also some kitchen and cooking tips. Also, my favorite food of all time is fruit, so I love Blueberriesthis pin about what fruits are in season at certain times of the year!

  1. Infographics

The Pinterest account that created this board is called Where Food Comes From, so it is a great account to look at overall. This board specifically caught my eye because I love a good infographic! I think they are so fun and easy to read, so it is easy to learn things from them. Look at this part of an info-loaded graphic about blueberries!

  1. Food for Thought

The description of this board gives the best explanation about it! You can read the description below, but basically this board is a conversation between farmers and consumers about anything that one would want to know. I like this board because it is a great source of farmer input for information about the food they grow!Screenshot 1

  1. Fact vs. Fiction

Answers to every answer there could be about GMO’s! What are GMO’s? They are simply organisms that have been modified to have certain traits or be more productive. This board does a great job of making distinctions between what the media portrays genetically modified organisms as and what they really are. The truth is they are a useful tool for farmers and everyone should know as much about as possible.Screenshot 2

  1. All About Beef

As you can guess from the name, this board gives answer about beef and where it comes from. Some things you may have heard of in the beef industry, that this board answers questions about, are hormones and grass fed beef. Both of those practices are safe and more can be learned by visiting that board!Screenshot 3

  1. All Things Dairy

Every fact about dairy cattle and the milk they produced is explained and described on this board. There are pins about what milk does for the body, how milk gets from the farm to the table, and even instructions on how to make your own butter!

On a side note, I love this pin that leads to a farmer’s wife’s blog about her cute calves! Meet #308!

  1. Growing Sweet Corn

SweatshirtA summer food favorite for many, including me, is a nice ear of sweet corn. While you may get your sweet corn from a grocery store, there are many sweet corn farms that grow a lot of this delicious treat and provide it to that grocery store! This board belongs to one of those farms and has many useful tips and information about sweet corn.

As a sweet corn grower myself, I really appreciated this sweatshirt from the board. Sweet corn needs a minimum of 1 inch of water per week for normal development!

  1. Family PictureFood Families

Food on the shelves of grocery stores not only came from a farm at one point, but there was also a family that dedicated their life to the successful production of that food. This board highlights some families that have great stories about the foods they grow. How precious is this family that has a pork operation?

For more farm family stories, you can visit this bonus board and read all about Illinois farm families!

  1. Cheesecake PictureEndless Recipes

A post about food information on Pinterest would not be complete without including an account full of wonderful recipes. When I say endless recipes, I mean you could cook a different meal every day for decades if you used these farm fresh boards! My favorite boards are Colorful Veggies above the Ground, Fruit, and, of course, Dessert Recipes.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments.


Amanda RollinsAmanda Rollins
Illinois State University


It’s almost time for the Super Bowl and these little appetizers might make the perfect dish for your party – featuring some corn tortillas and your favorite pork or beef mini weenies!

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Claire Spollen

Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups

(originally posted here)


2 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese
8 cocktail sausages
8 thin jalapeño slices

What to Do

Preheat oven to 375°. Wrap tortillas in slightly dampened paper towels; microwave at HIGH for 20 seconds. Coat warm tortillas on both sides with cooking spray; cut each into 5 strips. Divide cheese evenly among 8 of the strips (discard remaining 2 strips). Roll up 1 sausage in each strip. Place a thin jalapeño slice on top, and secure with a toothpick. Arrange roll-ups on a baking sheet; bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until golden.


This silly blog of ours has been around for six years this month.

On my end, that’s six years of monthly blog calendars.  Six years of coming up with fun topics that non-farmers might enjoy.  Six years of editing and proofreading and photographing agriculture.

are farmers richIt’s also six years of helping non-farmers understand agriculture a little bit better.

That might include facts and data, like this popular post on how much farmers might make in a year.


Or maybe it’s more about who farmers are as people and what sorts of ideals and value systems they have.


We’ve been pretty successful sharing information about the business of farming …

growing up in a farm familyFARMING FOR DUMMIES: CASH RENT VS. CROP SHARE

And about the joys and sorrows of farm life.


We’ve even tried to help you understand your food and food labeling,


food labels you shouldn't pay forWhile helping you teach your kids more about farming, food and agriculture.


No matter what you’ve gotten out of it, I hope you can safely say that you have learned at least one thing from this blog over the course of six years!

Stick around – there’s lots more learning, fun, and investigation of our industry coming up!

Mitchell_LindsayLindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Manager