Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thanks Thanks Thanks
Thanksgiving: the seasonal holiday to end all seasonal holidays; the feast to fatten us for the long winter to come; the hard earned fruit of so many strenuous days of field work and labor, is upon us again. And despite its associations with some less-than-enchanting traditional American habits of over consumption, excessive TV watching, and heavy drinking, it none the less remains my most favored holiday. Not only is it my favorite because of its focus on humility and gratitude for bounty both gastronomic and familial, but for its unapologetic plunge into the copious delights of eating. To put it otherwise, the Dionysian indulgence in a hedonistic love affair with that which sustains us. After all, this is a blog dedicated to creating local and sustainable FOOD! In essence this is a journal about food itself. And with all of the politics associated with each and everything that goes in and around our bodies, it is important the we remember that we are talking about food; tastes, smells, nutrients, vitamins, art; that from which all else is built upon. What better thing to celebrate? A celebration of food where careful thought and great pride is expressed to each component is elemental in the human experience.
Through our relationship with Weird Fish and Boogaloos we are trying to create more awareness of seasonality. By keeping a seasonal menu we can keep things local, fresh and interesting (something that fine dining has known for years). Thanksgiving expresses the finest that the season has to offer. Traditional elements of a Thanksgiving meal (turkey, cranberries, potatoes, apples, onions, beans, and corn) reveal a true cross-section of seasonal foods from coast to coast. This is a time to truly revel in the freshness and flavors of autumn. Remember to support your local butcher and your local farmers when possible.
This holiday is one of those times that drive my imagination back through our collective consciousness to a primal scene in a time when humans' knowledge of their fate was indivisible from the fate of their crops. I am reminded of a time when people knew their food. While we are no less linked now that we were then, there is a vast separation of those simple yet vital relationships. We thank everyone who is here to help close that gap.
We send out a deep thank you to those that pioneer and evolve this food movement, to those that support and read this blog, to those who support our gardens, and to those that unfearingly are mending a tired system by creatively reviving time tested traditions. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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This week I was lucky enough to be given a mention in the SF Chronicle regarding the garden project. Although it was only a brief mention about the gardens, it is good to know that ears are open to what is happening in the Mission. This is a prime time to get involved with what we are doing. Please take part by spreading the word about Amyitis (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you know Mission District people that may be interested in joining our project. Happy reading!