Archive for February, 2009

Sustainable Agriculture Conference-February 21, 2009

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For eighteen years the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota has been holding conferences. On a nice Saturday in February, 450 people came to St. Olaf to listen to speakers, share ideas, and eat good food. Joel Salatin (from the famed Omnivore’s Dilemma) was the keynote speaker.  Jerry Ford from the Crow Wing River Chapter was a major worker-bee of the conference. He is the stinky creator of our wonderful Minnesota Garlic Festival. Next year’s sustainable ag conference is scheduled for February 20, 2010–place to be determined. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on great conversation and thoughts for a healthier world.


Jerry Ford, garlic festival organizer extraordinaire, and Susan (me) at the 18th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference in Northfield, MN.

Garlic tasting party-what else is there to do on Valentine’s Day?

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On Valentine’s Day we hosted a garlic tasting party. It really wasn’t because it was Valentine’s Day, more that it was the only Saturday available to have one. Eleven of us tasted four varieties: Northern White, Creole Red, Ajo Rojo, and Silver White. We started out with hummus, moved onto great home canned tomato sauce with pasta, delicious salad with dressing, alla tamen fillet of cod roll-ups, and topped it off with chocolate tofu pudding with garlic flavored whipped cream ( got it…garlic flavored whipped cream. To be honest, I was the only one who really liked it). Each food item was eaten four times with a variety represented in each food item.

We had adjectives describing the garlics’ tastes such as bitter, strong, tangy, zingy, mellow, zowie, raw and intense, piquant, good and warm, zip up of heat, most unique, mild, bland. Quite the crew for getting into the descriptions, huh? No one knew the varieties until after we were done eating.

The winner?? Drum roll please…..Ajo Rojo! It was a great evening of eating and laughing. My Valentine Randy’s and my favorite was Creole Red. We’ll do it again next year as we’ll have new varieties to taste. We really don’t need reasons to gather and eat garlic, do we?

Did I take food photos of the garlic tasting? too good.

Did I take food photos of the garlic food itself? too good.