At our centennial meeting we decided to add a new project. We will be tracking our personal food crops.
Slow Food Potluck
The Bucks branch holds an annual potluck dinner and book discussion each winter. All attendees are asked to consider using local ingredients for their contributions to the dinner, and we try to achieve at least 50% locally grown or raised food, using organic where possible. This is an ambitious goal, since winter is not part of our food-growing season, but members get creative in finding locally produced food. This year’s potluck easily surpassed the 50% mark. Local ingredients included organic chicken, sausage, cheese, organic greens of surprising variety, greenhouse grape tomatoes, locally milled grains, some of which are grown locally, and our own members’ preserved tomatoes and blackberries! We shared information about where to find local produce in the winter and compared prices. The book this year was “Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver” by Diane Ott Whealy who, with her then-husband Kent Whealy, founded Seed Savers Exchange. The book was informative, inspiring, and had beautiful artwork. The potluck tradition offers a welcome chance to discuss a topic of interest with others who are passionate about gardening, to challenge ourselves to source locally, and to enjoy other members’ culinary skills.