Archive for the ‘food’ Category

SC: Safe Eats

March 23, 2009

Does your favorite South Carolina restaurant keep clean? How about the sanitation at your child’s school? Or the prison that cousin Jim has been locked up in? With today’s State Agency Database Highlight, you can check how a food server stacks up against state health standards:

Restaurant Inspection Scores Search by restaurant name or street name in a city to find current regular (unannounced) or followup inspection scores.

Results include date of latest inspection.

The South Carolina page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Elaine Sandberg.


MO: Get edible seeds

September 16, 2008

Do you live and Missouri and have a yen for edible seeds? Or mushrooms? Or perhaps your horse needs some hay? Find local sources for these and more with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

  • AgriMissouri Buyer’s Guide – Database of consumer items produced or processed by AgriMissouri members in the state of MO. Searchable by catagory, member name, company, product, or county. Only AgriMissouri members are listed, so it does not include all MO agriculturally-related businesses.

The database is searchable by product, county, and producer name. Records have location, contact info and a vendor blurb. Here is an example record:

Columbia Farmers’ Market
1701 West Ash – behind the ARC building
Columbia MO 65205
County: Boone
Phone: 573-823-6889

Products: Beverages, Candles, Community Harvest Festival, Cosmetics, Dairy Products, Edible Seeds, Ethnic Foods, Flavorings/Seasonings, Fish, Fresh Vegetables and Herbs, Frozen Foods, Fresh Fruit, Gifts, Greenhouse, Plants, Flowers, Honey, Liquid or Creamed Flavored Honey, Jellies, Jams, Apple Butter, Meats, Mushrooms, Farmers’ Market, Eggs
Description: Our Market opens Saturday (8:00 a.m.-noon) in Mid-March & runs until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All our vendors are from a 55 mile radius and may only sell what they grow or craft themselves. Every Saturday there is live entertainment and a festival once a month.

Truly the Saturday morning place to be ~ we have everything Missouri has to offer!

Market is also open Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, May until October.

The Columbia Farmers Market offers a wide variety of products. These include: vegetables, fresh herbs & fruits, including peaches & berries, plants galore, including bedding plants, hanging plants, potted plants, houseplants, vegetable & herb plants, fresh eggs, meats, award winning goat cheeses, honey & honey ice cream, variety of mushrooms, wheatgrass, baked goods, fresh trout, candles, poison ivy relief soaps, jams, jellies, pickles and more.

The Missouri page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Annie Moots.

AL: Eating Place Scores and Maps!

April 17, 2008

If you’re hungry and in Alabama, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight before going out:

Food Establishment Scores – enables users to search for restaurants or other food establishments and retrieve their latest inspection score, as well as a map to the establishment. Search by establishment name, type, city, and/or county.

The map comes from Google Maps and can provide driving directions and either satellite or terrain views in addition to the regular road map view. A nice integration of web 2.0 resources into a government produced database.

The Alabama page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Valerie Glenn.

FL: Know Before You Go

April 7, 2008

Is your next vacation hotel up to sanitary standards? If your proposed hotel is in Florida, you can check out their inspection record with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Food & Lodging Inspection Reports can be searched by name or license number. According to the website:

Deficiencies observed during routine inspections are described in inspection reports, with references to the relevant section of Florida food regulations, and are classified as either critical or non-critical. Inspectors are standardized through extensive training, and are required to document all violations observed. Inspection reports include notice to the operator when violations must be corrected, usually either a date certain or by the next routine inspection. Frequently, violations are corrected at the time of inspection, indicated as corrected on site.

The Florida page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rich Gause.

SDOTD 7/23/2007 – IL: Farmers’ Market Lookup

July 18, 2007

Today’s State Database of the Day comes to us from Illinois.

AgriHappenings – The Illinois Department of Agriculture along with the Illinois Specialty Growers associations are very pleased with the number of Illinois producers that have signed-up to participate in the ILLINOIS “ WHERE FRESH IS” logo program. This program is made available to producers to use as a tool to help sell Illinois grown produce, fruits and other horticulture commodities.

AgriHappennings is where you want to go if you want to sniff out the freshest produce at farmers’ markets. This database is searchable by county via a drop down box. Records include address of the market, hours, contact info and notes. Notes can include type of produce (veggies, nuts, etc) or type of farming (organic, sustainable). Not all entries have notes.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-state state agency database registry.