Our Grokfeast preparations started early on Saturday with a trip to the Sioux Falls Farmer’s Market to get all of the vegetables fresh from local farmers. The 4 chickens also joined the party early as we began brining them at the Zahasky house on Saturday.
On Sunday we congregated at the Esser’s at 2pm so we could begin preparing and cooking together as a community. Our Grokfeast lasted 7 hours! To kick it off we prepared the food between the indoor kitchen and the outdoor kitchen (a dug-in-the-ground fire pit we created in the back yard of the downtown-dwelling Esser family.) Half of the adults started in the kitchen cutting all the fresh veggies to prepare the sides with and the older kids were outside playing on the rope hanging from the tree while the little ones played in the dirt! As a group we also had a game of freeze tag and backyard Frisbee. Ropes, dirt, tag… what a way to get this Primal Party started!
For one of our activities we all built the fire pit and fire so we could cook the meat over an open flame. The kids and adults hauled bricks and worked as a team to build up the fire pit.
Our family lives in Highland County Virginia in one of the least populated counties east of the Mississippi River with a population of 2,321. We live on the Jackson River on acreage that provides us with a plethora of Primal foods that we grow, hunt and gather. We provide 90% of our own food which includes grass fed beef, pork, venison, and trout. Our garden is a great producer of all the vegetables one can imagine as well as a fruit orchard that includes 10 varieties of apples, 3 varieties of pears, concord grapes, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, walnuts, butternuts and more. We “put up” this wonderful harvest by either canning or freezing. Most recently we have purchased a greenhouse and 4 IBC containers to install an aquaponic system. We intend to raise tilapia and shrimp as well as grow fruits and vegetables. No more weeding! This project will be completed by spring.
Mid-September in the heart of Washington Wine Country is the perfect setting for a Grokfeast. With our neighbors, best friends and a passel of kids, we celebrated our Grokfeast 1396-style.
There are times when city dwellers need a break from the concrete. So our group, formed from members of the Primal Chicagoans Meetup group, headed to the edge of the suburbs to a neighborhood surrounded by forest preserves. There was grass! Trees! Insects! It was a great change for many of us and the perfect background for a Grokfeast. Our hostesses turned her house into a temple of food and good times. Her yoga studio held a table of Grok-approved cookbooks that members brought to browse during the afternoon. Another room, dubbed a “man cave,” played the Chicago Bears game (which nobody sat down to watch, of course). Mostly we spent our time outside in a backyard perfect for playing with several four-legged friends.
Mark’s Daily Apple reader Marty submitted this Primal Blueprint Fitness video as his entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Workout Video contest. This is one in a series of recipe videos, workout videos, Grokfeasts and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!
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