I didn’t meet all of my foodie-related goals for 2009, but it’s the pursuit that counts, right? Regardless, it was a great year for oklavorism. I’m pleased and grateful for all the great food and experiences. I organized my recipes, installed a garden (and then promptly moved before enjoying its bounty), and distilled data showing Oklahoma is the leader in direct-farm sales growth. I encountered a piglet (and learned they are quite loud and disinterested in cuddling), volunteered at a co-op delivery day, spent a glorious birthday at The Living Kitchen, worked at a CSA, visited the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market in Tulsa, made marshmallows, attended a bread-baking class, and canned pickles, strawberry jam, and apple preserves. I also learned some lessons: I shirked my due diligence and now have a freezer full of chicken reminding me that if something is too good to be true, it usually is.
This year I’d really like to make the tomato paste happen and I want to read Omnivore’s Dilemma and Salatin’s Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal. I can’t wait to get a garden and fruit trees planted at our new house in the city.
I feel especially optimistic about 2010—sort of like I’m emerging from a fog. Things seem clearer and full of promise, more so than new years past. I hope to have less chaos in my life and head so that I can be a better listener and more mindful in my daily round.
How do you feel about your 2009 goals? Anything in particular you’re focusing on for 2010? Please share.