These past couple of months have tested me. Replete with unexpected changes, I can go from feeling fine to despondent in seconds. Then something happens that lifts me out of my heaviness – a violinist floods the BART station with hopeful sounds during my morning commute, a friend leaves me a voicemail that makes me laugh, I find a full punch card nestled between receipts in my wallet and get a free latte. Little, happy things. And one big, stupendously happy thing.
First, more of the little, happy things…
Hudson, my friend Amanda’s new puppy.
Cooking spring risotto with Julie and her happy boys.
Pastured eggs from happy hens at Rolling Oaks Ranch.
Now for that big, stupendously happy thing…
There’s going to be a new TV show about some things that bring me great joy – farmers markets, food, the Bay Area. That alone, is good news. But, it gets better. I am the show’s host and co-producer! I’m pinching myself as I write, but it’s true! The show is called Fresh from the Farmers Market. It will be centered around the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, a place that has always been special to me. We start filming next week.
It all happened so fast, as many good things seem to do. I was at the audition – twirling lettuce leaves around in a dish towel like I learned to do on La Ferme Belmont in France. And then, just like that, I got the call that I’d landed the job. The press release went out today and it’s now official news. To learn more about the show, read this. And, while you’re at it, like this!
I am so excited. A little anxious. And absolutely determined to make the show the very best it can be. I have a remarkable opportunity to educate viewers – some who’ve never even set foot in the Bay Area – about our land, our farms and farmers, sustainable agriculture, our chefs, our seasons, and the fascinating journey from farm to fork. Host Happelsauce, at your service! I’m planning on learning a great deal and sharing with you on this little blog of mine. Stay tuned.