After working on my massive Home Clean Home post, Matt and I scooted out for a fundraiser at Cville Coffee for the Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund hosting none other than the famous Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm!
I’ve been an admirer of Joel’s since first reading Michael Pollan’s books and was excited to hear him speak
We first paid a visit to the bakery and saw they have begun to tear down the old awning! Exciting!
I filled up on cauliflower and beets from Mas (both of which were divine!)
Plus smoked paprika goat cheese!
And anchovies!! I am brave They are much fishier than sardines! But they were good.
There was also octopus (I think!), bean dip, hummus and some really good pita chips. On the edge of my plate – a Hello Dolly bar and a walnut bar, which I shared with Matt. He shared a bite of his black bean quesadilla!
A glass of red –
I was in front of an audience taking these photos! I bit embarrassing, but you gotta stand by your career choice!
My audience turned out to be KERF readers!! So I’m sure they understood Ellie and Alicia were enthusiastic new friends!
The evening started with a little jazz
And ended with a lot of talk. Joel’s talk was a bit more preaching to the choir than I had hoped, but I still enjoyed every point he made (and of course agreed with him on the importance of changing this country’s food systems).
The KERF Diet: A Thoughtfultarian
I’ve gotten some emails asking me how I eat. My response is usually just “Keep reading!” but tonight’s talk prompted me to write a bit on my diet.
When we buy meat for our household, we only buy organic and/or local meats and we try to stick to one “featured” meat per week to reduce our consumption. I don’t always note it in my posts, but if we’re ever eating meat you can assume it’s from a good source. We also buy organic dairy and local eggs. For a while I was a bit wishy washy on local food (meaning I didn’t buy it 100% of the time because of the cost), but these days I’m pretty steadfast in my beliefs about it. Because I can be.
I don’t care to put a label on it, but I am somewhat of a Pescatarian when I eat in public. I might have a few bites of an unknown meat at a nice event (such as last weekend’s wine dinner or at a family event) but for the most part, if I don’t know where the meat came from, I assume it came from a factory and order something else (remember recently at the Great Harvest convention when I asked for the vegetarian plate and they happened to have one?). I often choose vegetarian sandwiches over deli meat and rarely order chicken or steak if the server can’t confirm it’s from a local farm. I order a lot of salads, soups and a lot of seafood. Thankfully, in Charlottesville, we have many restaurants that serve local meats – just look at the list of restaurants that use Polyface! Reason #1,026 why I love living here!
I don’t ever care to put a label on my diet, though, because I don’t believe in labels! I am just me, a thoughtful eater.
And this is totally a conversation I have had before. Leaves me laughing out loud every time: