Archive for May, 2009

Whole Foods

Last night, Nicolas, his mother Helen and I were invited to a six-course meal at the Whole Foods at Briarcliff and La Vista, the first Whole Foods to open in Atlanta. This was a celebration of their tenth anniversary.

The setting sun provided the beautiful lighting:

DSC_4014Whole Foods magnificent chefs created a feast with the locally produced (including ours) organic produce, meat and goat cheese. Even the wine and beer were local.

DSC_4009Here is beautiful Helen, Nicolas’ mother and the inspiration for Crystal Organic Farm. Of course, she is also our famous egg and flower farmer.

We all had a good time:

DSC_4001The manager of this Whole Foods, a really great young guy named Michael Shively,  is extremely commited to local organic producers. In a few weeks, there will be a permanent table set up at this store with Nicolas’ produce. There have been banners with pictures of Farmer Nicolas at Whole Foods before, a slide show about him on their site and the organization has been buying his vegetables for years, but this takes our relationship with Whole Foods to another level and shows just how committed they are to local farmers and those who value their stuff.


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From the Taste of Seeds of Change flyer:

Throughout history, human beings have used thousands of plant species for food, many of which have also been domesticated.  Today only 150 plant species are cultivated, 12 of which provide approximately 75 percent of our food and four of which produce over half of the food we eat. This involution has increased the vulnerability of agriculture and impoverished the human diet. As a result, many local crops that have traditionally been important for feeding the poorest sectors of society are now underutilized or neglected.

-Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

This morning, our farm hosted a “Taste of Seeds of Change”, a field day that allows farmers, chefs, gardeners and consumers to sample different Seeds of Change varieties, to see them growing in the field, and to ask farming questions.DSC_3271


DSC_3319DSC_3276DSC_3317DSC_3279This seed company has been growing organic seeds for twenty years. Though we do also buy lots from High Mowing Seeds, from Johnny’s and from other smaller companies, Seeds of Change currently has “the largest number and variety of commercially available seed.”

They did a wonderful job organizing this field day. All of the varieties (and there are many) that we grow from them were listed in a hand-out that was given to each visitor. It gave a thorough description of each plant. The recipes that were included in the folders they distributed were enticing. I’ll post them here as I try them.

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