Volume 2, Issue 5
May 28, 2015
Local Food Hub News and Notes

Do you love local bacon?!

We sure do! Join us this Saturday, May 30, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Charlottesville’s first-ever bacon festival! Hosted by the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, a selection of the finest locally owned restaurants will be on site offering bacon-themed dishes. Patrons have the opportunity to purchase votes for their favorite restaurant to support Local Food Hub and crown the Cured Cup winner. 

Restaurants include Brookville, Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie, Ivy Provisions, Blue Moon Diner, Maya, Citizen Burger Bar, The Ivy Inn, and more, plus local hog butcher and Local Food Hub partner producer, The Rock Barn. Starr Hill beer, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and live music will round out this tasty day. We hope to see you there!
 
To purchase entrance tickets, including children's, and for more information, visit the
 Cured website, or click below.
Buy Tickets!

Farmer Spotlight: Goldman Farm

Goldman Farm is a sixth generation family farm in Charlotte County, VA. Brick Goldman, the current owner and farm manager, is known as a community leader, especially among fellow farmers. Brick began working with Local Food Hub in 2013, when a network of growers in the Lynchburg and Danville areas got together to pursue new market opportunities. Brick and nearby farmers DJ Livengood, of Walnut Winds Farm, and John Eby, of Eby’s Produce, often coordinate deliveries to Local Food Hub, where their products then make their way to schools, hospitals, restaurants, and markets throughout the region. Local Food Hub takes care of liability and insurance requirements, marketing, and transportation so that these farmers can focus more on growing food and less on logistics. 
 
Brick uses many sustainable farming techniques on his farm, including crop rotation and off-season cover crops, to ensure the soil is rich and ready for the next season’s planting. He has a high regard for food safety, and is currently pursuing GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification, a government- and industry-recognized standard in food safety. While Brick is already following many GAP requirements, Local Food Hub is helping him navigate the lengthy application process and providing cost-sharing opportunities. Brick hopes to achieve GAP certification later this year, which will further expand his market opportunities and bring greater value to his products.
 
Goldman Farm grows many traditional southern favorites, including collard greens, kale, summer squash, peas, and more. Next week, students at Charlottesville City Elementary Schools will taste some of Brick's farm fresh sugar snap peas during their Harvest of the Month Snack Program (see the below Featured Product section for more)! This is a very special snack, as students participated in a friendly pea growing competition this spring, which culminates with their locally grown snack.

We look forward to seeing more of Brick Goldman's delicious produce as the summer growing season gets underway! 

Featured Product: Berry and Tree Fruit Goodness!

Almost as quickly as our spring weather came and went, so too did strawberry season. From early May until this week, our warehouse has been flush with the brightest and sweetest berries we’ve ever seen. Several of our partner farms brought them in by the truckload, including Agriberry, Crown Orchard, Walnut Winds Farm, Yoders’ Farm, and Critzer Family Farm. New this year, we had organically managed strawberries from Middle Fork Farm in Albemarle County. While our berry reserves are mostly done, many of these farms still have on-farm “you-pick” opportunities. So if you didn’t get enough berry goodness this month, be sure to head out to places like Critzer Family Farm in Nelson County, Yoders’ Farm in Campbell County, and Middle Fork Farm to pick the very last of the season. 
Photo Credit: City Schoolyard Garden
Last week, students at Charlottesville City Elementary Schools tasted our sweet strawberries during their Harvest of the Month Snack Program. Each month, students receive a fresh, healthy snack featuring a food item that is native to Virginia, often grown by Local Food Hub partner farms. City Schoolyard Garden prepares nutrition, garden, and culinary education to complement the snacks. Students have been working hard in their school gardens this spring to grow their own strawberry plants, so by the time these berries arrived for their snack, they were already strawberry experts!
 
If the end of strawberry season is getting you down, just think of all of the amazing fruit that has yet to come! Soon we will start to see raspberries, blackberries, and cherries, which often come and go before you know it. Be sure to stock up at home, and gobble up all of the amazing pies, salads, jams, and other decadent dishes our creative local chefs and bakers come up with. In July, we will welcome a delicious and long peach season. Stay tuned!

Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program

Fresh Farmacy Prescription bag
In April, we launched our newest effort to increase access to local food. Through the Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program, patients and their families at three area health clinics are “prescribed” a biweekly supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs grown by our partner farms. The prescriptions include recipes and educational programs that help to encourage home cooking and develop familiarity with new foods.
 
Thus far, we have delivered
822 pounds of fresh produce, 85 pounds of meat, and 108 pounds of farm fresh eggs to 75 families in our community. The fresh produce included 360 pounds of apples, 100 pounds of kale, 120 pounds of romaine lettuce, 80 pounds of sweet potatoes, and so much more! In the first month of this program, nearly $4,000 was generated in our local economy by paying our farmers a fair price for their food.
 
This program, which is supported by a state grant to the Thomas Jefferson Health District, will continue throughout the summer. We look forward to connecting more local families to Virginia farmers and healthful foods! 

Events

Second Annual Food From Our Farms Dinner
Sunday, June 7
Local Food Hub will host the second annual Food From Our Farms fundraising dinner at the Barn at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA. A sumptuous spring harvest will be expertly prepared by area chefs, with music by local bluegrass artists. Please visit localfoodhub.org/dinner for more information. 

Local Food Hub Welcomes Marisa Taylor! 

We are thrilled to announce that the Local Food Hub family has grown! Marisa Taylor joins Local Food Hub as Director of Philanthropy. She brings more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has a technical background and robust fundraising skill set that will help us further our mission to partner with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food.

Marisa earned a B.S. in Information Technology from Western Governors University and a Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining Local Food Hub, Marisa held leadership roles with the Virginia Institute of Autism, Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, and the World Adult Kickball Association.
 
Marisa’s favorite season for local product is spring, when strawberries are ripe and juicy. Growing up in southern Louisiana, she learned how to make everything-strawberry. One of Marisa’s most cherished memories is making jam with her mother and grandmother, a tradition she continues with her daughter, Iris.
 
Join us in welcoming Marisa!
Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. After six 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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