In a world of constant instantaneous gratification, and where everything you need can be found in supermarkets, it’s hard to take a step back and do the things you love the hard way… the right way. Our friends over at Terasu are doing a rad series on folks that still take the time to perform their craft.
“Baking and breaking bread at a meal with friends is timeless… What it starts as is so basic. It’s a beautiful transformation.” -Brandon D’Imperio
Brandon, farmer and chef, makes bread from grain to loaf using wild yeast on a regular basis. A common sight at Circle Rock Ranch is people gathered around a table passing around dishes, or crowding around the kitchen to watch the bread come out the oven so they can snag a taste of warm bread. That’s why bread at Circle Rock Ranch epitomizes the intimacy of sharing food.
The proximity of the ocean has brought a tranquility to Brandon’s life. After a short gallop past the forest to hunt mushrooms his foraging tendencies extend into the ocean for crabs, shellfish and sea vegetables.
In the most simplistic way, mushroom foraging is hunting with the eyes: scanning the fallen leaves, branches and dirt on the ground for clues.
With nothing but your own imagination and concentration, you get pulled deeper and deeper into the wild. It evokes childhood pleasures of treasure hunting except if you know the right spot, the variety and bounty is endless.
Brandon D’Imperio has thought long and hard about what he does at Circle Rock Ranch, and why he does it. He doesn’t raise his sheep, goats, turkey, and pigs just to be consumed. He enjoys having them, and building a relationship with them. When we toured his farm, his sincerity struck me deeply. It was evident by the composure of his animals that they felt safe; the horses and the goats calmly walked towards him wherever he went.