Do you eat?
If so, do you know where your food comes from?
Good Food is a new documentary that spotlights a wide variety of Washington and Oregonís local farms. Now Iím a locavore. I blog about cooking and eating local regularly [E] and [CL]. If youíve been following my occasional Meet Your Local Farmers Market Vendors series, youíve even met a number of the stars of this film! If you shop at the farmers markets, you might even be IN the film!
Eating local isnít always easy. You need to get yourself to a farmers market or join a CSA (or both). You need to be willing to pay a little more for your food. You might even need to get up early and stand in line for some of your favorite products. But the reward you get is definitely worth the sacrifice. A farmers market carrot at the height of ripeness is easily ten times more flavorful than a conventionally grown carrot. Itís also better for you.† Good Food visits a number of local farms in Washington and Oregon. Some of the farms shown are Skagit River Ranch, Bluebird Grain Farms, Billyís Organic Produce, Alvarez Farms, and Alm Hill Gardens. These are the same farmers I see every week at the markets and Iíve even been to some of their farms.
I canít recommend this movie enough. The movie doesnít talk down to the audience. It isnít overly political, or overly alarmist. It simply presents a variety of farmers and lets them talk about what they love to do - grow organic food for as many people as they can. One of the farmers, Eiko Vojkovich, says she only sells food that she would feed to her daughter (both are frequently found at their booth at the University District or Ballard farmers markets). Brooke and Sam Lucy, of Bluebird Grain Farms, show off a bit of their milling process and talk about the crop rotation they use on their land. Gretchen Hoyt and Ben Craft, from Alm Hill Gardens, talk about the wonderful workers they have, and how greenhouses have let them grow more for longer (they only have a month or so during the winter when they donít pick something)...
I highly recommend this movie. Luckily for you, itís playing again this Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema.
By Patricia Eddy
June 4th, 2008 @ 11:06 PM SIFF
from Seattle Post-Intelligencer website:
links to farms and businesses in the film
u posted by Portland blogger, great on local food systems†† 8-6-08
original source for OCA article above
good pictures and comments
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