It’s been a busy busy week!
Seven days ago, I started off up a murky old Malahat
to spend the day taking tickets at lovely Fairburn Farm,
home of Vancouver Island’s famous herd of water buffalo,
where Mara Jernigan
and her team presided over a Stinging Nettle Festival.
Farmer John Ehrlich, of Alderlea Farm, talked about the biodynamic farming uses
while Katy Ehrlich talked about medicinal and nutritional aspects of stinging nettles.
Mara gave a demonstration on the making of nettle spanakopita.
Nettle tea was on offer
You could have nettle pesto (and extremely local buffalo mozzarella) on your pizza
or a flowery bowl of nettle soup
or a piece of nettle tart
and end, if you wished, on a piece of rhubarb tart.
Much of the rest of the week was taken up with food preparation and planning for a one-off catering event. On Thursday, Dayle and I celebrated Earth Day and the new municipal cosmetic pesticide ban by providing a pesticide-free lunch to 100 people at Saanich City Hall. We had musical accompaniment
and a good-ish crowd who milled and ate over the lunch hour, checking out the pesticide alternatives information and talking to stall-holders like Glendale Gardens. I was very happy to be able to give a resounding NO to the person who came by to ask if the food being served would be hamburgers?
With the help of Dayle’s versatile farmer Jordan, we served cauliflower-lime soup with cumin,
raw almond-carrot pâté wraps (wrapped in kale, collard or chard leaves)