The Ultimate Foodie experience, with Stephen Hotchkiss of the New New Age
Today on the show we’re talking with Stephen Hotchkiss co-owner and founder of The New New Age Farms and The New New Age restaurant in Port Stanley Ontario, Canada. In this episode we talk about the journey they took giving up their modern urban life in downtown Los Angeles and moving to Canada to set up a farm and farm-to-table bistro. We talk about their experiments with farm-scale Permaculture, Beekeeping, Wildcrafting and applying druidic herbalism and healing knowledge to the food experience.
Organic food, better food, Slow Food, and so on, are increasingly popular. And rightfully so. There are few better things than blending the taste experience of fresh, local food with the health benefits of eating cleaner and safer. Many top restaurants are seeking out the best and freshest ingredients. But very few are taking on a project this ambitious.
Stephen Hotchkiss and his wife Katie are taking not just the restaurant part, but also the farm, and doing it with a twist and definitely with style.
How food can be more than just food
Shouldn’t food heal? Make you better, stronger, more alive? Lost in the world of mega-farms is the idea that food can be more than just calories; more than just fuel for your body. It can do much, much more. To a traditionalist, this isn’t surprising. To someone in the modern world, we just expect food to fill us up.
In their restaurant, a place you need to check out if you’re ever in Ontario, they serve up a menu that blends not just the cleanest, healthiest vegetables, meats, and herbs from their garden and from other local farms, they also combine the wisdom of druidry and traditional herbalism, for a truly magical experience.
Where to find out more about Stephen Hotchkiss and The New New Age:
Books and resources mentioned in this episode:
The Druidy Handbook – John Michael Greer
Nutrition & Physical Degeneration – Weston A Price
YU Ranch – Rotational Grazing and Wild Grass Preservation
Sacred Herbal & Healing Beers – Stephen Harrod Buhner