Last week I attended the National Heirloom Exposition, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA. The expo is a celebration of all things traditional, heirloom, and heritage in the realm of fruits and vegetables. I was there on Wednesday the 14th, when Alice Waters was the keynote speaker. She was delightful– her speaking style was entertainingly personable, she was humble, and she shared stories and insights I’ve not run across elsewhere– not in her cookbooks, nor on the Chez Panisse website, nor any of the other places I’ve followed her over the years. She insisted that the farmer who has grown all the produce for Chez Panisse for many years join her on stage to share the lecture duties. He was a character, and it was a joy to hear them banter.
Here’s to sustainable agriculture, and as much biodiversity in our crops as possible! I’m already planning next year’s garden.