Most Americans today have never tasted a heritage turkey! Theobjective of the Heritage Turkey Foundation is “to save heritage breeds of turkeys by returning them to the holiday tables of ordinary American families: Better food at an affordable price.” Helping communities exercise their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food is part of a growing movement called food justice. In this post, author Barbara Kingsolver describes her experience raising the turkey we introduced last week, the Bourbon Red.
Did you know many heritage breeds of turkeys, like the Bourbon Red, are endangered species? Heritage Foods USA was founded over ten years ago to sell meat from heritage animal breeds that are anti-biotic free and raised on pasture. If you haven’t bought your thanksgiving turkey yet, consider buying one from them! If you can’t cook your own, you should join UVa’s School of Architecture for the annual 100-mile thanksgiving this Thursday, November 21 at 7. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of Farmers is a website run by students at the Allegheny Mountain School to help support farmers in their community. “The idea behind the site is that by telling the stories of farmers in our area, we can help connect producers and consumers, so people know who their food is coming from and how it is produced. Though a solid start, this website would be no where without the help of Kat Rutt who designed the logo and a positive editorial by the Recorder, our local paper.”
This website and blog is devoted to strengthening connections from the farm to the table and enhancing Virginia’s overall food system. The Virginia Farm to Table Plan and Initiative is a collaborative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia State University, University of Virginia, the Virginia Food System Council and partner organizations, for strengthening Virginia’s economic future and food system from the farm to the table.
The 2013 Virginia Farm to Table Conference scheduled for December 4 and 5 will help to shepherd the initiative forward and help reconnect individuals and communities to farming and food, and highlight the social, environmental and economic importance of these connections.
Known as Virginia’s best cook, Mary Randolph published a recipe book called The Virginia House-wife in 1824. She was known for combining “knowledge of English cooking with native Indian [and African] food influences”. In this blog post, a Monticello culinary historian recreates one of Randolph’s recipes: fried potatoes. Mary Randolph was the first person buried in Arlington Cemetery. She was a descendant of Pocahontas and relative of Thomas Jefferson. For more information about her, click here.
A Spoken Dish is a storytelling project dedicated to celebrating and documenting food memories and rituals from people across the South. “The goal of A Spoken Dish is to document the palate of a changing South; one that demonstrates the diversity of our communities by way of what lands on the supper table,” producer Kate Medley said. Learn more and watch videos here!
View from Indigo House: If you like cooking and gardening ,this is a blog for you! Leni Sorensen focuses on traditional Virginian foods as she cooks her way through unique and challenging tasks like home-made hot dog buns and taking a lamb from the barn to the freezer. Click to enter Leni’s blog!
Bringing Native Foods to Alaska: Serving foods native to a particular region isn’t as easy as you would think. This article highlights Alaska’s efforts to incorporate more native foods like moose and crab into school and hospital menus. Read more!
Heritage Harvest Festival: Save the date! September 6-7 is this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. The festival celebrates the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and features heirloom vegetable and fruit tastings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, tours, and family activities.
Check it out here!
Beginning during the Civil War, black women began selling fried chicken and pies to train passengers stopping for a moment in Orange County’s Gordonsville. Upon taking a trip down south in the 1870s, a group of journalists nicknamed the place “the chicken leg center of the universe.” Gordonsville now hosts an annual Fried Chicken Festival. Read more about the story here!