Slow Food Huron Valley has some great events on the horizon. One coming up soon is "Finding Local Food and Bringing It Home For Dinner: Supporting Our Farms." Taking place at Ann Arbor's Main Library downtown on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00pm, this panel discussion is going to highlight a couple of our finest nearby CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms - Tantré Farm and Old Pine Farm - and a great local business, Community Farm Kitchen. The idea for this community event is to make the path between eaters and Michigan food a bit more obvious. By hearing from some of the wonderful people who grow our food and from some of the people who are already buying and cooking that food, it should be a little clearer how easy, enjoyable and satisfying (and in some cases, healing) it can be to know where your food comes from and what went into it.
Unlike our grandparents, most of us today have little conception of the expertise and the effort that goes into growing food that is sustainable and humane. And many people are relying on prepared food rather than cooking. But there's another trend as well. For health, economic, and ethical reasons, many of us are deciding not to buy meat from factory farms and to stop participating in the industrialized food system.
Once we've made this decision, where does the food come from and what do we do with it once we get it? One of the best answers is to participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). When you buy a share with a CSA farm, a box of the freshest seasonal produce or meat is waiting for you every week or every month.
This panel features exemplary local farmers - Deb Lentz and Richard Andres from Tantré Farm and Kris Hirth from Old Pine Farm - who will talk about how they run their CSA farms, what they've learned about growing food, and what they see for the future of food. The panel discussion will also highlight the creative ways that people in our community are buying, cooking and enjoying food that is produced close to home. Mary Wessel Walker will explain her business, the Community Farm Kitchen, and Victoria Bennett will talk about how she and her husband changed their approach to food when they discovered their young son was allergic to both dairy and soy.
Did you see the piece in the Detroit Free Press last weekend by Slow Food member Heather Newman? Called The Farm Around the Corner, it features the fabulous Tantré Farm along with some of the people in our area who are finding it important to eat from our local foodshed.