St-Jean-de-Luz and Ciboure, France serve as tourist havens today, but were once thriving fishing communities.Fifty years ago, this Basque coast region supported over 1,000 fishermen and 22 fish processing factories. Today, less than 100 fishermen exist, and the last fish processing facility was closed 10 years ago. Overfishing by multi-national businesses and environmental pollution are reasons Michel Pery and his father Jean (first photo) given for the loss of their local fishing industry.Discouraged by his father to enter into the fishing profession, Michel enjoys what he calls a very primate art.After 40 years of experience, he fishes now only for personal reasons.Twelve types of fish are found locally and 20 kilos of bonite (photo) was his catch for the day. After chilling overnight, he salts and packs the bonite into tins with olive oil.After 2 years of curing in the tin, this beauty is ready to eat.He sent me and my crew home with about 3 kilos of bonite which we prepared that evening. Cut into 2 inch slabs, battered in flour, salt, and pepper, and fried, our catch of the day turned out to be an exquisite culinary feast.It was slightly sweet, light, and melted on the tongue.We gourmand on our gourmet fish!
Additional photos include:Ciboure cooperative fish market, beach near my cabin, Pyrenees mountain scenes,and Tour de France sculpture
SPONSOR KIM FOX TUCSON’S AMBASSADOR OF LOCAL FOOD AS SHE BIKES ACROSS EUROPE FOR LOCAL AGRICULTURE
WHO is Kim Fox? Kim Fox is Tucson's micro-urban farmer and food activist, dedicated to community education and local food production. As founder of Pachamama's Garden, she designs urban sites for food production and distribution. Her community education programs focus on local food production, soil science, food security and health. In 2009 over 215 students and visitors attended education programs and tours of Pachamama’s Garden. Kim’s urban farm also demonstrates conversion of food waste and manures into living soils via composting and vermiculture systems. Kim is an observer of and participant in local and international foodways. She has traveled to 25 countries, working on small farms and urban gardens, visiting farmers' markets, participating in food culture and customs, and observing local food production and distribution methods.
HOW is Kim Fox an Ambassador of Local Food? Beginning in June 2010, Kim will take a sabbatical from her farming and education work in Tucson to travel by bicycle across Europe from Paris, France, to Vilnius,Lithuania. She will engage with people who manage urban and rural farms, gardens, farmers' markets, food banks, seed banks, and public and private agencies in order to exchange perspectives and information on methods of urban sustainable agriculture production and distribution. She will be exposed to numerous local food prints, the relationships people have culturally and regionally to their food. In particular, Kim will study and report on seed saving, climate change consequences, GMO issues,sustainable farming and urban gardening techniques, plus recipes straight from the kitchen. Her community in Tucson and beyond can learn with her and support her during her trek. You can contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org My wOrm regards!