Food News For Spring 2009

There are some pretty exciting things going on this spring in our little world of food. Here are a few that I know about:

If you're still looking for a CSA subscription, the Farmer's Marketer recommends you hurry to sign up for: 

Frog Holler Organic Farm CSA.  From June thru October, $450 for either "salad mix share" or "extra veggie share."  Pick up at AA Farmer's Market. Or, $400 if you pick up at the farm. 

- Old Pine Farm meat CSA, season starts in July, prices start at $485. Humanely raised, pastured and heirloom breeds of beef, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, and eggs.

- Community Farm Kitchen and Bakery. CFK prepares meals from your Community Farm share. And CFK Bakery offers a baked goods CSA!

- Or if you're not thinking CSA, but are looking for sustainably raised, heirloom meat (lamb, goat, rabbit, duck, pork, chicken, turkey, and goose!) try Back Forty Acres.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is offering everything you need to know about Beekeeping with a fabulous 5-part class starting May 3rd. Class sessions start with building the hive boxes and progress to harvesting the honey.   Also at Matthaei: more on Yard Hens and Michigan wildflowers and morels!

Did you know that By The Pound in the South Main Market is now selling Westwind Milling's organic, Michigan milled and grown cornmeal, whole wheat, all-purpose, rye, and spelt flours? 

Downtown Home and Garden is selling (organic!) seed potatoes in yummy varieties like: Irish Cobbler, Onaway, Kennebec, Rose Finn Apple, French Fingerling, Russian Banana and more! The DH found this great potato box that is supposed to grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 square feet. I'm lobbying for one! Downtown Home - your move. 

Slow Food Huron Valley's calendar of events has been recently updated. Everyone is welcome at SFHV events, including: a Market Walk with AA Farmer's Market Manager Molly Notarianni on Saturday, April 25 and  a panel discussion hosted by the Library, the Market, and SFHV called Secrets of the Farmer's Market on Monday, May 11.   Also, the Whole Foods Cranbrook store has chosen Slow Food Huron Valley as the recipient of its Community Support Day on Thursday, May 14th. If you shop on May 14th, SFHV gets 5% of the proceeds that day!  Finally, be sure to mark your calendar on Saturday, July 25th for the 3rd Annual Pie Lovers Unite! and Saturday, September 12th for the 2009 HomeGrown Festival. 

And, if you haven't done it already, see what's getting started over at the Washtenaw County Local Food Portal, where you can join the Washtenaw Local Food Summit Ning Group. See all the food stuff that's going on in our area (and add your own events) at the Washtenaw Local Food Calendar.  Some of us are working on a plan for  Local Food Month for September 2009. Want to join? 

Doh, how could I forget to mention some of the most excellent local food news? SELMA Café on Friday mornings only from 6:30am-10:00am is serving up some of the yummiest, friendliest, and most community-oriented food around - sourced from local farms and made by fabulous young chef-ly talent. Last week's sweet and savory crepe duo was one of my favorite breakfasts EVAR! Oh wait, what about the Eggs Benedict with home-cured ham and homemade hollandaise a few weeks ago? Or the Spanish Tortilla with a heavenly herbal aioli and homemade chorizo? Jeff's homemade bread and Lisa's wonderful granola.  Mmmm, SELMA I think I love you.  See gorgeous photos at Myra Klarman's beautiful Relish blog.  Plus a SELMA podcast with some Farmer's Marketer character. 

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