Come celebrate autumn’s harvest time and our Hayfork Farmers’ Market with the Hayfork Cooperative on Tuesday October 21, 7-9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse on 7091 main Street, Hayfork. Despite the terrible drought many of us have produce to “put up” thanks to our own gardening efforts and/or to the new and improved Hayfork Farmers’ Market. Under the able direction of Amanda Macon and in combination with the Summer in the Park, managed by Charlene Dunaetz, the market is expanded and now includes live, local music and other attractions. But like the animal and plant world it is taking its wintertime rest. So with the close of the 2014 growing season Hayfork Cooperative will be honoring this fine contribution to our community with special presentations by a few of the Market’s merchants.
One of them, Amy Davis points out that
what we eat is directly linked to how we feel and function! Focusing on eating superfoods, nuts, seeds, organic fresh fruits and vegetables in their raw state has proven through the ages to be highly beneficial. This workshop will go over basic raw food cuisine preparation (tools, techniques, recipes), feature 4 superfoods, and provide a resource list to take home.
A question and answer opportunity will follow.
Melanie Thibodeaux with her Demeter Home Baking enterprise will speak briefly. She makes wholesome sourdough and briochel breads, and cookies. Other Farmers’ Market Merchants will also make brief presentations about their products and market experiences.
Have you ever wondered about the people who lived here for hundreds if not thousands of years before Europeans and their descendants came to Hayfork Valley and the surrounding region? These were the people of the Wintu nation. They were the ancestors of many people still living here. Some of them have established the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council of Northern California to preserve the cultural ways and wisdom of their past, while also respecting the ways of others. Another important mission of theirs is to protect and preserve ancient sacred sites here. They have also helped revive the Acorn Ceremony and the Harvest Ceremony previously celebrated here for eons.
Three members of this Council have graciously agreed to come to our next Hayfork Cooperative meeting on Tuesday January 21, from 7-9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse in Hayfork to share some of their cultural knowledge and some details of how life was lived here. Hayfork resident Tammy Russell will lead off with this, and include a traditional story or two, as well as demonstrate one of the many games they played. She will be joined by Tracy Foster-Olstad who will also touch on the monitoring of sacred and cultural sites she has been conducting. We will then be blessed by David Hayward singing traditional songs accompanied by drummers.
Following all of this Tammy. Stacy and David will open to questions and answers, and contributions from others. We hope you can join us to learn more about the people who lived on this land before we came to dwell here, and how some of their descendants are seeking to preserve their wisdom, respect for, and relationship with this place.