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The Perennial Plate: Adventurous and Sustainable Eating in Minnesota

We only recently discovered Daniel Klein’s casual, yet powerful documentary series, and we’re busy catching up on episodes.

The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.  The episodes follow the culinary, agricultural and hunting explorations of chef and activist, Daniel Klein.  Taking place over a calendar year in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as the surrounding food source destinations, Daniel takes the viewer on a journey to appreciate and understand where good food comes from and how to enjoy it.  Recipes, politics, long winters,  urban gardens, ice fishing, blood, hunting and guts… all line the path to the perennial plate.

There are bucolic organic farm visits where a fresh-faced, cheerfully weary young farmer lists the many obstacles to becoming a profitable farming operation: “In 10 years… if Adam and I are still making less than $20,000 a year – together – we won’t be farming anymore.”

The Perennial Plate Episode 15: Farm to Market from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

Klein uses lively music and easy conversation to introduce us to wiggling bunny noses, and the farmer who teaches us the proper way to kill and dress that animal for market.

The Perennial Plate Episode 44: Bunnies – Part one: The Farm from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

This is the larger story of our food, and we’re hooked. For more videos, visit http://theperennialplate.com/

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4 Responses to “The Perennial Plate: Adventurous and Sustainable Eating in Minnesota”

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  2. That’s so funny, I just found out about the Perennial Plate yesterday and came to HOMEGROWN to talk about it today! The videos are so great, I signed up for a basic Vimeo account so I can stay tuned in to all the fun.

    Posted a link to the rabbit farm video yesterday, along with a link to photos of our own meat rabbits and another recent NY Times article about urban chickens that really put a smile on my face:

    http://www.baltimorediy.org/2011/02/backyard-livestock-links.html

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  4. Great article. I am dealing with some of these issues as
    well..

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