Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m doing something a little different and I think you will really enjoy it. I have been invited to create a guest post for the Pairs Well With… Blog. I am thrilled to be able to share the recipe that I designed for this collaboration as well as to introduce you to my fellow blogger Carin, the author of Pairs Well With… She has traveled to nine of the world’s most notable wine regions, sipping and sampling her way around the globe.
“Use Everything – Waste Nothing” ~ Quote by Anthony Bourdain (from Wasted: The Story of Food Waste, a Netflix documentary)
John and I recently attended the Taste the Waste event at the Red Stag Supperclub in NE Minneapolis. The mission for this function was to bring awareness to the enormous amount of food that is wasted annually. Food is wasted at every link in the food chain, from farms to homes to restaurants to grocery stores and beyond.
“If you just think exclusively about what would be the best tasting or most profitable, you’re just not seeing the big picture”
~ Dan Barber
Sustainability. What does it mean? And why is it so important?
You will get a multitude of answers to the above questions depending on who you ask. It can vary based on a myriad of factors including the environmental, social and economic conditions in a given region.
The EPA’s formal definition of sustainability is:
“The idea of sustainability—commonly defined as the ability to maintain or improve standards of living without damaging or depleting natural resources for present and future generations—was ingrained as a foundation of environmental law with the signing of the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act.Jun 26, 2018″ ~ United States Environmental Protection Agency
What I know for certain is that instituting sustainable living habits into our daily lives is crucial to our future, and we need to work together to achieve long-term sustainability.
“If you ate today, thank a farmer”
I believe that getting to know the farmers who supply our food is imperative. It heightens our respect for the dedication and hard work that they put into what we consume. These interactions make the ingredients on our plates even more meaningful.
Two weeks ago I visited the 155 acre Hmong American Farmers Association Farm (HAFA) in Vermillion Township. This is an area that is heavily rooted in agriculture. The farm is located approximately 15 minutes south of St. Paul.
I learned of HAFA and the variety of programs they have been implementing while listening to Pakou Hang (Co-Founder and Executive Director of HAFA) speak on the panel at a Future of Food Tour event. This was hosted by Kerry Diamond, Editorial Director of Cherry Bombe. The event was held at the Lynhall in June and was part of their ongoing Wisdom Series. Shortly after the event I reached out to Pakou to hear more about the organization. Following our discussion I expressed interest in visiting the HAFA Farm.