It’s almost August, which means it’s almost time for the Eat Local Extravaganza!
2011 is looking to be a good year. With local produce just starting to really roll in due to the long, wet winter and mild start to the summer, absence has made the heart grow fonder, and I am yearning for lots of local treats. Sadly, stone fruits are scarce this season, but leafy greens are bountiful, tender, and sweet.
Have you been wondering about some of the local products carried at BriarPatch but having been quite willing to pull the trigger on a purchase? August is your opportunity to try tons of items, as every weekday will have local and regional food samples ranging from olive oil to ice cream and everything in between.
The Gold Country Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation will be holding a screening of “Farmageddon” at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the customer service window for $10. A no host welcome reception will precede the film at 6:00 p.m. and after the film, Mark McAfee from Organic Pastures will be available for an open discussion.
Wendy of In The Kitchen will be teaching a class on canning tomatoes on August 3 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The class is $50 and should be great for all of you new to the world of canning. Plus, it will be fun, and you’ll go home with canned tomato goodness.
BriarPatch is sponsoring a farm tour at Riverhill Farm in Nevada City on Sunday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. Alan and Jo are amazing people and are sure to give a very interesting tour of their farm. As the location of my CSA, I can personally attest to how beautiful the land is – a definite not-to-be-missed opportunity.
Local tomatoes should just be getting bountiful around August 28 when In The Kitchen is hosting their very first open kitchen event. The Community Canning Day is $15 and goes from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Imagine a mess of tomatoes brought from yours and every other attendee’s gardens, questions answered, and canning commenced. It should be a lively time indeed. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.
Of course, you can look forward to many local food oriented blogs from Kathy and me on the BriarPatch webpage as well as blogs from Wendy of In The Kitchen, Kathy, and me on the Eat Local! America national co-op site.
Hooray for local food! Let’s get cooking.