Local Food Summit Report

Malik Yakini speaking at the Local Food Summit. Photo by Sarah Schwimmer via the Local Food Summit's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/localfoodsummit

Last Friday I attended the Local Food Summit, an annual gathering of people interested in and associated with the local food movement here in Washtenaw county.  I’ve attended the Summit every year–it’s a great chance to network with new people and re-connect with old friends.  I always enjoy seeing familiar faces including many Harvest Kitchen staff alumni and lots of our farmers and fellow food producers.

Representative Jeff Irwin speaking about Fracking in Michigan at the Local Food Summit. I'm on the left in this picture, next to Kenny King of Frog Holler Farm. Photo by Sarah Schwimmer via the Local Food Summit's facebook https://www.facebook.com/localfoodsummit

This year’s summit had the subtitle “(Re) Imagining a Fair Food Network”, so the focus was on food justice and how we can make the local food movement more accessible to all.  We had a very inspiring keynote speech from Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which was followed by an enlightening panel which included people talking about making the food system fair for farm laborers and restaurant workers.  We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s awesome to know that smart people are working on this.  After a delicious local food luncheon, we split up to attend various breakout sessions and workshops.  One of the highlights for me (or possibly lowlights?) was a presentation about fracking in Michigan.  I was impressed that our state representative, Jeff Irwin attended the summit to speak at this workshop.  I was disheartened to learn that deep-level fracking may soon be happening here in Michigan–some exploratory drilling has already taken place in the Irish Hills area, not far from Frog Holler Farm. Augh! Fortunately, Representative Irwin and others are working to make sure we have good legislation in place to regulate the fracking…hopefully it will be enough to protect our water supply and farm land!

On the whole, the Food Summit was an interesting, inspiring, and challenging day.  Looking forward to

HK acknowledged on the screen at the Local Food Summit (I missed what we were honored for...oops!) Photo by Sarah Schwimmer via the Local Food Summit's facebook https://www.facebook.com/localfoodsummit

next year!

In the mean time, here’s next week’s menu:

Omnivore

Stuffed Cabbage with Pork Sausage – Another favorite comfort food, our pork sausage stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade sauce. Will one serving be enough?

Beef Stroganoff – Michigan raised beef and organic mushrooms in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over Pastabilities’ egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.

Cauliflower Barley Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more.

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. Could almost be a meal in itself. 

Green Salad with House Dressing  — Our simple lettuce salad is a delicious treat in the depths of winter. Fresh flavors to brighten your day!

Vegetarian

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage  – Another favorite comfort food, our tasty vegetarian interpretation of the classic stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade sauce. Will one serving be enough?

Mushroom Stroganoff – Our mushroom stroganoff features organic mushrooms and peas in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over Pastabilities egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.

Cauliflower Barley Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more.

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. Could almost be a meal in itself.

Green Salad with House Dressing  — Our simple lettuce salad is a delicious treat in the depths of winter. Fresh flavors to brighten your day!

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