Issue 1, Volume 4
November 4, 2014
Local Food Hub News and Notes

Shop at Whole Foods Market Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 5, to Support Farm to School Week!

To make local foods in schools the norm and not the exception, it takes community partnerships and support from our neighbors. This year, we are pleased to be partnering with Whole Foods Market Charlottesville during their 5% Day on Wednesday, November 5, to raise awareness and funds for Virginia Farm to School Week activities. Five-percent of all grocery sales made on November 5 will help us offer schools the unique opportunity to enjoy Virginia-grown foods year-round, to learn about where their food comes from, and to meet the hardworking families that bring the farm to school. 

Local Food Hub staff will be in the store all day tomorrow serving samples of food items that students will taste during Farm to School Week, sharing information about our organization and the services we provide, and spreading the word about the benefits of farm to school programs. Come grab lunch with us, pick up some items for dinner, or check off your weekly grocery list. We hope to see you there! 

Read more about our plans for Farm to School Week, and get details about Whole Foods Market Charlottesville 5% Day on November 5 here.

Farmer Spotlight: Hartland Natural Farm

When you see the beautiful variety and taste the incredible quality of produce from Hartland Natural Farm, you might imagine it to have been grown by a seasoned farmer. However, this produce is grown and harvested by college students at the Hartland Institute, a Christian missionary college in Madison County. As part of the college’s core-curriculum, students manage a diversified year-round vegetable farm, mostly growing in high tunnels (unheated greenhouses), allowing them to have a plentiful supply of fresh produce year-round.
 
The students not only grow crops for resale, but also to supply their own cafeteria. The student-run cafeteria and on-campus farm creates a unique connection among students to their food and how it was grown. The student farm operators get to experience a career in agriculture while completing their studies, enabling them to graduate with business, marketing, nutrition, and agriculture skills in addition to their missionary studies. 

Hartland Natural Farm began working with Local Food Hub in the early spring of 2014. During a time when product was scarce due to early season cool temperatures, Hartland had a beautiful array of produce to offer, including some of the most attractive and flavorful leeks we've ever seen. By primarily growing in high tunnels, the students are able to produce a good supply of Swiss chard, mixed greens, garlic, beets, spinach, carrots, and kale year-round. Many of their products will make their way into our school cafeterias next week for Farm to School Week, when menus will boast local, fresh spinach salad, tender baby kale, and more. 

Featured Product of the Month: Apples

Name your favorite apple, and there is a good chance it is available in bountiful quantities in November in Virginia. With varieties like sweet Fujis and crisp Granny Smiths making their welcomed arrival to our warehouse, we will see them last through Thanksgiving time, making them the perfect candidates for holiday treats and pies. 

If warm apple pie isn't enough to satisfy your Virginia apple craving, then the Commonwealth's cresting local cider industry has you covered. Varieties like the tannic Winesap and Black Twig matched with the sprightly and well-balanced Pippin make for the best warm or cool cider, ideal for the Thanksgiving table, after-school snack, or anytime fall drink. 

You'll want to savor these varieties before they give way to the abundant supply of Goldrush and Pink Lady. Goldrush is a large, luminous apple that is firm, flavorful, and slightly spicy; the aptly named Pink Lady, with bright pink skin and lily white flesh. Both apples store well and retain their flavor, allowing us to promise healthy, delicious snack apples well into the new year.  

Speaking of snacks, area schoolchildren will have the opportunity to taste a plethora of these apples next week during Virginia Farm to School Week. Apples grown and harvested by Dickie Brothers Orchard and Saunders Brothers Orchard in Nelson County, and Henley's OrchardChiles Orchard, and Virginia Vintage Apples in Albemarle County, and fresh-pressed apple cider from Morris Orchard in Amherst County will all make their way into school cafeterias across our area.

Community Connection: Community Food Awards and 5th Birthday Celebration

Please Join us for a Celebration at the Local Food Hub Warehouse in Ivy, VA!

Local Food Hub is pleased to announce that the 2014 Community Food Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 20, followed by a party to celebrate Local Food Hub's fifth year. The Community Food Awards provide an opportunity to recognize farmers, businesses, and institutions for their commitment to local food, healthy communities, and Virginia agriculture. The ceremony will be followed by a bonfire and meal celebrating Local Food Hub's five years of operation and the community that has supported it. This event is free and family-friendly, and will take place at the Local Food Hub Warehouse in Ivy (566 Dettor Road, Ivy, VA). To RSVP, please click here. For questions or to RSVP by phone, please call 434-244-0625. 

Upcoming Events

Virginia Film Festival's Post-Screening of FED UP Reception
Saturday, November 8, 4:00 p.m.
Culbreth Theater
109 Culbreth Road
Charlottesville, VA 

Local Food Hub will join local organizations dedicated to bringing attention to healthy, local food options in our community for an informational reception following the screening of FED UP. The reception is free and open to the public; tickets are required for the film screening and are unfortunately sold out. For more information about this event, visit our Events page, here. 

Paramount Presents: Third Annual Alternative Gift Fair
Thursday, December 4, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theater
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA

At the Paramount Theater's Third Annual Alternative Gift Fair, nonprofits will be set up around the theater to share information about their projects and mission with community members. Community members, or "shoppers," in return can select nonprofits to support with contributions that can be made in honor of friends and family, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift. Shoppers will have the opportunity to support various Local Food Hub programs, including our efforts to bring more local products into school cafeterias and teach students about where their food comes from, provide free training and technical assistance to our 70+ partner producers, provide fresh, local produce to organizations feeding the hungry, and more. This season, your holiday gift can help provide access to farm sourced food for our community. For more information, visit the Paramount's website here

Thank You!

A very special thank you to all those who helped to make our Food From Our Farms fundraising dinner a success. With your support, we continue to provide access to local farm sourced food for everyone.
Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that provides access to nutritious, locally farm sourced food for everyone. After five years, we're still a thriving distribution network for local food, but we are also so much more: a leader in the farm to school movement, a donor to regional food banks, a guide for businesses, a resource for farmers, and a catalyst for fresh ideas for how our community feeds itself.

Join us in our efforts of providing access to farm sourced food for everyone. 
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