No, I don't mean Hain Celestial (although at $60 it seems cheaper than a lot of slower growers) or even about Artisanal Brands.* No, we're talking popcorn.
Popcorn so self-consciously artisanal that it is popped one kernal at a time.
From Fast Company:
It’s sometimes tough to tell where reality ends and satire begins in today’s artisanal-obsessed economy. A new exhibit called The Low-Tech Factory, by Industrial Design students at University of Art and Design Lausanne, is a little bit of both.
Installed in a temporarily converted Swiss carpet factory as part of the 25-year-old Designer’s Saturday exhibition, The Low-Tech Factory is exactly what it sounds like: a series of six tiny “factories” that churn out consumer goods at a snail’s pace. Each manufacturing line can be operated by a team of 1-4 participants, and are entirely human-powered (with the exception of a heated mold in one installation). The idea is to examine the underlying value systems we apply to objects we own, both mass-produced and hand-made.
Oncle Sam, for example, is a mechanism that pops single kernels of popcorn one at a time using an elaborate steel lattice of moving parts and a single tea light. Animal Growth is a set of tools that makes simple foam animal toys, while Marbelous makes a marbled mirror. Swing is particularly awesome: the user inserts a piece of fabric between a sharp mold and an off-kilter top, then balances above it as their weight cuts through the fabric in a pattern that turns it into an expandable mesh bag....MORELong time readers know we are fans of No Tech Magazine which features everything from the ridiculous (wooden bicycle wheels):
"They are hard to build with, they require regular maintenance, they are expensive and they flex a lot. However, if you want a traditional looking wheel, avoiding metal altogether is a marvelous move, something that we’re lucky to still be able to do today."to the sublime:
Which is why we devoted an entire post to "Building Your Own Civilization: How to Make a Metalworking Lathe out of Concrete"
If you aren't ready to make the leap to No Tech, their sister publication "Low Tech Magazine" may be just the ticket:
Aerial ropeways: automatic cargo transport for a bargain
How to make everything yourself - online low-tech resources
*Although as one critic has said: “When you’re buying artisanal foods from a publicly traded company, something is wrong.”