In its letter the Steering Committee of Friends of the GB Libraries write: “Cutting the very programs that enrich Great Barrington and attract positive attention to our town is no way to encourage growth.”
Over 50 local cultured vendors are slated for this year, including many new ones such as NYrture Food talking about natto (fermented soybeans) and Maple Valley Creamery making special batches of cultured ice creams for the fest (including pickle ice cream!).
Fermentation is an ancient strategy for food preservation, and brings health benefits and unique flavors. Many fermented foods are so common, they aren’t described as such. Think bread, yogurt, beer, even cheese.
Since joining the Generosity Economy, I’ve been spending less money — especially on food and clothing. But I’ve also changed the way I approach purchasing things in general. I think longer before simply buying something new, asking myself, Do I really need this thing? How much is it worth to me? Is this something my community can provide?