The Local Farey Tale of the Garbage Plate

Photo provided by Mike “Thunder” Warren, Trash Plate Guy

Remember that pivot I mentioned in my blog entry for the Coffee Milk episode? Welp, this was the episode I had initially intended to complete. I began conducting interviews in March 2022 and was able to record my final interview by August 2022. The snag? My schedule had less time for podcast episode editing at that point. BUT I kept chipping away at it and FINALLY have a finished episode to share!!!

I have missed researching, conducting interviews and putting episodes out more frequently and I’m hoping to pick the pace up again! (Another episode is already slowly but surely in progress….)

Back to the Garbage Plate… when I pursued this episode I didn’t know all the details regarding the trademark. It was important to me to speak to Alex Tahou of Nick Tahou Hots so he could “tell it like it is” rather than have it be hearsay. I’m incredibly thankful and honored that he trusted me with properly sharing this tale.

And thanks to ALL of the Tale Tellers who have contributed to this episode and have patiently waited for it to arrive!

You can listen to the episode here or anywhere you stream podcasts.

Note: I’m embarrassed to type that when I was in Rochester years ago, I unknowingly ate a copycat…and had it without meat sauce! Thankfully, Mike “Thunder” Warren shared a photo from Trash Plate Central of an actual Garbage Plate for me to use. Learn from my mistake by listening to this episode to know what and where to order!

Coffee Milk Tale Teller: Christopher Martin

Photo provided by Christopher Martin

The Local Farey Tale of Coffee Milk

Photo provided by Christopher Martin,

Woohoo! An ice-cold caffeinated beverage cheers to the arrival of Season 2, Episode 2! I had to pivot along the way and unfortunately, that meant a delay. But I’m so happy to share that the season has (finally) continued with “The Local Farey Tale of Coffee Milk”!

This episode marks the first time I’ve formally acknowledged my “independent podcast” status in an ask for support. It feels weird but I know it’s a necessary step that I needed to embrace to keep the podcast going.

One of the many things on my wishlist to bring Local Farey Tales to the next level is to take a course on sound editing. I’m self-taught so far. I know a class would likely help me improve more quickly and also give you, the listener, an improved listening experience, too! There’s one particularly troublesome edit in this episode that makes me cringe. You may notice it and you may not. (We are our own harshest critics after all.) But I’m hopeful more editing knowledge will reduce cringing, too! 🙂

Back to Coffee Milk, this is the first local fare I have featured that I haven’t experienced myself. But you will learn in the episode that the majority of us have experienced a version of it without realizing it. (How’s that for a tease?) As always, I was extremely grateful to all of the Coffee Milk Tale-Tellers for participating but I felt especially lucky to get to speak with Richard Field and John Barr. Two people who played pivotal roles in helping Coffee Milk become the Rhode Island State Beverage. (What a story!)

You can listen to the episode here or anywhere you stream podcasts.

Note: Since I haven’t experienced Coffee Milk firsthand, this was the first time I didn’t have a reference photo, too. Thankfully, Coffee Milk Tale-Teller, Christopher Martin helped me out with that.

Knoephla Soup Tale-Teller: Mark Heidrich

Photos provided by Mark Heidrich

The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup

Knoephla Soup at Kroll’s Diner in Fargo, ND

One year ago I launched Local Farey Tales. And it’s been an incredible labor of love. I’ve loved getting to “meet” all the Tale-Tellers over Zoom or phone and then sharing their tales with people far and wide.

While I took a break to regroup for Season 2, I’m happy to announce that the new season has officially begun with the release of “The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup”.

When I first spoke to the artist, Jonathan Reich, about creating the Local Farey Tales logo, he revealed he was from North Dakota. I remembered trying “lumpy yellow soup” when in Fargo but couldn’t remember the official name. Jonathan was quick to inform me about it and the soup was put on the list for a future episode. When the time finally came to start interviews, I knew I had to include Jonathan and I’m happy to say he agreed to contribute to this episode.

This episode is the shortest one yet but no less filled with lots of info & anecdotes!

You can listen to the episode here or anywhere you stream podcasts.

Note: The photo is from the first time I had Knoephla Soup. It was at Kroll’s Diner in Fargo, ND where it’s also known as “Lumpy Yellow Soup”. 🙂

Pasty Tale-Teller: Lynn Spurling