For those who’ve heard the hubbub about Slow Food but don’t quite feel in the loop, now is your time to get a handle on the wheel as Slow Food rolls through San Francisco this Labor Day weekend. Slow food is one of the greatest organizations that’s now ,spread all over the world to promote food and agriculture consciousness. A quick net search with the words “slow food” will give way to many resources explaining the idea behind slow food in more detail. Wikipedia states “The Slow Food movement was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy to combat fast food. It claims to preserve the cultural cuisine and the associated food plants and seeds, domestic animals, and farming within an ecoregion. It was the first established part of the broader Slow movement. The movement has since expanded globally to over 83,000 members in 122 countries.”
This Labor Day weekend, take part in any number of great activities Slow Food has planned that educate, sample, and celebrate our unique and thriving agricultural region by visiting their website at www.slowfoodusa.org. Amyitis Gardens will be joining Slow Food by participating in and “Eat In”. An “Eat In” is a national day of action aimed at increasing food awareness in our schools. The event hopes to promote a national movement to bring healthier more sustainable choices to schools for our future nation by hosting large-scale sustainable potlucks. The potluck lunches are happening in hundreds of national locations and are being supported by people like us. Go to www.slowfoodusa.org/timeforlunch to learn more about how to participate in an event near you.
In other Amyitis news, we’ve installed a new garden! Owner of the Corner and Weird Fish, Peter Hood helped us with our latest installation by throwing an afternoon barbecue and work party to get the job done and spread awareness about our project. We are overly grateful to all of the helping hands that came out on Sunday to help us get it finished. Now that it is finished, our excitement only continues to grow with this new space. Located in the Potrero Hill district of SF, it seems to get a fair amount of sun all year. And, judging by neighboring gardens, tomatoes, beans, and squash should fair wonderfully here during the summer.
Since we are heading into the fall season we started by planting greens due to their short turn around time. Later this fall we will plant garlic and leeks for harvest in early spring. Starting in the spring we will focus more on crops like legumes; beans and peas; and nightshades; tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. The restaurants will now have almost twice the amount of neighborhood food at their disposal.
And speaking of our restaurants The Corner is fully on board with their new menu. Starting last week they’ve hired a new chef and have constructed a new menu worthy of healthy praise. They feature our greens on the menu. Recently the SF Bay Guardian reviewed the restaurant. You can read the review here (article). But don’t take it from journalists, go in there and enjoy the fruits of super local labor.