Monday, February 09, 2009

Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr makes Beet Salad Hippy-style



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3V-88kinMM

In this segment from Organic Living TV with the Hippy Gourmet, we meet up with the world famous TV cooking show legend Graham Kerr (AKA the Galloping Gourmet)! We visit Mother Flight Organic Farm in Washington State and pick fresh beets to prepare a wonderful warm Beet Salad! We're so honored to have Graham Kerr guest host this episode of our TV series, especially as we all grew up watching his cooking shows on PBS and he was one of the main inspirations for us to create The Hippy Gourmet TV series!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Prince Charles on the side of Organic, Bio-dynamic farming!


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/08/12/eacharles112.xml

In this insightful article from the Telegraph in the United Kingdom, writer Jeff Randall interviews Prince Charles on the topic of sustainable farming practices. We've known for a long time that the Prince of Whales was a big supporter of family farms and artisan producers of high-quality foods, but we didn't realize the full extent of his passion in supporting bio-diversity and maintaining strict standards on organic, bio-dynamic practices.

"What we should be talking about is food security not food production - that is what matters and that is what people will not understand..." Prince Charles stated in his interview referring to large corporate farming concerns taking over around the world, he continues, "Small farmers, in particular, would be the victims of "gigantic corporations" taking over the mass production of food. "If they think this is the way to go....we [will] end up with millions of small farmers all over the world being driven off their land into unsustainable, unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional conurbations of unmentionable awfulness."

Prince Charles is more than a powerful voice, cutting through the hype and lies of GM (genetically modified) agriculture, speaking the truth the world needs to hear - rather, he is a man of action, pursuing his ideals locally by supporting family farms, fisheries, bakeries and food producers.

By helping to establish the "North Highland Initiative" which as their website states "aims to promote the economic development of the North Highlands of Scotland. One of the aims of the Prince's Initiative is to foster closer connections between farmers, fine food producers, and consumers." Thus the "Mey Selections" brand was born, creating a true value proposition for local producers to band together under this flagship moniker, establishing greater value for their products, reinvigorating the local economy and promoting enthusiastic culinary tourism!

http://www.mey-selections.com/02_about.html

Prince Charles visited Marin, California a couple of years ago and took a tour of local family farms, we unfortunately missed his visit as we were on the road filming episodes of our Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet TV series, but his presence was deeply felt throughout the area, as is his lasting support for the good and positive efforts of those who strive each day to produce healthy, delicious, life-sustaining foods for families around the world.

Peace, Love and Cheers!

Your Hippy Gourmet family

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza from Fairburn Farm, Vancouver Island, BC

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Wonderful Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza up at Fairburn Farm in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia!




Here we meet Chef and Proprietor Mara Jernigan who introduces us to Canada's only herd of Water Buffalo, right there on Fairburn Farm who make the most delicious Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese!
 
Besides managing this charming B&B in the heart of an organc farm, Mara also runs fantastic culinary tours of Italy!
 

Cooking with Mara Jernigan

For more information, please visit www.FairburnFarm.bc.ca
 
Peace, Love and Organics!
Your Hippy Gourmet Family

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bio-dynamic, organic farm visit on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

We are so blessed to be able to discover some of the true gems around our world, where the cultivation of organic ingredients are harvested by local communities - feeding families and grounding their joy in pure sustainability.

In this visit to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we meet the Ehrlich family at Alderlea Farm:



Katy Ehrlich takes us on a tour of how their small family farm feeds over 75 families in their local CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Then we meet up with John Ehrlich who uncovers some of the mysteries of bio-dynamic farming practices, as he digs up some buried treasure (cow horns filled with finely aged manure) in their fields.

Being on the farm means getting up early, and for this segment we were up at 4:30am filming John preparing the summer bio-dynamic stir. After an hour or so of hand mixing three gallons of water and mystical cow-horn silica powder together, swirling the water in one directional vortex to another...we were ready to hit the lush fields with this water mister.

The fascinating parts to bio-dynamics is that the air around the plants gets sprayed, versus the soil itself. But all mysticism aside, bio-dynamics does statistically work in producing higher yielding, better tasting fruits and vegetables!

Just goes to show how much there is to learn each and every day about where our food comes from, and how those who love the land and tend to it with care and passion, end up spreading this love to everyone who eats this produce!

For more information, please visit http://www.AlderleaFarm.com

Peace, Love and Bio-Dynamics!

Your Hippy Gourmet family!

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