Hope everyone has had a good week. It was busy, but otherwise uneventful here in the desert of Northwest Arizona. Finally, the cold spell has broken and our daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s to low 70s again. Not a sign of rain in the forecast here, so our hopes of a special Spring wildflower season are diminishing. More rain, please!
Here are some links for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy.
Here’s some of the latest links of interest that I’ve encountered:
Excellent article on how to build solar drying table (African raised beds) (Perfect Daily Grind)
Raised bed coffee drying allows better airflow & even drying, plus reduces insect damage.
A new world coffee tasting map (CoffeeTalk)
For the world traveler.
But don’t worry just yet…
Chicago Peeps, check this out.
If we don’t eat it, it goes into the garden.
Helping coffee growers everywhere.
Haiti needs a helping hand, here’s how.
Cool little guide…
Cortez Coffee Roasters in Tempe, Arizona will host a Street Market with food trucks, a raffle for a home espresso machine, and local artists will exhibit. Of course, there will be delicious coffee, tea, and fresh roasted cocoa (yum!) for your perusal. Next Saturday, October 29th. Proceeds benefit Special Needs Kids. Please stop by and enjoy the festivities!
Here’s a few links for your perusal:
Organic food standards have raised not only the quality of many common foods, but perhaps even more importantly raised consciousness about what we consume. Some wonder what is the next level? It’s here and it’s biodynamic.
A recent article in a popular health magazine touches on the subject of biodynamic agricultural methods which have been around for over 90 years, but only more recently have begun to attract a following of health seeking individuals.
(We’re proud to offer Biodynamic Certified Coffee from Chacra D’dago in Peru. (See below.)
What’s After Organic? The Rise of Biodynamic Farming
Free from synthetic pesticides and chemical herbicides. Non-genetically engineered seeds. No industrial solvents. These attributes are hallmarks of USDA Organic, the strict, government-regulated label that determines how foods ranging from produce to dairy to meats are grown, raised and managed.
Chances are, a large percentage of foods you buy in your natural products retailer are organic—and for good reason. A 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that participants who usually ate organic foods had lower levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine than people who never ate organic foods. Plus, organic farming practices can mitigate climate change effects by reducing—and even capturing—carbon emissions from the atmosphere and storing them in the soil. Read more
Mistura 2015, Peru’s world renowned gastronomy fair is now in full swing, featuring exhibitions of artisan works, educational sessions, and of course wonderful Peruvian fruits, vegetables, and every kind of cuisine imaginable. If that’s not enough, there are traditional dance groups, musical events, and even food trucks!
This event is the eighth year, and is being presented oceanside in the Costa del Sol park below Magdalena del Mar. It’s the second largest foodie fair in the world, and attendees come from all over the globe to sample award winning plates, and the best of Peru.
We stopped in to check it out:
Peru continues to make culinary news around the world. Here’s the latest :
Via : Peru this Week
Chelsea Market of New York is opening its doors to Peruvian flavors and fashion.
Peru Show is hosting seven days of Peruvian fashion, cuisine and cocktails in Chelsea Market, New York, from July 27 until Aug. 2. Chelsea Market is an enclosed urban food market, located in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan, New York. And its about to be transformed into a haven for fanatics of everything that is Peruvian.
This past weekend, we journeyed to Chanchamayo for the first of a series of workshops to promote good harvest and post harvest techniques with the local coffee growers. We met with representatives from Edegel, non profit AVSI, and Tostaduria Bisetti of Lima. We also had the good fortune to be accompanied by world renowned food critic & prolific author Ignacio Medina. Ignacio is well known for his discerning palate and is an expert on Latin American cuisine . Read more
Here’s an update on some recent articles that I’ve seen on farming & coffee production in Peru. This year Peru is slowly climbing back from the coffee rust which decimated production in 2012. Even last year, coffee production was still less than half of 2011.
The dollar has risen considerable vs the Peruvian Sol (currently S./ 3.14 to $1 USD.) Export prices are down, so there should be a good market, but with coffee prices low, it will be a hard year for many & difficult to cover costs.
In the farming country in the south of the country there have been clashes between police and protesters over a proposed copper mine, meanwhile the government is providing fertilizer and aid in other areas.