Terra Madre Day is a worldwide celebration of local food. People around the globe are planning events and observances. The day can be celebrated in endless numbers of ways, from small gatherings to large events. According to the Terra Madre website, a celebratory picnic or dinner, a film screening to raise the profile of good, clean and fair food, a visit to a local farm, food tastings, a local gathering of producers, cooks, youth and others are just a few ways to observe the day.
I realize December 10 is next week. If you are part of a group or organization that has plans for a large celebration, enjoy sharing the Terra Madre message with others! If Terra Madre Day is new to you, then you may want to start simply. One of the best ways I can think of is to buy food from a local farmer and plan a delicious meal for your family. There are numerous farmers markets across the state. You also can find North Carolina farm products at www.piedmontlocalfood.com or www.gottobenc.com.
With the holidays upon us, December 10 would be a good day to order food gifts. Who doesn’t love something that’s consumable without adding clutter to the house? See our blog from November 16 for some food gift ideas to get you started.
In 2008, I was honored to be one of several North Carolina delegates to the Terra Madre Conference in Italy. Terra Madre (Mother Earth) is a project of Slow Food International (opposite of fast food). The Terra Madre network works to create an alternative model of food production and consumption, in line with Slow Food’s philosophy of good, clean and fair: good for our palate, clean for humans, animals and the environment, and fair for producers and consumers. This global project unites food communities from 160 countries who share a vision for food production rooted in local economies and with respect for the environment, traditional knowledge, biological diversity and taste.
As the Terra Madre Day website states, “whether it is creating school gardens or producing honey, safeguarding indigenous food varieties or creating new local markets, the daily work of the network’s small-scale farmers, fishers, breeders and artisan producers, as well as cooks, educators and youth are political acts for a better food future.”
You can find more ideas about December 10, Terra Madre Day, at their website. It also includes an organizers kit, posters and other materials and a list of Terra Madre communities near you.
By Leah Chester-Davis, Program Coordinator, The Produce Lady Program