As I consider how rapidly things have changed over the past few months, it really is fulfilling to review the year and how much we have accomplished. Of course, the list of things not done or yet to be done is still massive, but with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I really feel blessed by the opportunities the past year has provided, and am even more excited about the year to come.
The past two years in the North Valley has been a decadent experience, in which my little family has matured and found a new direction. As I have explored the North State, met farmers, and shared our table with you, I have come to believe more than ever in terroir at the table, and that the unique relationships with the incredible people who provide our food make our experience at the table that much better.
And as this journey comes full circle, I find myself with a new mission: I have begun compiling a book about the relationships we have with our food and the farmers who produce it. Expounding upon my already established work meeting such great people as Douglas Hays, Charlie Theiriot at Llano Seco, and the Bertagna Family, this work will focus on agri-tourism and how small family farmers bring us together. My domaine will be the length of the the I-5 corridor, covering 1 year, due to be completed by Christmas of next year.
My working title so far is: From the Farmer to You, A cook’s journey to discover the soul of food: This work will be built around my interviews and tours with these family farmers, and include commentary discussing the state of America’s relationship with food today. Thanks to such groups as Oregon’s Friends of Family Farmers, I will be able to cover a broad spectrum of the agricultural world, sharing the story of 24 farms altogether. Of course, this journey won’t be complete without those we share the table with regularly, in addition to visiting a lot of Farmers’ Markets and family restaurants as well.
This adventure is going to be very time consuming, and so I will be taking a step back from writing for knotmove.com. This doesn’t mean I will stop completely: I still plan on occasionally publishing relevant restaurant reviews, recipes, and updates, just not at the regular weekly intervals to which we have become accustomed.
Also, this adventure costs a little bit of money. To support this project so I can finish it in a timely manner, I have launched a page at Kickstarter.com, and am refining my proposal in search of grants. Kickstarter requires that I meet my TOTAL goal before I receive ANY of the funds. I only have sixty days total to reach it, so if you appreciate what I have accomplished and what it is I’m trying to do, I would love to have your support. However, regardless of meeting that goal, this project is going forward, since it is already 25% done. It will just take me a lot longer to finish it.
Please feel free to email me ([email protected]) if you would like to see the proposal, and of course, you can revisit my articles online. As I work on this compilation, I will also be revising and reformatting some of my classics, as well as sharing my experience using updates on Kickstarter.com. Thanks to all of you for sharing your tables with me and my family, and I look forward to the relationships we will build over the years to come.