Thank you so much for all of your well wishes last week in regards to the chicken battle. The ordinance meeting went very well, and I delivered my speech despite my nerves. The council was very receptive and asked only for a few more specifications to the language of the ordinance, and it will go back to vote tonight. So keep those fingers crossed. Once it passes the ordinance committee, it will then have to pass two votes in the city council...but I have to be honest...it looks very promising!
However, the day after the meeting, The Providence Journal ran another article on our chicken crusade, with a big picture of me (looking super serious!), and once I read the comments, I thought about going into the witness protection program. People are so vicious, uneducated and hateful when it comes to this subject...it's really quite bizarre. Luckily, no opposition bothered to show up at the meeting!
We did manage to escape this weekend without entering witness protection...I was covering a few markets on Cape Cod. We stayed with friends, and knowing my interest in all things local food related, they took us out to the bay to show us how oysters and clams are farmed.
It was fascinating to hear about the seeding process and how the oysters spend the winter hibernating in root cellars when the bay ices over. It's one of those things you just don't think about...where did that oyster on your plate come from? Who ventured out into the waters to retrieve your dinner?
As I write this book, and meet a wide variety of farmers, my respect for their work continues to increase. The dedication, perseverance, creativity and flexibility that it takes to be a farmer is simply mind boggling.
Because our friends happened to be friends with the oyster farmer, Jimmy, he let us take home fresh oysters for dinner that night (none for me, of course). I think my husband ate about 2 dozen! I hope your weekend was just as delicious!