News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Lifestyle




Free-range poultry and more cooked in a wide-ranging mobile kitchen
Scratch cooking with farm-fresh ingredients on wheels
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Vivian Goodman
 
Courtesy of Vivian Goodman
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
A Portage County farmer who raises free-range poultry and  cooks it up in a free-wheeling kitchen is featured in today's Quick Bite.
LISTEN

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (5:52)


Katrina Kohout raises Pilgrim geese as well as heritage breeds of ducks, chickens and turkeys.

She says they just taste better.

“The animals tend to grow much slower, but that’s what leads to the phenomenal flavor… the animals growing up their entire lives from day one in pasture rather than being force-fed corn and soy in a gestation stall in a barn.” 

Nature girl
Kohout grew up in St. Clairsville, just wishing she could have grown up on a farm. Her parents wouldn’t even let her have a pet.

“I spent my days in the woods searching for salamanders in the creeks and looking at bugs. So I’ve always been about the nature but didn’t really have the resources to grow my own food until we moved out here to Randolph about 10 years ago.”  

That’s when she discovered herself.

“I’m a foodie and a farmer. I call myself a farm entrepreneur.”  

At Kent State she’d studied to be an anthropologist, and then took a second degree in restaurant management.

Farming was fated
But she now believes she was destined to be a farmer.

“I’ve always had a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ fixation and about eight years ago or so, that led to our first box of chickens delivered in the mail. That quickly morphed into what you see today which is a fully-functioning farm with hogs, sheep, chickens, pigs, ducks, geese and turkeys.”  

And children. Madeline is 8, Betsy is 6. They have more farm chores than their dad, John Kohout.

 “I just kind of put up fence on the farm. I’m not the farmer per se the way she is. I just take care of errands as much as she needs.”

Good little farm hands
Madeline and Betsy’s favorite chores are feeding the animals.

“That really has to top the list of benefits of living this sort of lifestyle” says their mom.  “They really understand every part of the process about how food gets on to their plates and how to support themselves and their future families.”  

Kohout’s support comes from her family and her customers. She’d been serving prepared food from a converted hot dog cart at farmers’ markets, but recently was able to upgrade to a trailer thanks to an online kickstarter fundraiser.

A foodie first
Food, especially healthy food, has been her life-long obsession.

But it’s only in recent years that she’s been cooking her own livestock.

 “I was a longtime vegetarian for animal-rights reasons. And once I had the tools in place to be able to raise livestock in a humane manner, I did that.”

She remains concerned about food safety.

“Genetically-modified products in particular scare the heck out of me. So we do our best to avoid all those. Everything that comes into our kitchen at home or into the food trailer, I try to make a single ingredient, not something that’s prepackaged ready-to-go. I try to assemble everything from scratch. Hence the name ‘SCRATCH Free Range Food.'" 

Helping fellow farmers

Kohout says most of the inventory for the food she cooks in her trailer comes from her farm and the other farmers she’s met at area markets. She still parks at the markets but also caters and delivers meals to customers’ homes to meet specific dietary needs -- whether paleo, macro, vegan, gluten, soy or dairy-free. She uses no preservatives, corn syrup, or MSG.


She uses social networking to poll her customers for her weekly menu.

“And I let them pick. So this week’s menu at the market was southern fare, so I had buttermilk fried chicken, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, green beans, fried mush, honey lemonade, that sort of thing.”

Fried mush is corn meal, water and salt, which she puts in a greased pan overnight, slices, and then fries on the griddle or in a fryer. 

“With maple syrup," she says, “it’s delectable.”  

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook






Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio lawmakers compromise on teacher evaluation changes
The problem schools have is too much government intervention so what do the Republicans do...add more. As a conservative this liberal style is why I left the p...

What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for early voting
r.gov trying to slow down voters to stop the people from voting out the r. govener

Cleveland Orchestra heads home from Europe
So proud to be a lifetime Clevelander! Yes, our Orchestra is the best ambassador a city could hope for! My wife and I happened to hear the European Festival T...

Northeast Ohio undocumented immigrants praying for a miracle
Stop it, just stop it. They are not undocumented but illegal aliens. I live in a 'sanctuary' city and it's not pretty. Dahlberg is a notorious trouble maker in ...

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University