When I arrived at the airport Wednesday I remembered I had brought a copy of Sierra Magazine (November/December 2006) with me to share. It has a couple articles that many of you may have been interested in. One of those articles happens to be “What Food Nation Do You Call Home?” by Gary Nabhan which is luckily online for our consumption: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200611/homecooking.asp. This article came out, I believe, just as the book Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions was released. The article gives a nice overview of all the food nations and their primary food source. You can find recipes from the different nations online through the Sierra club at http://sierraclub.org/sierra/recipes/. If any of you are interested in collecting your own pine nuts, my cousin owns land in the Duchensne area of Utah and has several pinyon trees with nuts he never collects or eats. Could be a fun outing for those adventurous types – no amenities. I can start looking for a local who knows the ins and outs of harvesting pine nuts.
The other article that I wanted to share was “Truth in Labeling,” it is also on the Sierra Clubs online magazine http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200611/truth.asp.
After the meeting I found – “Big Organic Inc.” If you are interested in which company’s own what popular labels you can study this website http://www.msu.edu/%7Ehowardp/organicindustry.html. I found the Sierra’s blurb, “Some natural-food veterans worry that the new megaproducers bring with them the same old problems of conventional agriculture, such as energy intensive, long distance food transportation, and that they will exert pressure to weaken organic standards. On the other hand, growth in the sector keeps an enormous amount of synthetic poisons out of circulation and makes healthy, affordable organic food available to those not lucky enough to live near a farmers’ market.” to reinforce what Katherine Baril presented and the importance of supporting our local farmers before we buy organic from the store.
I am working on my garden today. If any of you are ever traveling along Hwy 40 between Colorado and Northern Utah and you make it to Heber City you should stop by – I’ll fill your car with vegetables.