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Farm On!

May 18, 2015

The pain I typically feel is psychological. It’s the agony of wanting to eat all the foods and not being able to eat all the foods. Or drink all the drinks, and dismayed at the capacity for my body to metabolize alcohol.

For what it’s worth, I did pretty well with that at the wedding this weekend. It was a really lovely affair, and I ate and drank my way through that like a pro.

But the pain I feel today is mostly physical. My back is angry with me. It had nothing to do with the wedding, but still had something to do with food and overconsumption. In this case it was the overconsumption of library books. There was a book about dumplings, the Chez Panisse Vegetables book, and one giant book on sauces. Anyhow, I was carrying them and placing them awkwardly in a sack, and Blamo!

I’ve got a week to heal before my mega plane trip. And it’s hard to sit, lay down, or stand up. That makes it hard to write. So today, I’m going to do something rather unusual. Instead of hoping you read my thoughts on food, I’m hoping to turn you on to another writer.

After all, she’s doing what I’ve wanted to do for years, but have never found the time.

First, let me point you to a minor yet important adjustment to my blog. Please divert your attention to the sidebar on the right. There I keep my blogroll, and granted, it’s rather long. And truth be told, I haven’t weeded it in a long time. So it’s possible you may not have seen the section of farm blogs and websites I added a few months ago.

Anyhow, I’ve elevated it on the page. And at the very top is a link to Tessa Edick’s columns for the Register-Star. The feature is called Meet Your Farmer.

I’ve mentioned meeting Tessa recently. She spoke at the Albany Institute’s Hudson Hop Festival, and I was amazed that I hadn’t heard of the work she has been doing to promote local farms.

Years ago, I had dreamed of spending the summer trying to visit some of the farms that surround the region and get their stories. Well, Tessa has been doing this. And she would like for the farmers names to be as famous as the celebrity chefs who promote farm-to-table eating or the movie stars who advocate for more sustainable diets.

Read her stuff. Do it. Here’s where you go to find it. And then pass it along.

Because the more I think about it, the reason I had not heard of Tessa and her work makes a lot of sense. There aren’t a lot of people talking about these things in the Capital Region. Our local farms are more loved by those in and around New York City than by our own community.

I’ll be talking more about that last part later. Or at least it’s on my long list of things to do. Right now, I’ve got to do some stretches. So read Tessa. Find an article you love about a farm or farmer that sounds amazing. And then share it.

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