On 4 December, Laurie Beth and Michael hosted a brunch for artists and farmers to celebrate the Feeding Farmers project at MMoCA.
The post below documents four meals that were realized by artist/farmer pairings in December. Continue reading
On 5 November, Helen Klebesadel and Danny Torres prepared a meal at the Wilkinson Homestead for farmer Mike Wilkinson, Peg Wilkinson, Kendall Wilkinson and family members Barbara Klebesadel, Sam Wilkinson, Ali Wilkinson, Leslie and Jacklyn Wilkinson and Shane, Parker and Bixley. The meal was timed for flexibility so the farmers could eat between combining corn.
On 23 October, Sarah Khan made a meal of marinated chicken in a yogurt sauce, eggplant with onions and tomato, and garbanzos and purple potatoes in a tamarind sauce, yogurt with mint, and a spicy cilantro chutney all served with brown rice. Present at at the farm were Gretchen Cruse and Richard Shuman of Hickory Hill Farm (Loganville) as well as Sarah Khan, Henry Drewal and Meeta Mastani.
We arrived walked and talked on the land, met chickens, cats, geese, old farm equipment and new, and chatted away, learned of the 4-generation farm history, and the challenges of working an organic farm in the midst of non-organic ones. Gretchen’s parents’ tenacity and commitment to land conservation proved visionary…and Gretchen manages to carry on the tradition on nearly 200 acres.
Henry and Meeta, helped with all aspects of the dinner and presentation, and Gretchen created a beautiful outdoor table, and a roaring fire in a big metal caldron to allow us to sit outside till into the evening, contemplating our work, lives, stars and spirits…
On 28 October, Faisal Abdu’Allah cooked a traditional Jamaican soup for Mike and Jean Martin (and guest Andrew Salyer) at Jones Valley Farm in Spring Green.
On 22 October, Justin Bitner and Angela Johnson fed Dave and Barb Perkins at Vermont Valley Community Farm (Black Earth). Here is the blog post they created about their experience.
When we were asked to be a part the project Feeding Farmers by Spatula Barcode there was no hesitation with a response. Yes! Yes! Yes! The project involves community, food and Art. When deciding who to feed it was easy for us to choose; Angela and I have been members of a CSA called http://vermontvalley.com for six years. It took this project to make us realize we had no idea who was filling our stomachs and providing community with fresh local produce.
The weekend after we accepted the invitation we were scheduled to be at the farm and attend a scheduled tomato pick they have at the end of very season; this is one of the many community events they host during the CSA season (pumpkin pick, pesto party…). We went a bit early so we could introduce the project and ourselves to see if they were willing to participate.
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On 15 October, Cedar Marie delivered turkey wild rice soup and sourdough bread for Tara Dirth and Shirley Young at the Young Earth Organics booth at the to the Dane County Farmers Market.