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Eigensinn' barn burnt down yesterday

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RogerDoger Sep 16, 2011 08:02 AM

not sure what was in it...

 
  1. Full tummy Sep 20, 2011 06:32 PM

    Here is an update about fundraisers:

    http://jameschatto.com/2011/09/eigens...

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      1. justpete Sep 16, 2011 01:18 PM

        ok, so I called and spoke to a very nice young lady at Hassai. She was appreciative of the phone call, and gave me quite a few details after telling her that I am a fan and customer of the farm.

        The fire was two days ago. It was an accident and started on the upper floor amongst the tools and machinery. However, it was in the morning around 9:30am and all the animals and people are safe. So everything is ok. He just lost a lot of his stock - you know, sauces and anything that he'd harvested. So, not all that grim, and it looks like everyone got out safely.

        She also mentioned that they may do a fundraiser sometime in October at one of the restaurants nearby.

        Although everyone is safe, I still feel terrible for them. They are extremely nice people, and I hope I'll get a chance to go to the fundraiser. Perhaps I'll wait a week and email Nobuyo.

        /edit I also got the impression that the fire was limited to the "barn" and not the entire Farm, or the house, where they live. I apologize for my lack of familiarity with farming/husbandry/agricultural terminology.

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        1. re: justpete
          jlunar Sep 16, 2011 03:30 PM

          Thanks for doing the sleuthing Justpete! Good to know everyone is safe.

        2. jlunar Sep 16, 2011 11:49 AM

          Maybe they're taking it down? A friend burned his barn down too... There were smouldering logs for a while... made it easier to light a fire though!

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          1. re: jlunar
            justpete Sep 16, 2011 01:10 PM

            Hopefully this was the case...

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            ylsf Sep 16, 2011 10:49 AM

            Did you take this picture? If not, do you have a source? Just curious to find out more about it. I tried searching for news in Google but nothing came up.

            Let's try to keep this conversation civil...

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              RogerDoger Sep 16, 2011 11:37 AM

              I got the picture from a friend on Facebook who owns a lodge near the farm and is a personal friend of the Eigensinns. I have personally seen him out at restaurants with the Eigensinn family on several occassions so there is no reason to doubt the authenticity in my eyes.

              1. re: RogerDoger
                iMarilyn Sep 16, 2011 11:53 AM

                Who are the Eigensinns?

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                  JennaBean Sep 16, 2011 12:27 PM

                  Michael Statlander.

                  1. re: iMarilyn
                    justpete Sep 16, 2011 12:32 PM

                    Eigensinn is the name of the farm - it's owned by Michael Stadtlander, who is regarded as one of the best, if not *the* best Chef in Canada. In 2002, Eigensinn's farm was considered to be the 9th best restaurant in the world.

                    Last time I was at that farm, it was filled with livestock. Their house is also adjacent on the property, so I hope they're all safe. This farm meant a lot to them - they'd be devastated if this is their farm.

                    The last time I was there I was told that the Stadtlander's had named the farm because it meant something like "a dream come true" or "arrival" or something along those lines., so I'm not sure who the Eigensinn's are...

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                      JennaBean Sep 16, 2011 12:39 PM

                      So much more context! ;-) I figure google takes care of the details.

                      1. re: JennaBean
                        justpete Sep 16, 2011 12:41 PM

                        I was typing that up and then got distracted for a good 5 minutes... so I didn't see your reply. :)

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                  ylsf Sep 16, 2011 02:23 PM

                  The last line of my previous post was in reference to comments that have since been removed from this discussion thread.

                3. foodyDudey Sep 16, 2011 08:09 AM

                  maybe a smokehouse?

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