Thursday, June 5, 2008

Good food, onscreen and off

Last night we went to see Good Food, a documentary about organic family farming in the Pacific Northwest and a local entry in the Seattle International Film Festival. The filmmakers travelled around Washington and Oregon, exploring the social and economic benefits of organic, local food production. We enjoyed seeing some of our favorite purveyors on the big screen, including a few (like Alvarez Farms and Tiny’s Organics) that sell at the Wallingford Farmers Market.

Essential Baking Company is the main sponsor of the film and passed out cookies and 25% off coupons to the huge line of ticketholders waiting outside. After the film there was a brief Q & A with the directors and several of the farmers.

Good Food is showing again on Saturday at SIFF Cinema in McCaw Hall; the directors and some of the farmers from the film will be in attendance. Tickets are available at the SIFF website.

In case you still haven’t made it to the Wallingford Farmers Market, allow me to tempt you with a few of the goodies we picked up this week: kalamata olive & herb bread from Tall Grass Bakery; Old Gouda cheese from Golden Glen Creamery; fresh roasted peanuts and sugar snap peas from Alvarez Farms; and a huge bouquet of orange poppies for only $7.00. We also ran into Dustin from Art of the Table who just wrapped up a month of cooking demos at the market; he’s celebrating the restaurant’s one-year anniversary this weekend (Thursday reservations still available). If you’ve been putting off your trip to the market, stop procrastinating – those snap peas won’t be around much longer.

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