Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Offsite Links, Part 2

Here's the marketing link that includes Grandma Bonnie's Allergy-Ease Foods (Veggie Burgers) and other Tennessee products.


http://www.agriculture.state.tn.us/Marketing.asp?QSTRING=FPE

Since I'm in Virginia, most of these sites aren't "local" for me, but I did once write an AC article saying that every state should have or develop a page similar to this one.

A Canadian reader posted a comment like, "Thanks, I'm Canadian as you know," which may reflect a real difference between the two countries.

I doubt very much that if my article had mentioned only Virginia and Tennessee, and had then been read by somebody in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania reader would have thought twice about checking and posting any applicable links with a comment like "And in Pennsylvania we have..."

For future reference: (1) I like comments; and (2) I think it may be part of U.S. culture (at least for my generation) that people are expected to speak up for themselves in this kind of situation. If I were planning a trip to some place far from home I'd search for links there; publicizing and writing about links in Montreal seems to me like something a Montreal writer is supposed to be able to do ever so much better than I could. I trace it back to the 1960s, when Caucasian writers who had published pro-civil-rights work were politely told that ethnic-minority writers preferred to write about their own groups' issues.

However, since Kingsport is within walking distance of my Virginia home town, and Grandma Bonnie is related to me (no, she's not my grandmother), I have some right to promote her here.

[Edit: When this post was published on the Weebly, readers could still order Veggie Burgers there. That's no longer the case. At last report, the Hawkins County plant no longer maintains a gluten-free kitchen. East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia readers can still click here to invite Grandma Bonnie Peters to demonstrate how to make small batches of Veggie Burgers in their own gluten-free kitchens. This may be a better deal...while she's there you can ask her about Rice Biscuit Bread, and Taco Soup, and Wheat-Free Dairy-Free Vegan Pizza, and more.]

Several corporations manufacture their own forms of "veggie burgers." Allergy-Ease Foods Veggie Burgers contain no animal fat and no wheat, corn, soy, yeast, nuts, MSG, trans fats, or tropical oils. They are made entirely from plant products. When possible, they're made from plants organically grown in Tennessee.

How do they taste? Well, I can tell they're not hamburgers. They're made from rice and beans and other vegetables. Allergy-Ease Veggie Burgers are definitely not the greasy, chewy, bitter "veggie burgers" some people remember from the 1970s, either. Allergy-Ease Veggie Burgers taste good...like a savory vegetable loaf. I've seen three-year-olds eat them and like them.