Feeding Detroit Body and Soul
Feeling the minutes slipping by...
Had to share this great write-up about Detroit, its foodies and the "buy local" scene. Great storytelling in The Atlantic about how Detroit restaurants are cultivating a tradition toward fresh-off-the-vine produce, proteins and the like. A read like this actually makes me -- a complete non-believer -- believe in the farming aspect of the city's current state of affairs.
And it makes me want to go into the city, see the sights, taste the foods, sample the wares, get to know the individuals who are creating such coolness. There is such a great vibe to this story; it's like you're attending the party. And it is a party in Detroit -- mark my words...Greatness is unfolding.
"The local food movement you see in other cities is very different," said Greg Willerer (founder of Brother Nature Produce), tossing a mix of mizzuna, sorrel, lemon basil, golden purslane, watercress, and arugula with dressing and handing it to a benefit patron. "Here, we're very well integrated with a lot of chefs; the farmers and restaurants are together. If they're thinking about doing specials, they talk to us."
A few more tidbits after the break.
Check out these stories about the city.
--From the always amazing Donna Terek in The Detroit News about community farms. Older, but still worth reading.
--A great blog tip from my palsie, Nikki Stephan.
The Real Time Farms Blog – A few pals of mine in Ann Arbor, MI run Real Time Farms, which is a relatively new company that helps local consumers understand where their food comes from. People can discover fresh and local food near them and share pictures and information about local farms and farmers markets. So of course, the blog is full of scrumptious looking food. It also features stories and experiences that various writers share related to fresh and wholesome food. The photos on this blog are stunning, and you'll find value in the content even if you aren't from the Ann Arbor, MI area.