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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

New Morning Hosts Film and Reception Spotlighting Rare Crops

Mar 03, 2018 01:29AM

Ever heard of the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin? Bootleggers corn? Hank’s X-Tra Special Baking Bean? On March 3, join the organic food and farming community at New Morning Market in Woodbury for a rare bean reception at 5pm, followed by a discussion and film screening of Deeply Rooted at 6pm.

CT NOFA’s Executive Director Jeff Cordulack and Slow Food Metro North’s chairperson, Donna Simons, will introduce the film, discuss Slow Food’s mission and the Slow Food Ark of Taste, a growing catalogue of rare foods and species that were almost forgotten. Guests will learn about these nearly lost foods and sample a few dishes made with them before the film. 

  For nearly four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage—the seeds and stories—of a small, farming culture in Southeastern Louisiana. Nominated for two 2017 Suncoast Emmy Awards, Deeply Rooted (LPB.org/DeeplyRooted) chronicles how Coykendall has tracked down and safeguarded rare and heirloom varieties of crops from the region and safely returned them to the descendants of farmers who described them to him decades earlier. His specialty is hundreds of bean varieties.

Light refreshments will be available thanks to New Morning Market; BYOB is welcome. The suggested donation for this mini-fundraising event is $10-$50 per person. An opportunity to make additional donations and new memberships will be available at the event.

Reservations can be made at 203-308-2584, [email protected] or CTNOFA.org. To invite friends via Facebook, visit Facebook.com/Events/1435896623202660. Location: New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. See ad, page 27.