silent sunday: yosemite national park, california

a happy chipmunk

the Grizzly Giant, one of the sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove

waterfalls, seen on the drive up to Glacier Point

half dome, from Glacier Point

the lone coyote

one of many mule deer we saw

the classic view of the valley, from Tunnel View

the Stellar’s Jay

the mandatory family photo in every national park

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26 Responses to “outstanding in the field, and the question of the egg”

  1. Nutmeg Nanny — January 9, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    This meal looks amazing! The place where we are getting married does dinners like this once a week in the summer. I have been dying to attend. After looking at your pictures I know I need to go!

  2. Dawn — January 9, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Lake Meadow Naturals is a magical place, isn’t it. Love Dale in his overalls, and love that he raises chix without soy, too. It’s the only place I know of that has soy free eggs 🙂

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:07 am

      Yes, you’re right! I wish I lived closer so I could buy his eggs regularly.

  3. Gail — January 9, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    So beautiful, MJ. Your photos tell a wonderful story. xoxo

  4. Chris — January 9, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Fantastic post and a wonderful event. But the best picture of all is that cat. I swear the look on his face is saying, “I BLEEPing hate those chickens and ducks. All in my face but if I try to attack just one, I get in trouble.”

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:06 am

      I think you’re right about that cat!

  5. Macaroni Mama — January 9, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Your photographs tell it all. Beautiful! Especially, the moon on the horizon . . . plus the chickens.

  6. Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 9, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    This looks like a wonderful, almost magical experience. I think that maybe sometimes all we can do is enlighten our experience and become more aware of just how our food is prepared for us; I know it sounds perfect but in truth how do we feed 300,000,000 people in a similar idyllic way? My hope would be that no matter the method, on a bucolic family farm or in a larger mass produced industry that respect be paid to every lowly creature for the service they provide to feed us and our families.

    I love the photo of the table from the end; it looks like it goes on forever. Talk about the family table!

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:06 am

      Barb – I completely agree. It all comes down to treating our food – and food sources – with respect and integrity.

  7. Renee — January 9, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to have my own chicken so I can just collect eggs out of my backyard. I can’t wait until I have an actual backyard.

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:05 am

      I hear you. We have a small backyard but it’s in a neighborhood. I’m pretty sure our neighbors would complain if we had even one chicken.

  8. Kathryn — January 10, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    I just love your pictures in this post, they capture the mood so perfectly. It sounds like a really wonderful event to attend.

  9. Paula- bell'alimento — January 10, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Love. Love. Love. I’m hoping to attend a similar event myself close to home. Also have BIG plans to increase my own garden this year (and then to figure out how I could get a cow, goats in my backyard without having the neighbors see ; )

  10. Kathy - Panini Happy — January 10, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to these pics! The event looks just as magical and fantastic as I’d imagined. They do one about an hour away from us every year – I so can’t wait to go!

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Kathy, you absolutely MUST go. Even though it’s pricey, it’s so worth it. I would go again in a heartbeat.

  11. Paula — January 10, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I love this concept and the fact that the idea is growing around the world. Your photos are just beautiful. Talk about a field of dreams!

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Paula!

  12. pam — January 10, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    I was there and it was to amazing. I posted some of my pictures here…

  13. Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 10, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I do love happy eggs! I’ve been able to taste a difference… subtle richness that I don’t find in conventional eggs.

    Lovely post, darling!

  14. Marla — January 11, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    I have wanted to attend one of these events. OITF is such a great way for people to get to know local farmers and other folks with similar interests. Love all the photos too!

  15. Annalisa Khaw — January 14, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    I am really kicking myself for not going now! Next year for sure!

  16. Bob — January 15, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and met some great folks. Many of our pics are so similar…thankfully you got more of the food…we were too busy eating to photograph the food! LOL. Thanks.

  17. Aggie — January 26, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful event! Your photos are gorgeous…as is the scenery.

    I wish I could have made it to this…maybe one day. Thank for sharing it with us

  18. Sunny — February 7, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    We love Outstanding in the Field, from concept to execution. We attended an event near Portland OR last year and had a wonderful time. I’ll also add–as a chicken owner–that YES the eggs taste better and boy do they take baking to a whole new level! The egg whites are firmer and the yolks are richer when they’re from your own backyard, plus I know what my chickens eat so I know what I’m eating. Chickens are also pretty fun pets, they’re much nicer and more social than I thought they would be. They’re also low maintenance and earn their keep…can’t say that about our other pets! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures and your experience. I hope more and more people participate in farm-oriented food events, it’s so important to support our local farmers!

  19. Vanessa — December 13, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Thank you do much for reviewing the event! I was hesitant to go to the 2013 date but thanks to all your beautiful words and photos I’m sold on attending! 🙂

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