SIFF Review: Good Food

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SIFF creative director Carl Spence with Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin at the world premiere of their film, Good Food at the Egyptian last night. Photo courtesy SIFF.

Do you eat?
If so, do you know where your food comes from?
Good Food is a new documentary that spotlights a wide variety of Washington and Oregon’s local farms. Now I’m a locavore. I blog about cooking and eating local regularly [E] and [CL]. If you’ve been following my occasional Meet Your Local Farmers Market Vendors series, you’ve even met a number of the stars of this film! If you shop at the farmers markets, you might even be IN the film!

Eating local isn’t always easy. You need to get yourself to a farmers market or join a CSA (or both). You need to be willing to pay a little more for your food. You might even need to get up early and stand in line for some of your favorite products. But the reward you get is definitely worth the sacrifice. A farmers market carrot at the height of ripeness is easily ten times more flavorful than a conventionally grown carrot. It’s also better for you.

Good Food visits a number of local farms in Washington and Oregon. Some of the farms shown are Skagit River Ranch, Bluebird Grain Farms, Billy’s Organic Produce, Alvarez Farms, and Alm Hill Gardens. These are the same farmers I see every week at the markets and I’ve even been to some of their farms.

I can’t recommend this movie enough. The movie doesn’t talk down to the audience. It isn’t overly political, or overly alarmist. It simply presents a variety of farmers and lets them talk about what they love to do – grow organic food for as many people as they can. One of the farmers, Eiko Vojkovich, says she only sells food that she would feed to her daughter (both are frequently found at their booth at the University District or Ballard farmers markets). Brooke and Sam Lucy, of Bluebird Grain Farms, show off a bit of their milling process and talk about the crop rotation they use on their land. Gretchen Hoyt and Ben Craft, from Alm Hill Gardens, talk about the wonderful workers they have, and how greenhouses have let them grow more for longer (they only have a month or so during the winter when they don’t pick something).

The content of the movie was definitely well worth the admission fee. However, technically, there were a few things that could have been done better. The sound was a bit unrefined in sections (alternatively too loud and then too soft). Some of the editing could have been a tad bit smoother. My husband pointed out that he would have loved to see local bands from the markets providing the music. I agree. I would have also been interested to hear perspectives from some of the people who shop at the market.

I highly recommend this movie. Luckily for you, it’s playing again this Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema.

3 Comments so far

  1. josh on June 5th, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

    the only "bad" part of this movie was how guilty it made me feel about my usual eating habits.

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