Wow, there’s so much going on that I feel compelled to do a round-up. Typical fall in the Carolinas!
The 8th annual and always entertaining Eastern Triangle Farm Tour is happening Sept. 21-22. Six new farms are included among the 27 open for touring. As always, proceeds benefit Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. In other CFSA news, the 28th annual and always educational Sustainable Ag Conference will be Nov. 15-17 in my hometown of Durham. Go here for more info and know that SEPT 6 is the last day for early-bird rates! Also, a tip: tickets to the Local Food Feast and the Sandor Katz Fermentation Workshop on Nov. 15 are going fast, and many other events will likely sell out. So don’t miss out!
In the Queen City, one of my and all of metro Charlotte’s favorite farms, Grateful Growers, run by Natalie Veres and Cassie Parsons, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help with a new restaurant. Farmer – Baker – Sausage Maker will be a restaurant /bakery/butcher shop in downtown Lincolnton, not far from the farm. Natalie and Cassie will source ingredients from farms within 100 miles of their doors, much as they already do at their awesome Harvest Moon Grille in downtown Charlotte.
TerraVITA, the annual must-attend culinary event in Chapel Hill, has announced its amazing lineup of participants. Some of my personal favorites include Chef & The Farmer, Firsthand Foods, French Broad Chocolates, Market, and The Eddy. Great beer, wine, and spirits too. The multi-event production runs Oct. 10-12, with the Grand Tasting on the Green on Saturday, Oct. 12. Check out the schedule and take your pick!
I enjoyed reading about NC apple varieties now growing in Africa. Here’s the first paragraph: The heirloom apples in the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm are prized for their role in ensuring plant diversity in the U.S. Now they are prized for their special adaptability to climates in Africa. Several of Horne Creek’s eight tested apple varieties now are growing in Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda with the help of an innovative nonprofit.
Happy Indian Summer!