This year’s GrokFeast Melbourne went off without a hitch. A few Groks rolled in on time and started setting up, firing up the grill and getting everything squared away while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive.
This year we had a Grokfeast in and around in our own backyard. Though we had some grandiose plans for a Grokfeast at a local state park, the weather looked bad for this weekend, so we stayed close to home in case of rain.
The participants were two families – each with two young girls, including one exclusively breastfed (so primal!) infant and two still-nursing toddlers. There were: Craig, Audrey, Annika, and Natalie, and Matt, Adrienne, Joelle, and Rose. There was also an enthusiastic labradoodle, Otis.
Our Grokfeast was a wonderful family date – our families have been friends for 6 years, so now that we have a passel of young girls between us, our get-togethers have only evolved to a state that we’d describe as “delightfully chaotic”. One passion our families share is sourcing tasty, healthy, high quality food, so the opportunity to meet up over a deliciously fresh meal and have it count as a “Grokfeast” was a no-brainer!
We started things off with Matt harvesting from the family garden – he was picking cherry tomatoes for the salad, doing a bit of very local and very fresh gathering. Next, the grill was fired up. We grilled skewered chicken breast and chicken tenderloins – as well as a vast abundance of fresh veggies.
When we heard about the Grokfeast challenge, we were already in the midst of preparations for our 2nd Annual Yurtville Harvest Party. Since we attempt to live and eat primal and were already planning a party along those lines, it seemed like a fun idea to share our party with you and submit it for the contest.
As you might guess from our party title, my husband Ben, son Solomon and I live in a yurt. We’re located in Willamette Valley region of Oregon where we raise ducks, geese and chickens. Last year, we started what we hope will be a long tradition of celebrating the summer’s bounty by roasting up some of our pasture-raised duck and inviting a bunch of friends and family to come join us for a feast and games. If I had to pick 2 words to describe the mood we tried to create with our party it would be “Primal Elegance.” We wanted a long feast table full of beauty – beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful nature. But, elegance doesn’t preclude fun in my opinion and there was certainly a lot of that as well.
September 24 was the last warm, sunny day before the Oregon rainy season began. The party started around 3 in the afternoon as guests arrived and started to explore the farmyard, kids played the sandbox, toddlers chased ducks and chickens, and everyone cuddled the kittens. Chicharrones were nibbled. Wine, water, and kombucha were sipped. After a while, folks formed teams and began exploring Yurtville in order to complete all of the “Hunt, Gather and Play,” tasks on their sheet. Some of the required tasks included:
-Find 3 wild foods
-Find and list as many medicinal plants as you can
-Find the Yurtville structure that houses the most occupants (answer: the bee hive)
-Gather 3 sticks and take to the fire pit for the bonfire
-Do the log toss
This is a submission for the Grokfeast by a meetup group in San Diego, CA called the San Diego Paleo Tribe. This meetup group was formed June 2010 by Clifton Harski (now a MovNat instructor) and has since been led by myself, Dan Forsberg, and Ashley Westment since last fall. A while back my roommate, Nick, and I had a late night brainstorm (or pipe dream so I thought) about making a Primal version of a Spartan Race or Mud Run and calling it something like “Caveman Decathlon” or something of that nature. Well I put it in the back of my mind but Nick ran with it and wanted to put on an event in this meetup group. We all met up at Fiesta Island in San Diego, CA for a “Primal Challenge” on September 24, 2011. People in the tribe were all really excited to do it but given the short notice I gave them all (I posted it the day before) we had a really good turnout regardless. We all congregated in a large sand area at Fiesta Island where we competed against each other in a Primathlon of sorts. There were multiple events and a scoring system to find the best Primathlete for specific events and overall. The events and results were as follows:
Event #1: Bola Toss
The members of our growing group (Primal Living STL) – started a mere six months ago – are as enthusiastic about our common lifestyle as a cat on catnip. We meet up multiple times per week for primal workouts, social events, and community outreach. The opportunity to have a picnic was jumped upon quickly when MDA posted the Grokfeast challenge.
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