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Ark tomatoOn Sept 15 and 16, the US Ark-Presidia Committee (APC) members from around the country came together in Madison, WI to review, taste and board new foods to the Ark of Taste.

The Ark of Taste is a metaphorical craft designed to save –much like Noah, who saved breeds from extinction during the flood–endangered tastes and to celebrate them, by introducing them to the membership and then to the world, through media, public relations, and Slow Food events.

A wide range of flavors were celebrated in this year’s nominations, from the Early Blood Turnip-rooted beet and Roy’s Calais flint corn, to the Cotton Patch goose and Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomato.
Ark corn Ark beet

Though the majority of Ark foods are boarded during the committee’s yearly face-to-face meeting, nominations are reviewed and boarded throughout the year. Check out the Ark of Taste criteria and nomination form to learn more.

This year, the APC welcomed four new members: Arie McFarlen, Elissa Rubin-Mahon, Jennifer Hall and Emile DeFelice. You can read about them and their passion for Slow Food and the Ark of Taste: just click here!