I swore when I added a blog to this site that I would never miss a month. After all the years in which I have produced content for the web, one of my biggest complaints has become the number of websites that add blogs to their repertoire and then do not update them in a way that is routine or regular enough to be of use to their audience. Setting the standard for myself of one post a month seemed very attainable given the insane amount of content I write each month, but alas, it felt as if June 2010 came and went in just a single breath.
Wrapping the second season of Nickel City Chef, assisting Taste of Buffalo with their chef demonstration stage, and fulfilling my writing obligations kept me busy, but the icing on the cake was the annual preparation for Feed Your Soul’s Foodie-to-Farm Tours and our new Chef & Market Lunches. The picture above is from the Foodie tour we took last September, which included a stop at Tom Tower’s farm in Niagara County. A lot of work goes into the development and coordination of these programs, but it requires double the effort to promote the series and then cross your fingers, hold your breath, pop an antacid and hope that enough tickets sell.
Here is what’s tough: they deserve to sell out. Not because we do such a stupendous job of hammering them together, but because they are an experience that changes you–really. I can’t put that on our advertising or write it in the content of our website. because it sounds like it’s part of a sermon–or worse yet, a yoga class. But these events really do change you. They are influential and yet also manage to be breathtaking and peaceful experiences. To go further, none of these descriptors even begin to cover how wonderful each of the farms are; how interesting and unique their crops and methods are, or how provocative their individual stories may be. Plus, we make sure that everyone leaves a little wiser and with a belly full of tasty food.
Anyway, I hope that some of you will join us this summer for one of these truly amazing experiences. We’ve got a few of these under our belt and have polished them so that they are nice and shiny (and delicious). You could even call the Feed Your Soul summer series “Taste of WNY”, as it is about sampling, experiencing and soaking in the earth, the air, the season and our agrarian history.