I am not quite sure what I think about the increasing faddishness of some aspects of the local food thing.
I appreciate the effort but there are things that disturb me about this New York Times piece on the “new farmers”. Can you trust anything that begins with the (built- in ironic) lead: “The Carhartts are no longer ironic. Now they have real dirt on them.”
Will such people last longer than the hippie back- to- the landers of my generation, who mostly didn’t? Granted, there are better markets for high- quality food now.
One of the farmers profiled is a former trendie from trendy “Billyburg” (Williamsburg),and another apparently doesn’t want to stray too far from a New Yorker’s comfort zone: ” “If we can find affordable housing, which is a challenge in East Hampton,” said Mr. Piedmont, 28, who spent two years in Italy after graduation, “we’re going to have two interns this summer.” “
And what is this?– granted perhaps more a typical NYT staffer’s ignorance of life outside Manhattan: “Although publications like Small Farmer’s Journal, published since 1976, often present the life of the small farmer in a heartwarmingly “Little House on the Prairie” light, a recent article in Sheep! about the dangers of jackals and one in Backyard Poultry about preventing chickens’ drinking water from freezing, are a reminder of the old-school risks of farming.”
WHERE DO THEY FARM??!
A lot of this reminds me of the satirical blog “Stuff White People Like.”
Whoops. It is on it.
I’d be curious what Peculiar, who has spent some time on this scene, has to say.
Oh and, re food– Mike, I’ll have more to say soon. Though I don’t use mushroom soup, I am no purist. Two things I will use but enhance: canned broth, and mac and cheese.