ORIGINS: A Speaker Series
About This Show
ORIGINS: A Speaker Series aims to elevate the conversation about food, its origins and what we are doing with food and food systems on this planet. The focus for this series is the food of the mid-Atlantic region, centered around Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The series is held within the intimate confines of Artifact Coffee, one of the restaurants owned by Spike and Amy Gjerde and their partner, Corey Polyoka. Spike Gjerde recently received the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, becoming the first chef from Baltimore to ever win an award from the Foundation. Artifact is located at 1500 Union Avenue in Baltimore (artifactcoffee.com) . Their restaurants also include Woodberry Kitchen (woodberrykitchen.com) and Parts and Labor (partsandlabor.com), all of which are deeply and unwaveringly committed to the relationships they have with the growers, watermen, and producers of the Chesapeake region. We are here to create a community dialogue about local and responsible food systems, the economic impact of doing so, and how we grow, fish, cultivate and work with local ingredients in our day to day lives. The panels feature growers and producers from the Chesapeake region.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 14: A Look at Local Orchards & Fruit Trees
In this episode of ORIGINS, we take a look at local orchards, orchardists and a cider distillery.
Our first panelist is Ben Wenk , the seventh generation partner/manager at Three Springs Fruit Farm based in Aspers, Pennsylvania. Three Springs attends local farmers markets, sells wholesale, and makes Ploughman brand hard cider. The Wenk family's diversified farm grows a little bit of everything but specializes in apples and peaches.
Our next panelist is Rob Miller, who together with his wife Patricia Power own Distillery Lane Ciderworks. They planted their first apple trees 16 years ago with a planting of 1000 trees. They've been adding trees ever since then and now have over 4000 trees of specialty American and European cider apples. They sell their hard ciders in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., and West Virginia. They operate a tasting room at their farm that is open every weekend.
Our third panelist is Gwen Kokes, the Stewardship Coordinator at the BALTIMORE ORCHARD PROJECT which is a program of CIVIC WORKS. Gwen was the Project Specialist for the Baltimore Orchard Project where she conducted research, did some community organizing and volunteer management. Now, she organizes the Orchard Stewards Program, a network of trained orchardists, and makes Stewardship Year plans with participating Community Orchards. The Baltimore Orchard Project just planted its 1,000th tree! And….there are almost 100 orchards in Baltimore City alone.