Farming is busy, never-ending work. There is always another weed to pull and a newly ripened tomato to market. Unexpected occurrences happen frequently, from an infestation of cabbage worms to a broken vent on the hoophouse.
Despite the business of the work day, I place a high priority on cooking and sitting down at the table to dinner with my fiance. It is important for our physical, spiritual, and mental health. We rarely get elaborate with our weeknight meals. A simple egg and some greens can make a simple weeknight supper. We often try to make more than we’ll eat that night so we can pack lunch the next day. This is part of what slow food means to me.
I want to turn your attention to a food organization, and an affiliate, that is doing a lot of great work in Michigan and around the world.
Slow Food International is a “non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”
Slow Food International’s website is full of great information and links that will help you become a slower and more thoughtful eater.
Our local chapter, Slow Food Huron Valley, “work(s) to strengthen our regions food system, build community food security, and preserve our culinary heritage.” Slow Food Huron Valley hosts events in SE Michigan throughout the year including a pie baking contest, potlucks, tour of an heirloom apple orchard.