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2nd Annual Beans Tour and Ag Workshops in Mexico

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On the Road Travel in Mexico

I'm late posting the photos but here are some scenes from the Beans Tour ealier this spring. I actually stopped taking photos when I saw how good the photos were from some of the guests, but you'll get an idea.

We announced the trip via email and we sold out within one and a half hours! The year before it took a full day. It makes it seem a little like winning a Willie Wonka ticket but the food is much better.

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The group was really fun and there wasn't a sour grape in the bunch. I was very happy to introduce them to my Mexican friends. We had a few trips, some workshops and a lot of really great food.

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This was a trip to meet one of our bean farmers.

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There were many littel signs that the fields were beyond organic.

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I don't think it's an exagerration to say that everyone fell in love with Araceli. She makes our chocolate (in her village in Guerrero) and she traveled a full day to teach her workshop on making chocolate. Here she's toasting the canela (true cinnamon) on a large clay comal. She's very sweet and softspoken but I'd bet this woman can do anything she sets her mind to.

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Here's Lucas (who has a Mexican restaurant in New Zealand!) proving that maybe he better keep his day job.

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The oregano growers from the Huasteca came down to sing and say hello!

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One of the most fun meals was the barbacoa. The men line a pit with roasted maguey leaves and then roast goat meat underground for 10 hours. The results are spectacular.

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That's my god-daughter! I plan to spoil her rotten!

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Araceli with Yunuen and the baby.


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Lupe serves her famous nopal salad.

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Finally, the whole staff who made it all possible, in one of the three kitchens.

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We'll do it again next year and we'll even add a second group if all goes as planned. I wish there were an easier way to pick who goes but it's first come, first served after we do our email blast.



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