I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the connection we have to our food and to the earth. How much do each of us invest in and know about our own local environment and the earth that grows our food, sprouts our vegetables, feeds our animals, nurtures our kids, etc?
I recently tried a delicious Caciotta Cheese from Dancing Ewe Farms. It’s an Italian style cheese made by Jody and Luisa Somers in Granville, NY. The cheese is rubbed with a mixture of tomato paste and olive oil which adds taste and acts as a preservative like wax with other cheeses. They sell the cheese every week in the Union Square Farmer’s market in New York City. I tasted it twice and then bought some. It’s delicious – nutty, smooth, full of character, and, most of all is made locally. The cheese is hand-made and the 35 Jersey cows are fed natural foods and milked twice daily to produce the best milk possible for this superb cheese.
Tasting the Caciotta and attending the Brooklyn Food Conference made me think about how much I know about where the food I buy is grown and how I can invest more in local foods both with my money and time. This led me to buying a great new book called Slow Money that examines the relationship between economics and the earth and opens the doors for a new paradigm for people to use when thinking about sustainable economic growth. I’ve also been interested in the Slow Food movement: “Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract 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.
To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable.
Today, we have over 100,000 members in 132 countries.”
Check out these sites, let me know what you think and see where to get involved locally.