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The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

by Dan Barber (Executive Chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns  located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture). Penguin Press, May 2014

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One of the first farm-to-table chefs, Dan Barber is interested in where our food comes from, how it is grown or raised and how or if those processes will be sustainable into the future.  He is not new to the conversation; he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. He also does not specifically promote a plant-based diet. But his “plate” is vegetable forward accompanied by humanely, sustainably raised fish and animals.

Dividing his exploration among the topics Soil, Land, Sea, and Seed, Chef Barber, who grew up summers on Blue Hill Farm in Massachusetts, explores the current state of food through the lens of his  kitchen and the burgeoning gardens on the surrounding Stone Barns land. Each encounter with a resource raised his consciousness – from Klass Martens’ upstate New York farm to the savannah-like landscape of the Spanish dehesas to Veta la Palma’s unique approach to aquaculture to the history of dwarf wheat. Barber also highlights the educational role that chefs can play by making environmentally responsible choices. A good read that is not so much a polemic as it is­­ a tour of specific, lesser-known points of ecological lights that may positively impact the future of our food.

St. Petersburg, FL Farmers Market – A Weekly Destination

   

St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market – the largest weekly fresh market in the southeast US – is worth a detour. In season (early October to late May, 9am-2pm), a core group of food vendors and a rotating set of artisans fill 130 spaces that attract 8-10,000 visitors.  If you want to get a handle on this energetic, revitalized city, this the the place to start. The market, with live music, dozens of ready-to eat vendors, organic farm stands, and craft vendors,  is really the heart of St. Pete.  Families, strollers and dogs crowd the aisles and the local musicians encourage dancing and hanging out. It’s a fun,  joyous experience.  From June through August, there’s a smaller market in Williams Park.  See a whole flock of images on my pinterest board.