Wednesday, September 14

Santa Monica Farmers Market

8:30am – 1:00pm — Arizona Ave between 4th St and 2nd St, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Farmers Market 30thAnniversary Celebration Kick-Off

Farmer-Chef Cooking Demonstrations and Book Signing
10:00am – 1:00pm, 3rd St & Arizona Ave

Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, and friends kick off the Good Food Festival and Conference with a day of cooking demos, tastes, and conversation at the market. Special guest Suzanne Goin will open the day’s festivities, and she and Amelia will also sign their bestselling books on market-driven cooking. Come to where it all began 30 years ago: The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market at 3rd and Arizona. Admission is free.

10:00am — Opening Remarks

Suzanne Goin, AOC, Lucques, Tavern, Sunday Suppers at Lucques


Roxana Jullapat, Cook County Restaurant
Mike Cirone, Cirone Farms
Easy Apple Fritters, Slow-Roasted Apples, Apple-Cheddar Tart


Amelia Saltsman, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
Jerry Rutiz, Rutiz Family Farm
Vegetable Lightning Round


Erika Nakamura, Lindy & Grundy
Marcie Jimenez, Jimenez Family Farm
Lamb Breakdown, Marcie’s Greek Lamb Kabobs

With thanks to The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories and St. Joseph’s Culinary Training Program

The Harvest, Good Food Film Series

7:30pm – 10:00pm — Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica

$7 – $10 — Tickets are available online or at the Aero Theatre box office.

In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries.

The fourth event in this summer’s Good Food film series, part of the opening day of the Good Food Festival & Conference, will feature The Harvest/La Cosecha, a documentary directed by U. Roberto Romano that provides an unvarnished view of child and migrant labor in the United States’ food system.

As Tomatoland author Barry Estabrook recently noted,

Under [U.S.] law, there is no minimum age for children to work on small farms, provided they have parental permission. At age 12, children are allowed to work on any farm if their parents consent. By age 14 a child no longer needs parental permission. In non-agricultural jobs, children between the ages of 14 and 15 are allowed to work a maximum of three hours on a school day and eight hours on a non-school day. There are no daily limits for farmworkers. And like adult farmworkers, children in agriculture are entitled to no overtime, even if they work more than eight hours a day or more than 40 hours a week. By age 16, it is perfectly legal for a child to mix, handle, and apply even the most toxic pesticides.

Following the film will be a discussion about the labor issues that are invisible to most consumers’ eyes but are critically important to any conversation about making our food system fairer and safer. Our panelists will include Tom Philpott, a nationally recognized commentator on food and agricultural policy. Lisa Lucas Talbot, chapter leader of Slow Food Los Angeles and Slow Food USA’s regional governor for southern California, will moderate the discussion.

Tom Philpott writes the Food for Thought column for Mother Jones magazine and before that was a contributor to Grist. Tom is the cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. His work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian. Maverick Farms has been featured in Gourmet and The New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.” In 2011, he was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the “Food-Related Columns and Commentary” category.

Films in the series have been selected by the Good Food Festival Film Committee (Lisa Lucas Talbot, Laura Avery, Marguerite Kenner, Susan Haymer, and Corinne Bourdeau) and are being screened with the generous assistance of the staff of the American Cinematheque.