Issue 1, Volume 1
July 29, 2014
Local Food Hub News and Notes
Five years ago our community was asked to come together in the name of healthy food, local farmers, and a sound economy. Come together we did, and on July 8, 2009 Local Food Hub received its first delivery straight from farm Dick Proutt's field!

We've all seen a return on this investment, in the form of better access to local food. Maybe you've spotted local veggies on your child's school lunch tray, picked up local honey at your neighborhood market, or driven past farmland that has remained in production thanks to the dedicated support of this community. 

As Local Food Hub looks to the next five years and beyond, community support continues to drive the majority of its programs and progress. Your contributions, whether in the form of a donation directly to Local Food Hub, or in the form of food dollars spent on Local Food Hub products at the grocery store or restaurant, enables it to be a leader in protecting and preserving the Virginia foodshed and contributing to the health of our families. 

Send us a birthday gift to wish us another great five years.
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Farmer Spotlight: Malcolms Market Garden 

 
Meet Daniel and Ashley Malcolm, of Malcolms Market  Garden. These Albemarle County natives have been perfecting their farming practices since 2006. After running a successful CSA in Delaware for severla years, the couple returned to Virginia in 2013 to operate their own farm on family land in Staunton. As one of the few remaining farms in Staunton, Daniel and Ashley are committed to protecting and preserving their farmland while growing delicious fruits and vegetables. The Malcolm's grow over 30 different crops on eight acres of land, with high volumes of onions, peppers, and sweet corn. Other items include peas, spinach, tomatoes, melons, kale, beets, broccoli, and more. 

The Malcolm's became Local Food Hub partner producers in 2013 and quickly made an impression. Last year, they won the Community Food Rookie of the Year Award for their sense of enthusiasm and commitment to working with us. Now half way through their second season, they appear to be well beyond "Rookie" status. 

Visit Malcolms Market Garden's website here to learn more, or visit their farmer profile here on our website. 

Featured Product of the Month: Nectarines


Sweet summer nectarines are here! Silky-skinned, juicy, and succulent, they are prefect in salads, cobblers, and pies. Picked at Saunders Brothers Orchard just days before arriving to you, all their fruit ripens in a day or two at room temperature. Also just in from Saunders Brothers, their famed Donut Peaches - sweet and juicy beyond compare. 

Community Connection: The PB&J Fund

 

















When School is out, cooking class is in at the PB&J Fund. 
Two seventh-grade girls sit at a long wooden table just inside the front door to the PB&J Fund, anxiously waiting to make their first customer delivery of the day. They diligently tie recipe cards onto glass jars of kale-walnut pesto pasta, which they've just prepared in the PB&J kitchen. After carefully adding the jars of pasta and recipe cards to bags busting with fresh produce, these girls are ready to hit the streets. 
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From the Blog

Local Food Hub Celebrates Five Years and Introduces a Fresh, New Look
Five years ago, our community was asked to come together in the name of healthy food, local farmers, and a sound economy. Come together we did, and on July 8, 2009, Local Food Hub received its first delivery of squash straight from farmer Dick Proutt's field!
Lettuce Rejoice: Fresh, Local Organic Greens Now at Whole Foods Market Short Pump!
Hey Richmond! Local Food Hub has just delivered fresh, certified organic local greens for the very first time to Whole Foods Market Short Pump for your salad-mixing, sandwich-making, and sauteing delight! 
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Upcoming Events

Heirloom Tomato Dinner with
The Market at Grelen

Wednesday, August 20
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Local Food Hub and The Market at Grelen are creating a series of small farm to table dinners that feature and celebrate Virginia's local produce, meat, and cheese. The first dinner is scheduled for August, and celebrated Chef Paul Deigl, of Real Food Catering, will be preparing a wonderful four-course "heirloom tomato dinner." Local wine pairings for each course will be included. Learn more here on our events page, or visit The Market at Grelen's event page here
Albemarle County
Main Street Agriculture Celebration
Friday, September 19, dinner time
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall 

Local Food Hub is teaming up with the Albemarle County Farm Bureau Federation during its weekend-long "Albemarle County Main Street Agriculture" event this September. On Friday, September 19, downtown mall restaurants will offer a special local fish featuring Local Food Hub products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Farm Bureau's Agriculture in the Classroom Program. Learn more here on our events page.

Special Event!

Local Food Hub turned five this July; help us celebrate our birthday this fall! Join us for a communal dinner at beautiful Verulam Farm, located on 500 pristine acres in the heart of Virginia wine country overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

The seasonal, local, five-course menu has been designed by Chef Melissa Close-Hart of Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards, one of the world's most creative and fluent professionals in Italian cuisine. She will partner with local food artisans and other chefs to create a unique culinary experience sure to showcase Virginia's finest offerings. Local wineries and breweries will round out the menu. 

Corporate and Patron tables are on pre-sale through August 29. Individual tickets will be available beginning August 30. To reserve your table now, please contact Terri Di Cinto at terri@localfoodhub.org or 434-244-0625. 
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