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Michael Krondl is talking Easter sweets on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! Michael joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to shed some light on some confusing Easter mythology. Why do we give chocolate bunnies at Easter time? Why are rabbits and eggs Easter symbols? Also, listen in to learn the history behind eating sweet bread during the Easter holiday. Hear about other ancient spring celebrations, and find out what foods were eaten to improve fertility. How do desserts differ across Europe, and how do their traditions help distinguish desserts from everyday breads? Celebrate Easter on today's episode of A Taste of the Past! This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

"Bread has a very complicated meaning (in fertility holidays). In Christianity, bread represents the body of Christ. The idea of having these breads for Easter ties in with Christianity, but it probably came before Christianity in Europe." [4:00]

"Sweet things used to be rare and expensive. They used to be associated with the priest class." [27:20]

-- Michael Krondl on A Taste of the Past


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This week on Just Food Stories, Jacquie welcomes Reverend Robert Ennis Jackson to the program to talk about his amazing work in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Reverend has lent his hand in co-founding many organizations such as the Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center, Healthy Harvest Food Pantries, Bedford-Stuyvesant Farm, among many others. Explaining his background and what inspired him to bring fresh and nutritious foods into Bedford-Stuyvesant, Reverend Jackson talks about transforming the current food system to promote the health of both consumers and producers, including partnering with Just Food on a chicken coop project. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

"We saw that folks that were getting pantry food or donated food were getting less quality food. We had to figure out how to get fresh, healthy, organic, conventional food into the hands of pantry guests, so we started Bed-Stuy Farm." [6:20]

"Our first farm year was about people who were getting out of addiction, helping us clear the land, and seniors helping us plant food, and enjoying the partaking in eating that food." [8:50]

-- Reverend Robert Jackson on Just Food Stories


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