First just a word or two...okay...MY version of "a word or two" about Slow Food NS and why I joined. I'm not a farmer, or even a gardener... I leave that to my daughter. I'm not a political activitist, but am glad others are. I'm not a restauranteur or chef, so why join Slow Food NS you might ask? It's quite simple, actually... I love supporting local producers and purveyors of local deliciousness. When we moved to Halifax and first went to the awesome farmers market (one of my first posts about it) and I was so impressed by everything - not just the fantastic food, but the social aspect. Everywhere were musicians, farmers chatting with other farmers and customers, passionate about their produce. And more important to me, they were welcoming and eager to share their stories and recipes for some ingredient one never saw before. In other words... this wasn't like any other market I'd been to.
Then I started noticing events sponsored by Slow Food NS and decided to find out more about them. And since I really can't say it any better than this... here's a quote from their website:
I thought I'd share our day just to entice you to find out more about the local foods and Slow Food Convivia in your areas.
8 AM: one hour drive with my daughter to Wolfville NS in the heart of the Annapolis Valley - picture perfect drive with views of rolling hills and fertile farmlands. Fields of vegetables, vineyards, orchards, lakes, streams, rivers.
Le Caveau Restaurant at Grand Pre Winery...
Dutchman Gouda on a bed of risotto and lots of local vegetables
All in all, a heavenly day that I hope will inspire you to find your own way to learn about and support your local producers, purveyors and chefs.