Happy New Year!

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.

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6 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Tricia,

    I’m initimately familiar with the chicken of which you speak. Can we have a conversation about this? My phone is on the co-op website.

    Love the 2009 recap!

    nanc

    Cordero Farms
    Tryon, OK, USA

  2. Working on the schoolhouse. 2010 is to be the year of direct marketing. Prepare for chickens, eggs, beef, lamb, pork and shrimp.

    Yes, I said shrimp.

  3. We got so close with the pigs and the tree! I haven’t yet given up the dream that some pigs like to cuddle.
    In 2010 I just want more focus!

  4. I had something to comment but then I got some water and forgot. Your strawberry preserves were awesome! As were the canned peaches, even though I know they were a lot of work.
    I don’t have any goals this year except to “take away the bling” which is my way of saying, become focused on the real issues and not all the other stuff. If we could just get down to the core of things, it’s really very simple. The problem is that everything else is already so complicated unnecessarily. So, take away the bling.

  5. Happy New Year back at ya! Great round up for the year, love making jam myself, and love reading about your excellent foodie adventures.

    2010 holds a promise of outreach and education for me. I plan on furthering my “not just local, but CLEAN local food” vendetta. LOL I also plan to become more educated and research the origins of my food, to ensure that it is what it is supposed to be.

    Perception is a powerful thing, and when you picture a farm with the red barn, cattle grazing the fields, chickens running in the yard, pigs laying lazily in the shade it brings a more wholesome appeal to the food in which we eat.

    Unfortunately, when the farm turns out to look more like military barracks than a farm, it certainly sucks. When you read The Omnivores Dilemma, pay particular attention of Mr Pollans visit to Petaluma Poultry “free range” chicken farm. It is somewhere around page 170. Very enlightening.

    Keep up the good work young lady, your doin fine

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