Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Cracked was the longtime lame competitor to MAD Magazine, one so lame it doesn't even exist anymore in a print edition. Recently, they came out with an argument against organic food that basically categorizes it as an opportunity for people to feel good about themselves. It's such an oversimplification of the issues surrounding food that it's pretty dumb, but it also brings up great points. For instance: do you think you're saving the planet just because you buy something labeled "organic"? Look closely. Most of the products labeled as such actually belong to mega-corporations whose commitment to an eco-lifestyle is a bunch of flapping lips. Forget organic, and buy local from people near you, not from Chile (lay off the Chilean sea bass and virtually any seafood not captured from the Newport Beach dory fleet!)
Posted by the secret fork society at 6:17 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Orange County is so damn developed that scenarios like the one depicted in this New York Times article—about how Palmetto, Georgia wants to become the Sonoma of the South—are impossible. Sure, you can find a couple of organic farms here and there, but even restaurants like Ramos House and Sapphire that grow many of their own ingredients must do so from the owner's backyard or small terrain on their property that competes with NIMBY neighbors and asphalt. That's why most of the participants in the county's farmer's markets don't actually grow their crops in Orange County but must trek from beyond the Orange Curtain. Too bad the lords of Orange County couldn't have left even a bit of our rustic charm (save the exploitation of Mexicans) when deciding to run tractors over some of the most fertile soil in America.
Posted by the secret fork society at 6:05 PM
The slaughterhouses of Kansas City, Missouri largely ushered in the move toward mass-produced beef, pork, and chicken. Now, in a bit of cosmic remorse, some Missouri chefs are trying to get locals to buy meat from their nearby slaughterhouse. That's been a problem for us: does anyone know where to buy organic meat raised in Southern California? Most of the meat we find at farmer's market, while fed organically, is raised on farms far away. Oh, for the time of the Californios!
Posted by the secret fork society at 5:54 PM
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's easy to ridicule hipsters as same-dressing, trend-following, white-man's-burden-bemoaning twits, but what to make of those who take up the foodmaking crafts of yore? In Brooklyn is a whole community of Slow Food advocates who don't just patronize restaurants or wax poetic about heirloom this-and-that, they actually produce products like chocolate, butchered meats, and cheese in the quest for great taste and conscious living. Here's a group of hipsters everyone can admire; now, if only they could teach their brethren in Southern California the same ethos...
Posted by the secret fork society at 5:59 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We get our produce from Morning Song Farm, a beautiful bunch of acres in the unincorporated community of Rainbow, California. They offer what's known as a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA, for short), which means that consumers fork over money for a basket (small or large) of whatever the farm is offering in a particular season (right now: lots of kale, rainbow chard, strawberries, and other yummies). The CSA idea is still catching on in Southern California, definitely not as entrenched as back East or other regions, but all can change. Not enrolled? Stop by The Road Less Traveled on a Wednesday and check out all the goodies!
Posted by the secret fork society at 6:11 PM