Tea is celebrating her 1-year blog anniversary. And we're glad she's a part of the community!
365 days later it still is sheer delight, though I sometimes struggle to find the time I want for it. This is the most enjoyable writing I do, by a long shot, and the impact this blog has had on my life continues to astound me. It is definitely one of the best things of the past year for me.
Anita looks back on her 2006 resolutions and evaluates whether she kept them. She was successful with her vow to eat more food that is traceable to its source:
I spent as many Saturday mornings as logistically possible at various farmers markets, and I can honestly say that I could count all of our 2006 trips to Safeway on one hand. We turned to Whole Foods and Tower Market for any needs that couldn’t be managed at the Ferry Building.
The experience was, frankly, eye-opening: We've developed relationships with farmers, gotten a much better feel for the rhythm of seasonal crops, and enjoyed observing that -- although better food does, often, cost more -- we're more satisfied with a smaller quantity of good things as we used to be with an abundance of mediocre stuff.
I'm sure the folks there thought I was crazy for taking pictures of bowls of rice but there they were like bulk bins at a supermarket but all rice, maybe 15 different kinds of white rice. It is truly a different and fascinating world.
Artisan and local offerings. Interest will continue to grow in farmers markets, locally sourced food, grass-fed beef, as well as artisan offerings. Farmers' markets will expand to fill the desire for fresh foods. Artisanal offerings will boom among specialty-food fans, but some offerings may be too niche-y to thrive, and some fields too crowded -- cheeses for example -- for their own good, in the event of another economic downturn.