Collecting and Evaporating Maple sap at Jijak Food Summit 2016
Paul DeMain and the Intertribal Agriculture Council take you on a short walk along part of Camp Jijak’s Maple sapping lines and then over to the Jijak Foundation’s Sugar Shack built at the camp for use by members of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe. Kevin Finney, the Executive Director of the Jijak Foundation explains some of the things to consider when using an evaporator for making syrup during the spring 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit near Hopkins, Michigan.
Jijak Food Summit: Maple & Sapping 2016
Kevin Finney the Director of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Foundation and camp describes to visitors the beginning of a renewal in local tribal interest in tapping for Maple and other species for sugar, syrup, food and medicinal products. The Jijak Foundation and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) have focused several Great Lakes regional conferences on food sovereignty, Native harvesting, and Indigenous culinary development.
Hello All! The time has come again to put a call out for volunteers for this years Taste of Madison in Madison, WI. This is our second year doing this event, which takes place September 3rd and 4th. We are really excited to be offering delicious traditional Native foods prepared by some of Madison’s favorite local restaurants. And new this year, we are partnering with accomplished Native chefs, Sean Sherman (The Sioux Chef), Brian Yazzie, and Kristina Stanley who will be preparing the food for the event!
We are looking for volunteers to commit to a 4 to 6 hour shift during the weekend. We will provide you with three meal tickets per shift good at our booth! Our menu features our old favorites from last year, Blue Corn coated Red Lake Walleye over Wild Rice; Wild Rice Brats; and our Native Salad. New dishes we are serving up this year include Braised Buffalo Tacos, Pumpkin Hominy Soup, and Wild Rice and Chia Seed Pudding. All traditional foods are gluten and dairy free.
Consider coming out to work a shift with us as we share some amazing traditional Native foods with Madison!
Contact us if you are interested in working a shift and we will get in touch!
The Native Market and Gallery, a fixed store location at 1732 Fordem Avenue in Madison, WI, is open from 4:00-7:00pm every Wednesday, as well as when staff are present. We’re working on expanding regular hours in the near future. In addition to the Indigenous foods inventory, the store carries an expanding assortment of Native jewelry and art, and is also home to the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s regional office that provides technical assistance to American Indian agricultural producers.
Check the schedule page for upcoming market and special events. We’ve got a food booth again at this year’s Taste of Madison (still looking for additional volunteers) on Labor Day weekend, and will be at farmers markets throughout the summer. The van won’t be on the road as much as previous years due to staffing constraints, but check back for more info on a possible tour later this summer.
We are also excited to announce our new regional TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) shares ($25 and $50/month options) and TSA ordering website where you can now place orders online. We are recruiting pick-up sites across the region where we’ll ship combined orders on a monthly basis to reduce shipping costs. TSA customers will have access to unique, limited-quantity items like Jijak’s Maple Vinegar.
By Paul DeMain
Intertribal Agriculture Council
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) through its Great Lakes office in Wisconsin is proud to participate in a cooperative effort with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection called “Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin – Wisconsin Wild Rice to Madison” during the 2015 and 2016 ricing seasons. The effort, which calls for the purchase, processing and marketing of wild rice into Madison, Wisconsin in a test approach, has allowed some analysis of both supply and demand, and marketing needs for this traditional culinary treat revered by Indigenous people through-out the Great Lakes. Read the rest of this entry
The 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit held at Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Camp from April 21-24 was a tremendous success due to an amazing turnout of individuals and groups willing to share their unique skills and knowledge.
Search #foodsummit and #jijak at Facebook and Twitter for event pictures and posts and go to the link provided here for a beautiful layout of photos and narratives from the event:
The Mobile Seed Library is a new effort intended to make high quality seeds more available throughout the Great Lakes region. We will be distributing seeds through the mobile farmers market, at special events, and in partnership with community distribution sites. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a community distribution site.
We are still accepting orders for holiday gift boxes featuring Native foods until Friday, December 18th for delivery before Christmas. Pick-up (Madison, WI) or expedited shipping orders will have a couple more days.
This year’s basic gift box features a half pound of Spirit Lake Native Products wild rice, a bottle of wild berry or maple syrup, and a jar of wild berry jam from Red Lake Nation Foods. The total cost is only $25, plus shipping.
Click on the PDF file link at the bottom of this post to enter your order in a fillable form.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Taste of Madison, which will be an amazing event and memorable experience on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Each volunteer will receive three food tickets per each four hour shift for any of our dishes (you can give them to friends as well). We are requesting a minimum of a four hour shift .
The Mobile Farmers Market will be bringing Native foods to the Taste of Madison for what is almost surely the first time in the major event’s history. Drawing between 80,000-100,000 people, this event will be an unparalleled opportunity to expand awareness of our amazing foods to a completely new audience whose only association with Native foods is likely frybread and Indian tacos, if anything.
Our three dishes are:
- Native Salad: wild rice, white corn, and traditional beans tossed in a wild berry and maple vinaigrette with blueberries and diced apples
- Blue Corn Coated Perch over Wild Rice
- Wild Rice Brat: brats made by Underground Butcher with Nett Lake wild rice served on buns from Madison Sourdough
Despite several great events earlier in the year, the summer of 2015 has been a bit of a slow year for the Mobile Farmers Market due to staffing shortages and unforeseen obstacles. However, we just hired two new staff members, Paul DeMain and Kristin Klingman, and are gearing up for a great fall that will include the Taste of Madison and numerous events in Native communities across the Great Lakes Region and possibly beyond.
We are also excited to announce a new approach to expanding traditional food access. The TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) project will be launching this fall in select communities. Once per month, we will ship orders to pick-up sites in each participating communities. More information will be available shortly.
Another effort is working to support Wisconsin wild ricers by providing new market opportunities, especially in areas where such opportunities are currently lacking. We will be purchasing green and finished wild rice from Tribal harvesters. While this specific project is focused on Wisconsin, we’ll still be working with harvesters and finishers in Minnesota and Michigan as well. Contact Paul Demain (email@example.com) for more information.
There’s lots of other activities underway as well, so check back to learn more in the near future.