Last Sunday our family attended Slow Food Nebraska‘s spring fundraiser, Eggstravaganza, held at Chez Hay. This event was a celebration of food at every level, including those who produce, distribute, prepare, and consume. The mission of Slow Food USAis “to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.”
Slow Food has it right, particularly in the ideal that Americans should be informed eaters. We should know where our food comes from and how its made. We should think about the path from farm to plate. We should meet the farmers who grow our vegetables and raise our chickens. We should know our farmers and our food. All of this is possible if you shop at farmers’ markets, join a CSA, or participate in a food cooperative. Unlike factory farms that prohibit visitors and attempt to ban photographs, the vast majority of local farmers not only allow farm visits but encourage them. They long for questions regarding their techniques and practices. The local farmers that I’ve met take pride in producing the safest, healthiest, and most delicious food possible.
So what did we eat at Eggstravaganza? I had bacon strata, spinach fritatta, hard-boiled eggs, pork sausage links, fresh baked bread and muffins, spring greens, and artisan cheese – all locally sourced.