The state's strong role in Slow Food Ark of Taste was clear when South Carolina chapter leaders met December 9 in Charleston to share ideas, hear from Slow Food USA leaders--and enjoy an incredible lunch featuring Ark of Taste ingredients grown in Low Country.
During lunch, Ark of Taste national committee member David Shields first detailed the effort to revive production of Sapelo Island Purple Ribbon Sugar Cane syrup, a process that started with an eBay discovery. You can read his account here. Dr. Shields also brought a bottle of the cane syrup and passed it around for tasting.
Next, he moderated a discussion by a panel that included High Wire Distilling founder Ann Marshall, Geechie Boy Mill farmer Greg Johnsman, and Slow Food Columbia board member, farmer Nat Bradford. They talked about the challenges of growing heirloom ingredients and the rewards--including flavors and nutritional value not found in commerically-grown foods.
To learn more about their work, you can check out:
This video with Nat Bradford, as he talks about growing his largest crop ever of Bradford family collards.
This story from Southern Foodways Alliance about High Wire Distillery and how Ark of Taste ingredients bring unexpected terroir to their spirits.