January 22, 2012

Biodynamic Weekend

Hanging Bicycle

I spent last weekend in San Francisco, visiting my sister, eating good food, drinking great wine and enjoying a little milder weather, before spending the week working in San Jose. One of the things I love about San Francisco is the enthusiasm and dedication to micro-trends from design to food.

Everyday I was in SF, I saw people waiting in line for bread. The bread line went around the block and started forming hours before the bakery opened. Now, these were not people desperate for a little nourishment, this was a line of trendy youngsters waiting outside the french bakery, Tartine. How could bread be worth it? I didn’t brave the line, so I can’t say, though this video is persuasive: http://www.tartinebread.com/

Besides bread I learned a new food concept, biodynamic. As best I understand, it is half the science of extreme sustainability and half a kind of earth religion. Reading the website, it actually started in the 1920s but seems to be gaining popularity recently. I’m sure I’ll be hearing and learning more about it, as their national conference this year is here in Madison. Whatever it may be, it sure produced some wonderful California wines.

Finally, I visited the garden center, Flora Grubb, whose photos had inspired me to start a new succulent arrangement and where I captured the planted bicycle pictured above. The store was every bit as inspiring as the photos had me believe. It made me long to live in a climate where I could grow giant cactus, palms and waxy leafed beauties.

I couldn’t have asked for a better mini-vacation, or as some call it, weekend. Thank you to my lovely hostess.


  1. I like your summary of biodynamics. It was founded by Rudolf Steiner, who was…Austrian. Biodynamics is pretty big in the organic scene over here. I just spent a week (as a guest) at a Tuscan biodynamic farm that produces wine and olive oil. I’m not sure if Demeter is known in the States – it’s a German label certifying biodynamic products.

    Comment by M. — January 23, 2012 @ 3:29 am

  2. How can such a small country have so much influence? :-) I haven’t heard of Demeter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t available in the states. As I learned more about biodynamcis last week, I thought of you, and your experiment planting veggies with the phases of the moon.

    Comment by Marijka — January 23, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  3. It was so much fun having you here! Hope you can come visit again soon so we can actually sample that Tartine bread.

    Comment by Arielle — January 28, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

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