Slow Times August 2007

July 31, 2007

Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events

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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Slow Food Potluck and Heritage Cooking at Old Salem
Winston-Salem, NC
Cooking Classes begin at 10 a.m. (Reservation required)
Garden Tours 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Potluck 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Single Brothers Workshop, Old Salem

Old Salem and Slow Food Piedmont Triad welcome you to spend a day exploring the rich food heritage of the Moravian settlers at the Single Brothers Workshop in Old Salem. Garden tours will be available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Slow Food will sponsor a splendid late-summer potluck from 11:30 – 1:00. Suggested donation to Slow Food for the potluck is $5 per person or $10 per family.

As an added feature, a limited number of Slow Food members will be able to spend a morning in the kitchen preparing a traditional recipe with heirloom ingredients to enjoy with lunch! Two cooking class sessions will be scheduled at 10-10:45 a.m. and 11:00-11:45 a.m.; cost for the class $10. You must reserve your space in the class. Call the Group Sales Office at 1-800-441-5305 to reserve your space in the kitchen!

Here is a link for directions: http://www.oldsalem.org/index.php?id=91.

Once at Old Salem, the best place to park is on the street around the square or along Main St. (near Main St. and Academy). The Single Brothers’ Workshop is the building directly behind the Single Brothers’ House (the timber-frame building facing Main St., at the corner of Main and Academy). The entrance is from a ramp on the south side of the building.


Movie and Market Events

“Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell The Coffee”

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Movie – Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
The Green Bean
341 South Elm St., Greensboro, NC
8 p.m., free admission

If you missed the showings of this documentary about Fair Trade certification in the spring, here’s your chance to see it again. What’s the real cost of coffee? Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Follow one Ethiopian farmer’s journey as he travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. For more information, contact Shawn Wozniak, A&T Aggies for Fair Trade, at woznia17@riseup.net.

Friday, August 10, 2007
Watermelon Day
Piedmont Triad Farmers’ Market
Off Interstate 40, Exit #208 at Sandy Ridge Road
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free samples of farm fresh North Carolina Watermelon for everyone.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Watermelon Day
Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market, corner of Yanceyville and Lindsay Sts., Greensboro
6 a.m. – noon

Enjoy free tastings of different types of melons. Everyone who comes to the Curb Market will have a chance to win a free watermelon.


Recipes from the Market

Slow Food Piedmont Triad sponsored, and co-hosted with partner Deep Roots Market, two tasting booths at the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market this summer. On June 23, Chef Bryan Dahlstrom introduced many market customers to the creamy goodness of grits from the Old Mill of Guilford. Many expressed surprise at how delicious the grit cakes were, topped with ratatouille made with donations from farmers at the market. This was an easy and flexible way to use the summer bounty from your garden, your local farmers, and your CSA bags!

Chef Bryan’s Grit Cakes

Start by following the package direction for grits. (The Old Mill of Guilford grits instruction was 3 parts water (salted) and 1 part grits.)

When the grits are cooked, add 1 part cream and 1 part softened butter. Adjust seasoning to taste. (It’s important to salt your water because it’s absorbed in to the grain for a fuller flavor. The end adjustment takes in account whether you’re using salted or unsalted butter.)

Pour the grits into a pan that has been lined with plastic or parchment paper, then lightly oiled or buttered.

Chill in refrigerator until set, preferably over night. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter or knife. Pan-fry in skillet or on griddle.

You can also bread the grit cakes with just flour or a breading of seasoned flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs. When they’re breaded like this, the cake can also be deep-fried.

Note from Laurie: I tried this with cheese grits, adding extra-sharp cheddar cheese instead of the cream and butter. Served with ratatouille or leftover pasta sauce (I used marinara meat sauce with hamburger from Rocking F Farm), it is an interesting and easy change from pasta and rice.

Ratatouille, aka Vegetable Ragout

This is an approximate copy of the ratatouille/vegetable ragout that Chef Bryan and Laurie served at the market. This makes a large batch, so that you can freeze some for later.

4 Tbsp butter
2 small onions, diced (1 1/2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
rosemary, minced fine, about 1-2 Tbsp.
several sprigs of lemon thyme
2 medium long eggplants, diced (or 4 cups)
2 medium zucchini, diced (2 cups)
2 medium yellow squash, diced (2 cups)
8-10 plum tomatoes (egg-sized), chopped
big handful of basil leaves, shredded (about 1/2-3/4 cup)
parsley, chopped (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
salt and black pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add garlic, lemon thyme, and rosemary for a minute. Add onions for another few minutes. Add the following in this order and stir: eggplant, tomatoes (with any juices), zucchini and squash, then basil and parsley and seasonings. The vegetables might seem dry at first but they will give off juices.

Cook until all vegetables are tender. A nice extra was a garnish of cheese from the Goat Lady Dairy.

Smoothie Recipes with Deep Roots Market

Volunteers from Slow Food and Deep Roots Market co-hosted the tasting booth July 28, where we played with fruit and blenders for about three hours! Deep Roots Market is Greensboro’s only community-owned grocery, and they stock food items from many local farmers, as well as other organic and sustainably grown products.

The recipes from our handout are provided at our Slow Food blog: slowfoodpiedmont.wordpress.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

Please let Laurie know if you can commit to helping with the following events:

Slow Food Piedmont Triad often needs volunteers to help with staffing information tables and helping with events such as the Open House at Goat Lady Dairy. If you’re interested in becoming more involved with Slow Food Piedmont Triad events, please contact lponeill@slowfoodpiedmont.org and she’ll put your name in the pool of those willing to help out.


More Events for 2007

We keep an updated list of events on our events page, but you can get the latest announcements delivered to you by email if you join our listserv. Our listserv is a free way that we can communicate with our members and other interested members of the community. It is secure and we don’t share your email with anyone! (We don’t like that, either.) You can join by emailing us at info@slowfoodpiedmont.org and entering “subscribe” on the subject line.

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Sanders Ridge Farm Potluck

July 1, 2007

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The Slow Food potluck at Sanders Ridge Farm near Boonville was well attended, considering that it was a holiday weekend of sorts. Or would that be next weekend? Or would you split the difference? Anyway, we estimated that there were about 30 adults total and 6-7 children, who were entranced with collecting eggs from the chicken tractor.

What’s nice about a Slow Food potluck is that people are proud of the ingredients. When the produce is good, it’s enough to slice it up and eat it just as it is. Cindy, Sanders Ridge organic farmer, sliced up lemon cucumbers and Green Zebra tomatoes, among other delicious varieties. She told me that Green Zebra was Alice Waters’ favorite tomato. I can see why – it might have to be my next heirloom tomato try in the Back Forty.

Jim included homemade mozzarella in his homegrown green bean dish, which he was inspired to make after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I was tempted to do it too, and after tasting Jim’s and hearing first hand how easy it was (“I laughed it was so easy!”) I think that I’ll have to try it before One Local Summer is over.

There was pickled okra too. Pasta with lots o’garlic. Mac and cheese. Bread from Ollie’s Bakery. Homemade herb yogurt cheese with homegrown veggies to dip it up with. Amish butter. Mint and cucumber salad. Oatmeal cookies and cakes from a farmer’s market baker. Organic dates. Foggy Ridge hard cider. Pink lemonade with strawberries. Yum.

Update: Michael Hastings reports on the event in the Winston Salem Journal.

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sanders ridge potluck

Laurie O’Neill


Late June Events

June 19, 2007

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Saturday, June 23, 2007
VeggieFest – Slow Food Booth
Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market, corner of Yanceyville and Lindsay Sts., Greensboro
7:30 – 11 a.m.

The Market celebrates the start of the fresh produce season with door prizes, music, and fun for the whole family. Chef Bryan and Slow Food members Pat Bush and Laurie O’Neill will host the Slow Food Booth with tasty samples from local produce.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Farm Tour and Slow Food Potluck
Sanders Ridge Farm
1501 Nebo Road, Boonville, NC

Come enjoy a day in the country at Sanders Ridge, a 350 acre farm consisting of old growth forest, marshlands, creeks, lakes, and open fields. Explore 159 years of local history with 5th generation farmer Neil Sanders and organic grower/CSA manager Cindy Hinshaw. Sample and take home farm fresh produce, watch birds, take a long walk, rub an old horse’s soft nose, or just sit and relax.

The “official” farm visit hours run from 10:00 – 2:00 Saturday June 30; Slow Food is sponsoring a covered dish potluck from 11:30 – 1:00. Located in the Yadkin County community of Boonville, NC, Sanders Ridge is 30 minutes west of Winston-Salem, and lies within the boundary of the Yadkin Valley Wine Appellation. (See their web site for Directions.)

Sanders Ridge: Where tree hugging, fern fondling, wine sipping, and cat napping are encouraged!


Upcoming Slow Food Events

May 22, 2007

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Saturday, May 26, 2007
Spring Festival at Foggy Ridge Cider (Slow Food Excursion!)
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1328 Pineview Road, Dugspur, VA 24325
276.398.2337, cidermaker@foggyridgecider.com

Let’s visit Diane Flynt, Slow Food Piedmont Triad convivium member and heirloom apple farmer, for a picnic and cider tasting on Foggy Ridge Cider’s grand opening day!

Foggy Ridge Cider opens for visitors on Saturday May 26 with a Spring Festival. See Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Limbertwig, Cox’s Orange Pippin and over 30 apple varieties in bloom. Taste Foggy Ridge hard ciders paired with artisan cheese while listening to local musicians.

We’ll carpool from Greensboro and Winston Salem. Foggy Ridge Cider is about one hour from W-S and one hour forty-five minutes from Greensboro, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwest Virginia. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. The tasting is free and served with a pairing of cheeses, and guests can also purchase a glass (or two) of cider to enjoy on the grounds or in the orchard. There will be bottled water for those who can’t drink alcohol, but do plan to bring your own non-alcoholic drinks.

Please RSVP if possible to lponeill@slowfoodpiedmont.org by May 23 so that I can give Diane a sense of how much cheese to buy. However, if you decide to come at the last minute without RSVPing, she welcomes you! When you RSVP, I’ll let you know where the carpools will meet.

From Diane: “This first year we offer three blends of hard cider, along with tours of the Cider House and orchard tours in the fall. We are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays through the fall but available at other times if you call ahead. Our web site is: www.foggyridgecider.com.”

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Monday, June 4, 2007
Slow Food Movie
The Werehouse, 211 E. Third St. Winston-Salem
7:00 p.m. for coffee and socializing, movie starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sorry! Due to the Easter Freeze, the June cherry picking at Levering Orchard has been postponed to 2008!


 To Our East:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
‘Farm-to-Fork’ Exploration
A Carlo Petrini Lecture NCSU McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh
7:00 p.m.

Presented by: The Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Carlo Petrini will lead a discussion on the meaning and value of preserving food traditions, defending biodiversity, and protecting food that is good, clean, and fair.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. Reserved seating is available. For reserved seating information, visit on-line at http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu or contact Lisa Forehand at 513-0954.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
‘Farm-to-Fork’ Reception with Carlo Petrini
NCSU Visitors Center
1210 Varsity Drive, Raleigh
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join Carlo Petrini at a private reception to support CEFS. CEFS develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond through research, education, outreach, and marketing innovations.

Join ‘Friends of CEFS’ at the $250 level and receive two reception tickets plus reserved lecture seating.

Visit on-line at http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu or contact Lisa Forehand at 513-0954.


Farmer’s Market Events

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Crawfish Day
Piedmont Triad Farmers’ Market
Off Interstate 40, Exit #208 at Sandy Ridge Road
10 a.m. – until

Sample one of North Carolina’s newest aquatic commodities. Growers will have them for sale. Prices are $4.00/lb for live crawfish (40lb. max) and $5.00/lb cooked with Cajun Seasonings.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007
VeggieFest – Slow Food Booth
Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market, corner of Yanceyville and Lindsay Sts., Greensboro
7:30 – 11 a.m.

The Market celebrates the start of the fresh produce season with door prizes, music, and fun for the whole family. Slow Food members Pat Bush and Laurie O’Neill will host the Slow Food Booth with tasty samples from local produce.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Dairy Day
Piedmont Triad Farmers’ Market
Off Interstate 40, Exit #208 at Sandy Ridge Road
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In celebration of June Dairy Month, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Guilford County Extension Service, and the 4-H Club will host “Dairy Day”. There will be an ice cream churn-off contest, educational exhibits, dairy cows, games and lots of goodies from SUDIA and ice cream to the first 300 to participate in a dairy/4-H quiz. Come on out and learn how important milk and milk products play in the health and quality of our life.


More Events for 2007

We keep an updated list of events on our events page, but you can get the latest announcements delivered to you by email if you join our listserv. Our listserv is a free way that we can communicate with our members and other interested members of the community. It is secure and we don’t share your email with anyone! (We don’t like that, either.) You can join by emailing us at info@slowfoodpiedmont.org and entering “subscribe” on the subject line.


Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events April 27-29

April 23, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007
CHANGE! Slow Food Film Series: “King Corn”
Meet-up starts at 7, movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

This is a rare opportunity to see a sneak preview of the documentary King Corn, as it has been shown only 5 or 6 times in the U.S. The filmmakers made it on their own and it is now making the film festival circuit.

The movie is free, but we will ask for donations to send to the filmmakers to help them toward recovering the costs of production. There will be a couple of DVDs for sale.

From one of our Slow Food members: “King Corn is a fun and informative look at the life of corn from the farm to the feedlot and grocery store through the eyes of two college grads who rent an acre of farmland in Iowa on which to grow their own corn. Viewers are introduced to local farmers, townsfolk, agricultural agents, university scientists, and Michael Pollan along the way. This is a delightful, no-hype, enjoyable documentary that is more in the spirit of ‘The Real Dirt On Farmer John’ than ‘The Future of Food.'”

Meet other Slow Foodies and socialize at 7:00 p.m. Stay after the movie for discussion of the film! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Deep Roots Market Taste Fair
12-4 p.m.
3728 Spring Garden St., Greensboro

Join Deep Roots Market for this free community celebration, featuring delicious tastings of freshly prepared organic foods and drinks, and wellness samples. There will be activities for the kids, a raffle and more. Bring the entire family and spend the afternoon outside listening to live music, enjoying new flavors and savoring old favorites! Slow Food Piedmont Triad will staff an information table. Call 336-292-9216 or visit www.deeprootsmarket.com for more details.

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Open House at Goat Lady Dairy
1-5 p.m.

The Spring Open House at Goat Lady Dairy will be Saturday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m. Tour the dairy, gardens, and pastures of a Slow Food farm. It’s a popular destination and event, and well worth the lovely drive! Goat cheese will be available for sale. A nearby sheep farm, Rising Meadow Farm, will be holding an open house the same day, so you and your family can commune with humanely and sustainably raised animals all afternoon! Directions and details are at www.goatladydairy.com.

From Goat Lady Dairy:

OPEN HOUSE
Goat Lady Dairy & Rising Meadow Farm
Sunday, April 29th  1 to 5 pm
 
Come out to the country for a lovely afternoon on the farm with all the family – ours and yours!  We are all spiffed up and ready to welcome you at both farms to see goats and sheep, kids and lambs plus cows, llamas, pigs, chickens and organicgardens.  At Goat Lady Dairy you can meet the animals, see where we make our cheese and taste and buy cheese.  You can also “throw a pot” on our local potter’s wheel.  At Rising Meadow you can see beautiful lambs and see how we turn soft wool from our multi-colored flock into beautiful yarn and yarn products.  All of our fiber and products will be for sale including fleeces, roving, sheepskins, yarn and soap and a limited supply of lamb.

This event is free and open to all EXCEPT – Please no pets!  Directions and photos at
www.goatladydairy.com and www.risingmeadow.com

See you on Sunday, April 29th, rain or shine!


Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events This Week

March 18, 2007

 Tuesday, March 20, 2007: “The Slow Food Revolution”

The first Slow Food film of 2007 will be shown in Winston Salem at Parkway United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway (corner of Irving St. and across from Forsyth Tech). Parking lot accessible via Irving St.

Meet-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7:30. Admission is free but we encourage donations to Slow Food to help defray the cost of our programs. Contact Laura Frazier for more info: 336-971-3834.

San Marzano tomatoes“Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast

foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries.

“This film travels around the globe to record this phenomenon. Italy is the home of the Slow Food movement and there is a revival of growing such regional foods as Bronte pistachios, Sorrento lemons and the original Neopolitan tomatoes. Towns,like Orvieto, have declared themselves to be “slow cities,” free of fast food outlets, neon and noise.

San Marzano tomatoes

“In Mexico indigenous farming communities have revived ancient ways, cultivating vanilla beans and the nutritious amaranth. In Australia there is an increasing interest in Aboriginal knowledge of native “bush tucker” and a school program reconnects children to the land and its riches. The Botanical Ark in Queensland grows endangered food from all over the world, saving plants from extinction. Beautifully photographed, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of the sustainability, seasonality and quality of the earth’s bounty.”

From www.filmakers.com/indivs/SlowFood.htm


inoculating mushroom logs

Mushroom Inoculation and Potluck at Handance Farm, March 24

A repeat event from last year, Pat and Brian Bush invites Slow Food members to learn about shiitake mushroom production by lending a hand with inoculating their logs with mushroom spawn. Explore their farm and relax with foodie friends at a potluck after the logs are finished.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lend us a hand inoculating logs with shiitake spawn. Get some hands-on experience and help us get the work done.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Take a tour of Handance Farm and learn more about the Slow Food movement.

    chickens at Handance Farm

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a covered dish and join us in a potluck.

Bring a potluck dish to share and folding chair if you like. Utensils and beverages provided. Wear work clothes and comfortable shoes (work gloves optional). Children are welcome at 3 p.m. for a special activity and potluck. Please leave dogs at home.

Rain date: March 31.

Directions: From Greensboro take Church St. Ext. north past Hwy 150 & 158 where it becomes Woolen Store Rd. and T’s into Ironworks Rd. Go right, then take the immediate left onto Sandy Cross Rd. Go approx. 2 miles (you’ll pass Breckenridge Mobile Home Park on right) and take left onto Baker Crossroad. Go about 200 yards and 2541 is the first house on the right (2-story white house with huge stump in front year, a big holly tree and boxwoods).


Deep Roots Taste Fair and Open House at Goat Lady Dairy this weekend!

April 25, 2006

There are two great food events both days this weekend!

April 29, 2006
11th Annual Taste Fair
Deep Roots Market Cooperative
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join Deep Roots Market Cooperative for this FREE community celebration featuring delicious samples of freshly prepared organic foods and wellness samples. Celebrate Deep Roots Market’s 30 year commitment to the Triad community. This is a great time to learn more about the co-op, fair trade and organic products, as well as local favorites. Bring the whole family and plan to spend the afternoon outside listening to live music and trying new treats while savoring old favorites! The event will be held at Deep Roots Market, 3728 Spring Garden St. Greensboro. Raindate is Sunday April 30th. Call 292-9216 for more info! Web site: http://www.deeprootsmarket.com (Slow Food will have a booth. Please contact Laurie at lponeill@slowfoodpiedmont.org if you would like to volunteer to staff the table for an hour or so.)

April 30, 2006
Open House
Goat Lady Dairy, Randolph County
1-5 p.m. FREE

Bring the whole family to experience the farm for yourselves. There are animals to touch, eggs to gather, herbs to smell and gardens to tour. You can also stroll in the woods or meadows, relax by the pond or even picnic. The farm’s family and prize winning cheese makers will be there to help you learn about their life on the farm and give you a taste of farmstead cheese. Of course, you can also purchase some cheese to take home. 3515 Jess Hackett Road in Climax. Phone (336)824-2163, http://www.GoatLadyDairy.com.