|The big event. (Photo credit: Marc Fiorito)|
Real Pickles’ Dan was selected to speak for the pickle category (you can read his speech here). He was a little (very) nervous but found out when he sat down with his fellow winner-speakers that he wasn't alone. He really appreciated the opportunity to talk in the ceremony about the idea of building regional food systems, since that's a big part of why Real Pickles got started, and it's an effort that many other winners are involved in, as well.
|The sandwich. (Photo credit: Lisa Scott Owen.)|
The next morning, we headed back to the Ferry Building for the GFA Marketplace and the regular Saturday farmers market. The Marketplace was a great chance to taste some of the winning products we'd missed the night before and meet some more winning producers. We got a chance to try a yogurt cheese from Sonoma County, which was wondrous. Someone in the Northeast needs to study with Saint Benoit and get some tips. We also enjoyed meeting some folks from Colorado and tasting their Avalanche goat cheese - yum. Moving on to the regular SF farmers market, we were heartily impressed. Talk about a regional food system! This endless farmers market is brimming with regional foods. Clearly, California has a certain climate advantage over 4-season New England for produce - but there was still plenty to be inspired by in terms of implications for our own food system back home: veggies, dairy, seafood, charcuterie... and a proud showing of lacto-ferments! We got to taste astonishing horseradish-leek kraut from Farmhouse Culture, as well as pick up a bottle of refreshing kimchi juice from Happy Girl Kitchen. It was great to see a farmers market supporting two bustling pickle booths (both GFA winners, I might add).
|The kraut section at Rainbow Grocery!|
|The pickle posse.|