|My tiny 6" painting on hood of my car where I painted with Art on the Farm|
I just updated the blog for the Art on the Farm group, and thought I would share a little more about my most recent paint out. We had a terrific day out at the Murch Family farm in Bolinas, "Gospel Flat Farm". This is the iconic, Marin Farm Stand that you see on the entrance to Bolinas, which is open 24 hours and sometimes sells fresh bread. What an amazing part of Marin, and how lucky we are to have young, dedicated family farmers.
If you haven't been to Bolinas or met Mickey Murch and his family, you need to get out there and share the joy that this family farm provides so many locals and tourists. At the end of our biggest painting day all season, I went to purchase my produce from the farm stand and Mickey was just placing jars with bouquets of giant zucchini blossoms out on the table. Mickey told me that he loved getting to take the kids from a local camp out to gather eggs from his farm, and then pick the squash blossoms and return to their mobile kitchen right behind the farm stand, and cook the blossoms and eggs with the kids. Mickey told the story with such joy and you could sense the pride of ownership and love of teaching kids about his job.
I bought two jars of blossoms and brought them home to stuff with ricotta cheese, fresh basil and bread in egg, flour and fry in olive oil and garlic. A family recipe from my Italian heritage and grandparents in Connecticut, my meal was memory-laden, gathered locally, connected to art, education and joy, absolutely delicious, and.... priceless.
Click here to view more photos of the paint out and read the blog at Art on the Farm