By Dawn Woodward, Producer delegate, with Edmund Rek
Ed and I were able to bring over 100 packages of our red fife based cookies and crackers. We sampled and sold our products to a very enthusiastic audience. The cocoa nibs were the favorite, though the seedy crackers and lavender shortbread were also snapped up.
I don’t know if I can quite describe the buzz of Terre Madre. To be surrounded by so many other artisans, fisherfolk, small farmers, vintners and brewers from around the globe showcasing their products was a once in a lifetime experience. We met Lewis, a young Scottish brewer (easy to spot, as he was the only one in a kilt) and traded our shortbread for his barley beer. Over many samples of all his incredible brews we heard about his Black Isle brewery, the only all-organic brewery in Scotland that grows their own grains, with an emphasis on barley.
We enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Andrew Whitely, of Bread Matters UK, about rye sourdoughs. We talked about how much “real” homemade bread should be the norm, and shared our enthusiasm for the importance of heritage wheats.
Ed befriended the young Austrian behind the pastry counter, where we ate freshly baked strudel and hazelnut croissants every morning. All of these connections have given me hope about the future of our business and local food systems.