This Saturday, March 13, The Daily Triplicate, with the help of sponsors and friends, is bringing the authors of “Locally Delicious” to the fairgrounds for a book signing and presentation. The ladies from Humboldt County, known as the “Heirloom Tomatoes,” have compiled recipes and resources for eating on the North Coast. “The first goal of Locally Delicious is to encourage you to obtain a larger percentage of your food from our region,” editor-in-chief Ann Anderson writes in the forward. “Eating within our region gives you better-tasting food, improves your nutrition and our local economy and enriches our community.”
In conjunction with their visit to Del Norte County, I’ve invited regional food producers to present an indoor farmers market. Bring your shopping bags and fill them up with leeks, beets, smoked salmon, pesto, eggs, grain-fed beef and pork and other goodies. Have a cup of soup and some artisan bread. Enjoy the locally-made crafts for sale and the music provided by Jon Parmentier.
Speaking of music, I just got a new CD called “Amchitka.” This recently-released recording of a “lost” benefit concert stars (my favorite) Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs. When I stumbled on it I had no idea what Amchitka was, but the CD jacket provides an interesting history lesson. The title is the name of what was a wildlife preserve in the Aleutian Islands about 1,340 miles southwest of Anchorage. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission began using the island for underground nuclear weapons testing in the ’60s and early ’70s.
A group of pacifists protested the nuclear testing on Amchitka. Someone in the group suggested they sail to the island to bear witness to and generate world-wide awareness about the government’s activities there.
A Canadian named Irving Stowe organized a concert to raise money for the boat that would be christened “Greenpeace.” Tickets for the October 16, 1970, concert sold out at $3 apiece.
In the jacket notes, Stowe’s daughter Barbara recounts her experience as a 14-year-old during the days leading up to the Amchitka concert. “My idealistic parents, inspired by legendary activists Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King dreamt of a world where revolutions were crafted from velvet instead of steel.”
The movement to choose to grow our own food or support our local and regional food producers is a velvet revolution. It is peaceful but powerful and gaining momentum every day. And anyone can join. I just read an article about two young men from Brooklyn who planted their vegetable garden in the back of a 1986 Dodge pickup truck! And yesterday’s Triplicate carried a story about converting blighted areas of Detroit back to agricultural land.
You can take the first step by coming out to the Arts and Crafts Building Saturday afternoon (market starts at 3 p.m. Authors’ talk at 5 p.m.). Even if you’re not ready for a revolution, you’ll love the food.