Slow Food USA
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
What is Slow Food all about? Taste education and knowledge of where food comes. Not so long ago, I was asked, “Do radishes grow underground?” Perhaps you know just about all there is to know about growing vegetables. Maybe you don’t. A lot of us are curious. We are shopping at farmers’ markets, joining CSAs, looking for local foods in our grocery stores. We may know the basics, but can’t imagine what it takes to get from broccoli seeds to quantities of broccoli needed in restaurants, stores, markets. Take some time this summer and early fall to meet a farmer or two, maybe to walk the fields with them, to ask questions, and to see the answers. As for taste, even so-called green salads are about more than lettuce! They contain beans, broccoli, asparagus, kale, chard, collards, beet greens, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, dill, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, parsley. Good salads combine veggies of all colors, such as the red of beets, tomatoes, and radishes, the orange of carrots and nasturtiums, and the yellow of tomatoes, beets, and beans. Make sure your salads, soups, and stews contain multi-colored splendor. Taste veggies in ways you haven’t tasted them before. Even those of us who’ve been at this for a while may find surprising new combinations of textures, flavors, colors. We invite all you to join us at the Slow Food table. Celebrate the beauty, savor the flavor, share the wealth, enjoy the company.
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