This past Labor Day weekend, roughly 60,000 people attended the first Slow Food Nation festival in San Francisco.   During the festival, visitors tasted farm-fresh produce, sampled biodynamic wines, learned how bread is made, and briefly returned to a time when people made their food from scratch. 


The Slow Food movement was begun by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 as a response to fast food chains which were forcing smaller, mom-and-pop restaurants out of the marketplace.  The Slow Food movement promotes fair trade, sustainable farming practices which do not harm the environment and preserving and celebrating traditional foods.  There are currently Slow Food organizations in 131 countries.


“So, how does that concern me as a patron of Dublin Library?” you may ask.  Well, Dublin Reads is currently reading the book Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto, which is the story of one farmer’s efforts to save the Sun Crest peach, a delicious peach which has the disadvantage of having a relatively short shelf life.  Once people taste a Sun Crest peach, they love it, but how do you get stores to stock a peach which must be sold in a relatively short time after it is picked? 



Author David Mas Masumoto will be discussing his book and his life on a family farm in the San Joaquin Valley on Monday, October 13th, at 7 p.m. in the Library Program Room.    


On his webpage, Mr. Masumoto informs his readers that Sun Crest peaches can be found at Whole Foods and other outlets with organic produce in the San Francisco Bay Area, and at Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Bowl in Berkeley.



In addition, Dublin Reads programming will include a film showing of The Real Dirt on Farmer John on September 25th, and presenting actress Lilith Rogers as Rachel Carson Returns, on October 23rd.  Ms. Rogers tells Rachel Carson’s story in the first person, reading from her books, speeches and letters, and answering questions from the audience.  I originally saw Ms. Roger’s show at a senior potluck and meeting one month ago and heartily recommend that you see her.