No surprise that spring is positively bursting with farm/food news. At the top of my list is the Piedmont Farm Tour in the Triangle this weekend, sponsored by the awesome Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). Everything about this yearly happening is stupendous: you get to visit some 40 farms (don’t try to see them all!) for $25 a carload, the scenery is great, you’re helping a good cause, and it’s TONS OF FUN. If you come to Fickle Creek Farm (do!), you’ll find me there selling and signing books. (A portion of my proceeds will go to CFSA.) You’ll also find pigs and chickens and more! Added bonus: Pie Pushers’s amazing pizza (with Fickle Creek products!) will be for sale.
Another cool CFSA event you should get tickets for — by the deadline of April 24 — is the group’s inaugural Meet and Eat, a dining and network extravaganza at Margaret’s Cantina in Chapel Hill (it’s in my book!) on Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6. Tix are $25 for an incredible and locally sourced, Southwestern-themed spread, and fun folks!
Also on sale are tickets ($60) to the annual and oh-so-yummy Farm to Fork Picnic, a fundraiser for farmer apprentice programs in Orange County. The event isn’t until Sunday, June 26, but tickets go FAST. I’m sad to miss it this year, but for a good reason. I’ll be in Asheville — at that region’s fantastic farm tour!
One more great offering from CFSA — an “IRS” we can celebrate instead of scorn! The nonprofit has started a much-welcomed Internship Referral Service to connect sustainable farms throughout the Carolinas with aspiring farmers looking for learning opportunities.
And, finally, exciting news from the sea! The Walking Fish Cooperative, a community supported fishery (CSF) that links fishermen on the NC coast to consumers in the Triangle, has just announced a Raleigh drop-off location. My family has subscribed on several occasions and we were very pleased with the bounty and the overall setup. If you’re interested in reading about the national movement, check out my 2010 article on CSFs for OnEarth magazine.
See what I mean? We’re just bursting all over!