What a difference a week makes
What a difference a week makes! Two weeks ago we were invited to be part of a promotional video highlighting Berkshire food producers that will be screened at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. The production team descended on our little factory with lights, cameras and lots of action. The day ended with an al fresco farm-to-table feast at Hancock Shaker Village prepared by Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.
Two days later I boarded a plane for South Dakota. After a five hour bus ride I arrived in the town of Laplant on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Along with a group of volunteers I spent the week pouring concrete, working on new housing and in the garden. Perhaps most rewarding was kids camp, every day for a few hours kids had a safe space to just be kids.
The abundance that so many of us enjoy in our lives doesn’t exist on the Rez. Beautiful landscape belies the harsh weather and limited opportunities for people to thrive. Residents have to travel long distances just to get to a Walmart for fresh produce and supplies. They receive staples from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, but much of what they receive is out of date and in some cases inedible. The list of indignities is too long for our little newsletter. If you would like to know more visit www.simplysmiles.org
Our goal here at BOLA granola has always been to feed people the best food we can, something healthy, nourishing and of course delicious. As fun as it is being part of the growing movement towards healthy eating, what we saw on the Reservation reminds us of how far we have to go to share the bounty. Wishing everyone a long, happy summer full of family fun and celebrations. Don’t forget to bring your BOLA granola along…and send us pictures!