Sunday, December 8th @ the Chilmark Community Center
At this Free event, we celebrated Slow Food’s Terra Madre Day
We heard stories from Rebecca Gilbert on preserving Cayuga Duck which is loosing ground because it doesn’t look cosmetically perfect in the marketplace, from Thalia Scanlan on seed saving and its importance in preserving vanishing varieties, from Rick Karney on Bay Scallop and Slow Food MV’s early efforts to place it on the Ark of Taste as an endangered food unique to our region, from Jon Previant on raising heritage turkeys and the enchantment of listening to them talk and sing in the Farm Institute’s barn following a hurricane warning, and finally from Sumner Silverman on various fruits and the viability of growing them locally.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Drawing of Goodies…
Packets of seeds and a membership to Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org/)
Farm Institute Short Ribs for a party of 4 (www.farminstitute.org)
Bay Scallops from Menemsha Fish Market (www.menemshafishmarket.net)
artisan olive bread from the kitchen of Abigail Higgins
a Cayuga Duck from Native Earth Teaching Farm (www.nativeearthteachingfarm.org)
cookbooks by author Cathy Walthers
and a “Slow Food snail” pendant crafted by Sumner Silverman
All over the world, traditional food products are disappearing, along with the knowledge, techniques, cultures and landscapes related to their production. We encouraged everyone to help restore and celebrate our biologically and culturally diverse food in the face of ever-increasing generic production of foods for the sake of distribution and profit.
check out Slow Food’s Ark of Taste -
a project to catalog and protect these foods.
and the efforts of the RAFT alliance with their catalog of New England Foods at Risk
EAT TO SAVE - tips – Grow RAFT or ARK listed foods in your garden. Encourage farmers to grow or raise listed food, chefs to serve it and retailers to sell it in your community • Celebrate the unique food of your region by hosting an endangered foods meal or American Traditions Picnic • Become a seed saver or fruit explorer and exchange varieties with others in your community