Yesterday when I talked about the things that have changed for me since going vegan one of the things I was getting at was that it has made me think about food differently. I’ve long considered myself a foodie, but going vegan has taken me to a different level: I actually do something about it.
One of the things I have done is to join my local chapter of Slow Food.
From the Slow Food Website:
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
I’ve long heard about Slow Food, and I’ve followed them in the news but I’ve never joined before. But now is a time of action (doesn’t that sound good!) and so I joined a few weeks ago and today went to my first event, an apple picking party at T S Smith & Sons in Bridgeville Delaware, about 40 minutes north of my house.
As per the invitation we packed a lunch.
We took a hayride. We walked around. E did crafts including carving stamps out of apples and painting a pumpkin. And we talked to people about healthy sustainable food here on Delmarva.
The apples were wonderful and the cider was phenomenal. E even said “I never realized how good an apple could really be.” And this is not a child who has not eaten fresh food before! But I guess she’s never gone to pick apples.
T S Smith & Sons is one of 2 apple orchards in Delaware. They also grow peaches, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus…. etc and they go to some of the local farmer’s markets plus have their own farm store. The man who drove the tractor is one of the Smiths. T S Smith was his grandfather. He spoke about the underwater irrigation system they are using that conserves water and the need to bring more apple varieties to the East Coast. It was a beautiful day to live “on the shore” as we refer to it around here.
I look forward to more events with Slow Food. If you’re not a member of your local chapter why not see if there is one? Being part of the action can be wonderful.
And after we were done picking apples we drove across the street to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes, thrift shopping. Lo and behold I found a set of 6 beautiful glasses. Just perfect for my apple cider!