Farmers' markets

boost economy

A new report finds that increasing farmers' markets could create tens of thousands of jobs in economically struggling rural and urban areas. The report by an agricultural economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists helps mark the 12th annual U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers' Market Week.

The report finds the number of such markets nationwide grew from 340 in 1970 to more than 7,000 today, driven by growing public support for local food and farms. It estimates that modest public funding for 100 to 500 farmers' markets a year could create as many 13,500 jobs during a five-year period.

Smart website

Last September, Jonas Dalidd, a 32-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Calif., who's an engineer at a software company, launched BeFoodSmart.com with his sister, Dina Clapinski, a stay-at-home mom in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The free site allows users to search for some of the most commonly used additives and preservatives for a quick look at potential health risks, countries that have banned the ingredient or require warning labels and a list of references. The site explains how ingredients are most commonly used. For instance, polysorbate 80 is a thickener found in cake mix and salad dressing, and butylated

hydroxyanisole is a preservative found in instant mashed potatoes and cereal. In the past month, Be Food Smart had 14,000 page views.

Wine of the Week

2009 Domaine Bersan Saint-Bris

Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Burgundy

Price: About $13

Style: Dry and aromatic

What it goes with: Oysters, smoked salmon, grilled fish

A Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy? Under $15? Crisp and bone dry, Domaine Bersan's Saint-Bris has an enticing minerality and a light touch of citrus. Perfect summer drinking at an incredible price.