Sometimes a film, a book, a person, a song or an idea comes along that touches you somewhere deep inside. If you ever get the chance, see the documentary "Ripe for Change" which chronicles the various forces at play in our California food system for the past thirty years. This segment is one of a four part series that was first shown on PBS.
A trailer of the film is available. In it you will see David Mas Masumoto, a Central Valley peach farmer, and Will Scott, the president of the African American Small Farmers Association. The film can change the way you think about protecting our land for our children and their children.
Meanwhile, back in the seasonal kitchen I was faced with a large bunch of kale. I had never even heard of it growing up in Detroit well more than a half century ago. Combined with Fuji apples and a sweet onion from our local farmers' market, it was a sweet yet hearty side dish all the more satisfying because it was a brand new discovery (for me). Try it. It's easy and full of flavor.