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Happy Spring!

The rains have finally stopped, the sun has come out and the flowers are blooming! There's something about spring that beckons us to smile and feel hopeful, and we want to extend a heartfelt blessing to all of our fans for a happy season full of love, light and most of all peace!


The Real Dirt on Farmer John

The Hippy Gourmet is proud to announce an upcoming episode with John Peterson, featuring his film “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” and his companion cookbook “Farmer John’s Cookbook – The Real Dirt on Vegetables”

You can view a preview of the movie here.

This film represents one of the very best expressions of the life and times of a real family farm in America’s mid-west, and is told from such a warm perspective of innocence found, lost and regained! “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” is a film that truly captures the cycles of life and the real questions that drive our hopes and ambitions for creating a better world! John Peterson is a man who embodies a modern version of Dante Alighieri, walking his path from the enlightened days of the 1960’s, through the darkest days of the 1980’s, (where he witnessed first-hand what it was like to see the destruction of family farms across America), to a place of gleaming hope that highlights a reawakening to organic, sustainable, and community supported agriculture!

The Hippy Gourmet doesn’t normally do movie reviews, but when it comes to John Peterson and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” – this film is brilliant, thought-provoking and perfect for any family that wants to reconnect with each other and with the source of where a happy life comes from!

Sincerely, we’ve watched this film three times already, and we can’t remember another film in recent history that delivers such a warm experience each and every time you watch it! You can also check out more about John Peterson and his amazing CSA farm at

We’ll be featuring some recipes from the companion cookbook “Farmer John’s Cookbook – The Real Dirt on Vegetables,” (Gibbs Smith, Publisher isbn #: 1-4236- 0014-2) on our show that will also include an interview with John Peterson, coming up in June- so definitely stay tuned for this.

We’ll be highlighting John Peterson and his cookbooks, and we’ll also keep you posted on when the movie will be playing in your area, or when the DVD will be available through his site. In the meanwhile, don’t just take our word for it. See some of these other folks are saying about this:

“This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary... visionaries like Peterson are finding a way back to the land.” - Roger Ebert (3-1/2 stars out of 4)

“Unbelievably special. told with insight and humor.” - Al Gore

“A charming, wonderful and important movie.” - Alice Waters

By the way, you can catch a shorter version of the movie on PBS airing on June 13 (via the ‘Independent Lens’ series), so check your local PBS schedules for when and where this amazing film will be broadcast in your area.

Also, to all of our overseas fans, check out “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” which will be coming to your local movie theatres in Spain, Holland and Germany soon!


The Hippy Gourmet is crossing the border!

Coming this June, The Hippy Gourmet will be traveling to beautiful and scenic Vancouver, British Columbia and Victoria in Canada’s pristine northwest! We will be flying into Vancouver on Air Canada and will feature all of the organic, sustainable, aqua-healthy and delicious gourmet recipes as prepared by the local chefs on our tour!

As usual, will be including our full itinerary on every place we stay, visit, cook and dine, as well as highlight some of the very best eco-friendly, 5-star travel you’ve come to expect from The Hippy Gourmet TV Show!

Canada is a great country! And the people in British Columbia and the Vancouver area represent such a diverse population from around the world, so needless to say we’re all very excited to head up there and start our culinary explorations!


The The Hippy Gourmet Euro Tour 2005 episodes continue to roll out

We had a few minor set-backs to our post-production schedule in 2005, but we are totally back on track and almost complete with our ‘Great Spas of Italy’ series! We have some exciting new episodes coming out each week over the course of the next month, including romantic and stunningly gorgeous Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy, the great Spas of Tuscany, including Grotta Giusti, Bagni di Pisa and Fonteverde! You’re just not going to believe these incredible, healing locations! Then we round up the series with a return trip to Sardinia, featuring Forte Village and a tour of the island of Sardinia camping sites!

We’ve got some pretty awe-inspiring tours coming up later this summer and early Fall, including plans to take the Hippy Gourmet to Australia, New Zealand and beyond to Thailand and India!

As usual, you can find our series on your favorite local PBS station, your community public cable network, on Google Video and of course through your support of us by owning a piece of The Hippy Gourmet on DVD!

We’re also very excited about the future of our series as it begins to broadcast via satellite TV and digital cable in Europe and Asia (announcements to come later this year).


Political Note

We want to end this newsletter with a hope to another ending, end the war in Iraq. We want all of the soldiers from all of the countries to return home to their families and friends, and begin the process of global healing!

As a cooking show, we’ve primarily avoided subjects that relate to specific dates, or events, opting instead for the timeless nature of ‘peace, love and good eats.’

However, in the coming weeks and months ahead, and especially with the introduction of our Cookbook (where we’ll be getting a great deal of press and media attention), we feel the need to express our message of peace now!

The Hippy Gourmet TV Show will therefore be taking a much more proactive role in focusing necessary attention on the immediate and pressing issues of the day!

Thank you for your continued support and we always welcome your comments, suggestions and editorial pieces for our website and newsletter.

Darfur – Where is this place? What’s going on? Who’s dying, and what can be done?
A great resource for the history, geography and story from PBS Frontline!
The International Rescue Committee is a great organization that helps feed people!
Doctors Without Borders brings urgent medical care to those in need!

Iraq – We want an end to this war NOW! Here are 6 great links for learning more and getting involved in the peace movement!


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