We were able to participate
in the trade show or market part of the Salone and there
were amazing foods from everywhere. At first, it was a
bit overwhelming the sheer volume. There were hundreds of
food specialists in attendance. The Presidia products were
highlighted throughout the show Bario rice,
yak cheese, pear cider, etc... The space was always packed
with people and many world leaders even attended Prince
Charles and Gorbachev to name a few. In the kitchen area
they were sampling regional foods and I was able to grab
a taste of the Leonforte peach sorbet which was excellent.
Due to the Terra Madre conference and our schedule, we
were unable to participate in the Taste Workshops or the
Dinner Dates. They sounded fantastic and made me think
that one day it would be wonderful to attend this part
of the Salone.
Terra Madre October 2004
It is very hard to summarize this experience.
It was such an amazing gathering of people from around the
world. It was so much work to organize and implement such
a gathering and we were treated so well. There were so many
leaders in so many areas. So many people had a chance to
share so many ideas. There is such passion and concern in
this food community. I have certainly never been in such
company and it was a great honor to be a part of this event.
For our farm, we are quite small in the spectrum of this
gathering but it was a wonderful confirmation of our practices
and we certainly gained insight and new ideas into ways we
can improve. It certainly provided a global perspective.
We are growing all our fruit organically which we will not
change, we are organizing a thoughtful agro-eco management
system throughout our orchard which we will continually monitor
and adjust, we are working to develop the appropriate marketing
and product mix to maximize the productivity of our produce,
and we are figuring out ways to involve the community in
our little slice of the Dry Creek Valley. So although we
are very small, we are doing our best to improve our farming
practices and share it within our community.
Brian and Gayle
Dry Creek Peach & Produce