Posted by: slowfoodboone | July 19, 2012

Still Room in Organic Gardening 101 Class, Valle Crucis

Monday through Thursday, July 30 – August 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Designed for beginning gardeners or those who would like to switch to organic methods.

Topics include: garden planning, seed starting, companion planting, how to attract beneficial bugs, pest management, soil tests and amendments, composting and vermi-composting, and dealing with common plant problems.

Cost is $20 for all four days.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot by paying in advance at NC Cooperative Extension, 971 W. King Street, Boone, NC., 264-3061

Held at the Farm Incubator and Grower Project, previous site of ASU sustainable development farm in Valle Crucis

Posted by: slowfoodboone | April 4, 2012

Local Foods Cooking Demonstrations

Local Foods Cooking Demonstrations

Celebrate Upcoming Local Food Season!

Thursday evenings, April 12thand 19th, 5:30 until 6:30

April 12: Chef Angela Kelly of Proper Restaurant will inspire us while preparing spring greens and making homemade salad dressings.

April 19: Chef Sam Ratchford of Vidalia restaurant will demonstrate several recipes using his favorite local ingredients. Samples will be provided. $5 per class. You must RSVP by e-mailing Kathy Lee at or calling 264-3061. Location: Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone


We will be having a joint potluck with the newly formed Slow Food chapter at ASU on this Saturday evening, March 24th. Please join us at 6:00pm at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (381 E King St, Boone).

The theme is from the slow food campaign to “take back the value meal”: the $5 Challenge. The goal is to create a meal that costs no more than $5, because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food! You can visit the Slow Food USA website for more information on the challenge and for meal ideas too at: (at the very bottom is the $5 Challenge).

This is going to be a great opportunity for  community members and students to come together and get to know one another better, all for the sake of good, clean, fair food in the High Country! Please plan on attending this potluck and to bring a someone new to Slow Food as well.

Several farms in the region are now offering a limited number of “shares” in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Typically, members join by paying a set fee for produce and other farm goods now, and receive a weekly supply of just-picked food as it ripens. The farmers typically meet their members once a week at a specific site. Joining a CSA is a great way to help small, local farms survive financially, since they have many expenses this time of year and haven’t really been paid since the end of the growing season. You invest in them and they reward you every week with healthy, beautiful, sustainably grown food.

 Creeksong Farm offers a variety of produce, beef and eggs.  Pickups begin in early June between 4:30 and 6:30 on Tuesdays and continue for 20 weeks at the Agricultural Conference Center loading dock in Boone. Full shares cost $500.00 and you receive $25.00 worth of food each week. Half shares cost $300.00 and you receive $15.00 worth of food each week.  50% deposit is due March 20st, and the rest of the payment is due May 1st. Jeff and Bettie Thomas, (336) 385-6302

High Country CSA represents a group of growers and producers. There are several options for the 2012 season, which runs from June through mid- October. The garden share contains 4-6 vegetables weekly.  This option is perfect for small households, $300. The full harvest contains 7-10 seasonal produce items, including fruit and herbs. It is appropriate for large households, or small households that rely on produce for a significant portion of their diet, $600. The variety share highlights 4-6 seasonal produce items, while also including special items like free-range eggs, breads, goat cheese, molasses, etc.   This option will introduce you to the best variety in High Country food, $600. Weekly produce pickup is on Tuesdays from 3-6:30 pm at Bare Essentials in Boone. A Blowing Rock delivery site is being considered. 828.963.4656

Moretz’s Mountain Orchard and Farms offers produce, jams, jellies, butters, herbs, ornamentals and free range poultry. The 20 week season begins the second week of June and costs $25.00 per week, or some may prefer a smaller amount for $15.00 per week. If you aren’t going to be around the entire summer, joining for 10 weeks may work for you, with the same price options available. Contact Bill Moretz for more information at (828)264-3424.

North Fork Farm boxes of frozen beef, pork and chicken are available for 5 months, from April until August. Full Shares consist of five monthly deliveries of up to 20lbs for $550. Half Shares consist of five monthly deliveries of approximately 10lbs for $300. North Fork Farm is committed to distributing quality beef, pork and chicken to CSA members. They promise to run their operation in an efficient and trustworthy manner. All meat is USDA inspected, vacuum packed, and raised without antibiotics or added hormones.  The first payment is due March 2 with the first delivery planned for April 16 at the Agricultural Conference Center parking lot in Boone. Jimmy and Sheila Greene,

Spring House Farm in Vilas is a certified organic farm offering CSA shares for the first time this year, beginning in early June and lasting for 20 weeks. A half share includes 4-6 vegetables weekly, approximately $15 worth, and costs $300. A full share includes 7 – 10 vegetables weekly, approximately $25 worth, and costs $500. Shares will be available for pick up at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market on Saturdays between 8am and 11:30am or on Tuesdays between 12pm and 6pm at the produce stand located on Springhouse Farm. Please contact Amy with questions or to reserve your share, (828)719-6825,

 While shopping at the farmers’ market is an enjoyable week-end experience, some who live in the county prefer not to drive to Boone on Saturday mornings. Plus, a CSA pick-up only takes a couple of minutes. Definitely the best nourishment money can buy!Image

Posted by: slowfoodboone | February 6, 2012

Indian Cooking Demonstration, Potluck and Slide Show

Join Slow Food Boone, High Country for a demonstration of Indian cooking with Sushmita Chatterjee on Sunday, February 12th at 4:00 P.M.

Slow Food member Maggie McFadden has just returned from India and will share slides of markets and food experiences, plus her visit to the Vandana Shiva Center.

Participants are encouraged to bring an Indian dish to share, or any delicious dish is welcomed.

Location: Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone

$5 donation appreciated 

To walk or run in the race, visit

To volunteer to spread the news about Slow Food and serve local apples, e-mail Margie Mansure at

Hope to see you there!


Posted by: slowfoodboone | September 20, 2011

For Summary of “Pig Business” Click Below

Our convivium showed the documentary “Pig Business” on September 11th, which is summarized in Mountain Times column, Serves You Right.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | September 2, 2011

Pig Pickin’ and Pork Industry Movie Sunday, September 11 at 2 pm

Come join Slow Food, Boone, High Country on Sunday, September 11, 2001 for an afternoon about Healthy Pork!

Beginning at 2:00 PM at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., we will watch the film, “Pig Business”, an international investigation regarding the rise of factory pig farming – beginning in North Carolina and spreading across the sea to Europe.

Following the film, we will carpool to Lansing.
There we will first view happy and healthy pigs enjoying the life they deserve, then enjoy a ‘Pig Pickin’ potluck dinner at Virginia Tate’s lovely property. Ann Rose will prepare the pig for us.

So, come enjoy a social and enlightening afternoon!

Bring a dish to complement the main course (we have a fridge at the conference center or bring cooler) along with a $5.00 donation (to cover the cost of the pork)  and have a great time.

RSVP by Thursday, September 8th to Margie Mansure,


Directions from Boone to Virginia Tate’s  property:

Take 421 South to 221 East, toward West Jefferson.  (It is twelve miles from the intersection of 421 and 221 to West Jefferson)

At the intersection, turn left on to 88/194 and go through town (note: not all the stop signs are in place – take note of  new traffic pattern of four way stops).

Continue out of town on Rt.  88/194 to Lansing.

Once in Lansing, continue straight through the traffic light – do not turn on to 194 –and continue for twelve miles.

The road is Big Horse Creek Road and will change names a few times from that point on; just continue on that road following the creek all the way up to the drive called Buddy’s Run.

Our destination will be on the left.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | September 2, 2011

Slow Food Fast Run 5K Changed to October 1st

The event has changed dates but everything else remains the same.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | August 23, 2011

Slow Food Fast Runners 5k

The ASU Running Club is sponsoring a 5k run on September 24th on the Boone Greenway trail.

The Slow Food Fast Runners 5k’s mission is to promote students and residents in Boone to embrace a healthy lifestyle that sustains our local agriculture and economy. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Slow Food USA chapter of the High Country.
You may register on-line at or mail to ASU running club, P.O. Box 9017, Boone, NC  28608

Time: Registration/Packet Pick up starts at 7:30am

Race Start is at 8:30am

After the race, we will have a short yoga stretch session, raffles and awards for the top race finishers! Vendors and local organizations will also have tables of information before and after the race.

Race Fee: Early Bird Registration before 9/4 is $15 with your choice of t-shirt size and color guaranteed! After 9/4, the price goes up to $20 and t-shirts are first come first serve. (Note: when paying with paypal online, there will be an extra dollar charge for service fees).


Mayors Clawson & Burnley Park at the Greenway

After turning on Hunting Hills Drive, continue past the parking lot for the Swim Complex and then the park will be on your left. It’s the one with the new shelters and gravel track loop around the natural pond area. This is where the race start and finish will be!


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