This month’s last Tuesday meet-up will be at Koho Bistro. The new owners bring a new and exciting cuisine to a long-time restaurant friend of Slow Food Eugene. This restaurant, located across from Churchill High School, has reopened to great reviews. Their chef, Chef Jeff Strom won the 2012 Iron Oregon Chef Award.
Koho Bistro’s cuisine exemplifies a seasonal, artistic, approach that showcases local ingredients at a value-conscious price. They are also one of our sponsors, so come out and meet these supporters of good, clean, and fair food.
Our speaker this month is Genie Harden who will update us on legislation addressing canola production and GMO agriculture. Genie is at the heart of local farming issues. As an organizer of the 3rd Oregon Green Granger Summit, Genie helped draft legislation that would help redistribute funds from big agribusiness to smaller local farmers. She organizes the monthly InFARMation talks at Cozmic Pizza for Friends of Family Farmers and is a member of the Lane County Food Policy Council.
Last Tuesday Meet-Ups are a great opportunity to meet and greet fellow Slow Food members and friends. We start at 5:30pm. Each month, we bring in a speaker on important and interesting topics in the local food world. The speaker presents for about 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for questions and socializing.
The Important Details:
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Location: Koho Bistro, 2101 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, (541) 684-8888
It’s on the calendar. Slow Food Eugene’s One Field Meal will be held on September 8 at Agrarian Ales Hop Farm and Brewery.
Lots of details to follow.
Thank you to Koho Bistro for supporting Slow Food Eugene. Koho Bistro is located at 2101 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene. You can reach them at 541-684-8888.
We are delighted to have them as a sponsor. Koho Bistro uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients from local farmers, artisans, winemakers and brewers. Their cuisine exemplifies a seasonal, artistic, approach that showcases local ingredients at a value-conscious price.
While you are at it, take a look at the list of sponsors in the left hand column. These local businesses are supporting Slow Food Eugene’s fight for good, clean, and fair food. Their help is vitally important to our efforts to support organizations like the School Garden Project and the Farm to School Program.
Please show your support to our sponsors by clicking on their ads and patronizing their businesses
Mark your calendars! This is one of the great events of the year. Carts serving locally sourced foods, paired with Ninkasi’s beers. All on a fine Sunday afternoon with good weather (promised) and live music.
From our friends at Food And Water Watch:
Monsanto wants the Oregon legislature to pass a bill that would take away communities’ rights to ban GE crops and label GE foods. We need to stand up for local farming communities and put a stop to this bill today.
Monsanto is a huge agribusiness that profits off of manufacturing and selling genetically engineered crops, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer and has a bad reputation of trampling on small independent farmers if their crops get contaminated with GE pollen. We cannot let this company pressure our state legislature into passing a bill that would take away our local rights.
Please tell your senator to vote NO on SB 633.
This article is one of a series highlighting the businesses sponsoring the Slow Food Eugene Newsletter. Please support them. They help us fight for good, clean, and fair food.
Amy McCann first came to Eugene Local Foods as a customer in 2008.
“I thought it was such a great way for local people who want to buy local food but don’t have the time to go seven different places and do all the research,” says McCann.
Now a partner, McCann and ELF help to connect small producers looking to get a foothold in the marketplace with consumers looking for food products that have been raised under 100 miles from Eugene/Springfield.
When it comes to supporting Slow Food ideals of good, clean and fair, ELF showcases commitment in all three.
For example, instead of the 16 cents for each dollar spent that goes back to the producer in many supermarket situations, ELF producers get 70.
“That’s a big difference when the producer, the person who does most of the work, gets most of the money and that’s the way it should be.”
When it comes to clean, McCann says they don’t have specific rules when it comes to being certified organic, but they ask each producer to be honest and open about their growing practices.
“They shouldn’t say organic if they aren’t certified organic. It’s really important to customers that we’re really open and honest with them.”
“I don’t know any one that uses chemicals,” says McCann.
Despite a limited growing season, ELF is still a great place to source local fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, dairy products and meat products this winter.
McCann’s family likes to get a variety of vegetables every week and specifically called out chickens from Deck Family Farms, merguez lamb sausage from Cheviot Hill Farm and the vegetables from Sweet Water Farms and Diamond Hill Farm.
Visit the website for a full list of available products and to order. Your order must be in before 11:40 on a Monday for Tuesday delivery.
Thanks to our contributing writer and Slow Food member, Jackie Varriano, for authoring this article.
When you buy Farm to School Fuji apples at participating retailers in the Eugene area including Kiva, Friendly St. Market, Sundance, Cappella, Red Barn, New Frontier and Eugene Local Foods, profits from the sale will support the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program.
For more information: click this link.
As a public service, we are listing some upcoming events we thought that you might be interested in. Listing an event in our newsletter is not an indication that we are sponsoring or endorsing the event.
Springfield Farmers Market
Fridays, 3pm-7pm, year round Sprout Regional Food Hub
418 A Street, downtown Springfield
Accepts Oregon Trail (SNAP), WIC and Senior Coupons
in Springfield. It’s open year around. 418 A Street, Springfield
Lane County Farmers Market
Winter Market at 8th & Oak
Saturdays, 10 am – 2pm, February 2 – March 30
Accepts Credit, Debit, Oregon Trail (SNAP), WIC and Senior Coupons
The Corner Market
Wednesdays, noon to 6pm, year round
295 River Road, near Chambers Street bridge
Hideaway Bakery Market
Saturdays, 9am-2pm, year round
3377 East Amazon, behind Mazzi’s Restaurant
Cottage Grove Growers Market
Saturdays, 9am-6pm, year round
12th & Main Street
Accepts Debit & Credit cards, Oregon Trail (SNAP) WIC and Senior Coupons
Corvallis Indoor Winter Market
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm January 12 to April 13, 2013
Benton County Fairgrounds, Guerber Hall
110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis
Willamette Farm And Food Coalition
Support this great organization.
Weston A. Price Foundation Potluck
What: A monthly potluck in Eugene (and other locales) to foster discussion and understanding of traditional healing foods used by long-lived and healthy societies. Based on researched gathered by Weston A Price, DDS.
Who: Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter
When: Held second Monday of each month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Rotates among members’ homes. Email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org for current location and to get newsletters of activities.
Cost: Bring a Weston A. Price Traditional-Style dish to share.
More Information: Lisa at email@example.com
What: Ongoing edible planting events providing an opportunity to volunteer in creating new gardens, developing edible forests, caring for existing gardens, making compost and meeting like-minded gardening folks.
Who: Victory Garden Team
When: call 541-653-0149 or email for the schedule
Where: 505 River Road, Eugene
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlotte 541.653.0149