Slow Food Boone High Country will be the Friend of Earth Fare for the entire month of September. Earth fare will provide a donation to the organization and offer the Earth Fare facilities for two Slow Food events. On Friday, September 4, from 5pm to 7pm, Slow Food Boone invites anyone to a tasting of wines from the local New River Winery. In addition to the wine and hors d’oeuvres, a winemaker from New River Winery will describe the vineyard and the winemaking process. The suggested donation for this event is $5. Local art will also be available or coordinate with the Downtown ArtCrawl that evening. On September 19, from 5pm to 7pm pm, Slow Food Boone will host a cheese tasting and local hors d’oeuvres at Earth Fare. Donations at this event and throughout the month of September will be welcomed at the Earth Fare cash registers or Slow Food display table. Slow Food Boone High Country will use a portion of the proceeds to support the local school gardens at Mabel and Bethel elementary schools.
Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, New River Winery is the first commercial winery in Ashe County. The winery is in Lansing, N.C., near the headwaters of the New River, one of the oldest rivers in North America. This area is home to black bear and beaver, great blue herons and grouse, brook trout, eastern swallowtails and fireflies, and an abundance of native plants and wildflowers. Once called “The Lost Province”, the county still reflects, in many ways, the heritage and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. With respect to both the regions natural resources, and its heritage, New River Winery has attempted to capture and reflect the essence and unique characteristics of the region in its wines and corporate philosophy.
Being a Friend of Earth Fare means that each time a customer reuses a bag for groceries instead of taking a new paper or plastic one, Earth Fare donates 10¢ for each bag to non-profit Slow Food Boone. Not only does this help everyone conserve non-renewable resources used in the production of both paper and plastic bags, it helps immediately impact the health of the community through supporting Slow Food Boone. Reuseable bags will be available at the Slow Food display table throughout September in case you need one!
Slow Food Boone, a local chapter of Slow Food International, is based in the High Country and was organized two years ago. The local chapter works to advocate for farmers and artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food. Members also promote the celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. The group seeks to raise public awareness, improve access and encourage the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown. Slow Food seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system by reconnecting Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. The organization works to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.