Well, the Taste Council definition is:
Artisan Food is defined as a superior tasting food, which commands a higher price in its category. Superior taste is achieved through food making skill
I don't think that really gets to the heart of the matter, however.
Artisan food encompasses:a Persona Placea Producta Passion
“A kind of personal integrity that can be confused with eccentricity: 'however strange it may seem to you, this is the way I do things'
"Pride without arrogance: a sincere belief in the excellence of their work
"Humility and steadfastness: the ability to light the wood stove, milk the ewes, coax the bees out of their hives – quietly, without pretence – day after day, year after year.
"The belief that their work is not a means to something else, but one of the ways to give meaning to their lives.
"Genius: the brilliance that comes to those driven by their personal vision rather than a desire for success, money or fame.
"Generosity: they have no secrets. If you appreciate what they do, they'll tell you everything they know... and usually set a place for you at their table”.
For me , that's as good as a definition can get, I think: Integrity; pride, humility, meaning; genius, generosity.
So with all of this comes one of my favorite scripture, Nehemiah 8:10 "Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"(NLT) This is what I have been called to do and I love it.
I am making another wheel of Cheddar Cheese, so here are some pictures of the process.
|Heating the milk and waiting|
|A lot of waiting time and patience|
|Heating the curds|
|Cutting the Curds|
|Wheel of Cheddar Cheese, now to dry and age it.|
After second pressing, will add more after final pressing.
|Pressing the cheese, there are 3 pressings and times, the is 50#'s for 24 hours, so more waiting|