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Slow Food Eugene

December 2014
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Italian Inspired Annual End Of Year Potluck–Eugene Garden Club, December 9, 6:30 pm

It’s been a great year of eating and supporting our local producers.  Let’s celebrate with Italian potluck dishes. After all, we are celebrating Terra Madre Day.  This year Slow Food USA is focussing on foods listed on the Ark of Taste. This is a living catalog of delicious and culturally significant foods in danger of extinction.

If you can, include an endangered item in your pot luck dish. For a list of Pacific Northwest foods on the list, click here.  It’s actually fun poking around on the list to see the foods and places listed.

In addition, we will hear stories from Slow Food Eugene’s delegates, Lynne Fessenden and Jackie Varriano, to the Slow Food International conference–Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.

Here are the important details:

TIME:  6:30 pm

DATE:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PLACE:  Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street, Eugene

WHAT TO BRING:  A dish to share.  Also, bring your own plates, flatware, beverages and glasses.

Oregon Truffle Festival, Portland, January 15-18 and Eugene, January 23-25.

104The 10th annual Oregon Truffle Festival is Better Together in every way with a full schedule of events in Portland and Yamhill County wine country January 15, 16, 17 & 18, plus the popular Eugene weekend
January 23, 24 & 25, 2015.  Find more information here.

Deck Family Farm’s Barn Fire Recovery Effort

DeckA word and request from our friends at the Deck Family about the terrible fire that destroyed their barn:

On the evening of Sunday, November 9th the Deck Family Farm experienced a setback when our barn caught fire. By the time the local firefighters arrived, the flames engulfed the building and all we could do was keep it from spreading.

We lost the building, some equipment, our bull, and two calves, but we are thankful beyond belief that no family, interns, or employees were in or near the barn when the alfalfa hay inside began to burn.

We suspect it was the hay that spontaneously combusted on its own due to some composting in the stacks, but we can’t know for sure. Unfortunately, parts of the building were brand new, and the replacement costs will far exceed what our insurance company will cover.

For now, we’re going about business as usual with some help from neighbors and use of other facilities. But some of you have asked if there is anything you can do to defray our immediate costs or to help with clean up and rebuilding efforts. We would appreciate any help from our community and customers as we work to bounce back and replace some of the uninsured items like the manure spreader, loader, spin spreader, stanchions and panels.

For this reason we set-up this fundraising tool through YouCaring.com. It’s free to use and anything helps.
We’ll keep this site and our own site updated with more information
It is a time to give thanks,
Christine & John Deck and the Deck Family Farm “Farmily”

RAFT Garden and Ark of Taste

The RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions) Alliance is a collaboration of food, farming and environmental advocates (including Slow Food USA). It was founded in 2004 to identify, restore and celebrate America’s biologically and culturally diverse food traditions through conservation, education, market recovery and regional networking. RAFT developed the first-ever comprehensive list of food species and varieties unique to each eco-region of North America and found that well over 1,000 food varieties are threatened, endangered or functionally extinct from the marketplace.

The local RAFT Garden is located at the Whiteaker Community Garden the end of N. Polk St. The plot is on the east side and marked with a RAFT Garden sign.

The RAFT garden includes Hooker’s corn, Oregon Giant Pole bean, Oregon Delicious melon, Lower Salmon River squash, Newburg onion, Haida, Tlingit and Ozette potatoes and Marshall Strawberry.

The focus of the garden has been the Marshall Strawberry the last two years. Runners have been distributed to more than a dozen gardens throughout Lane County.

Slow Food member, Nicki Maxwell, maintains the RAFT garden. She is also a member of the Pacific and Northwest Regional Committee of Ark of Taste, Slow Food USA. The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage. Learn more about its function at http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste-in-the-usa.

Nicki can be reached at nicolamaxwell47@gmail.com. Get in touch with her if you know of a food product that is outstanding in terms of taste; at risk biologically; able to be sustainably produced; culturally or historically linked to this region; currently produced in limited quantities. These are the criteria for nominating and selecting items to the Ark of Taste.

Join Slow Food – an invitation to membership

Are you committed to food for all that is “good, clean, and fair?” Other organizations advocate for good OR clean OR fair food policies. Only Slow Food emphasizes the interconnectedness of all three. Please consider joining with other like-minded people all over the nation and the world, by becoming a MEMBER of Slow Food USA.

Click here to join now

Our local Slow Food chapter sponsors events throughout the year that connect us with our food traditions, promote learning about local food production, and gather people to enjoy good food together.

Welcome Our New Sponsors Marche Restaurant Group, Toby’s Family Foods, Capella Market, and Sweet Creek Foods

We’ve added four new sponsors this month.  Marche Restaurants, Toby’s Family Foods, Capella Market, and Sweet Creek Foods have been fixtures on the local food scene for years.  They have all been early advocates for good, clean and fair food. We welcome their support and are happy to have them in our family of sponsors.

Take a look at the entire list of sponsors in the right 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, the Farm to School Program, and our participation in Terra Madre, the international gathering of Slow Food delegates.  Please show your support by clicking on their ads and patronizing their businesses.

We encourage others of you to help us out.  This is a great opportunity to get your business name out to our large and growing newsletter subscriber list.  Join the sponsors listed along the right hand column.  Not only are they supporting good, clean, and fair food, but they are letting our subscribers know that they are friends of Slow Food Eugene.

Farm to School Apple Fundraiser


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.

Public Service Announcements

As a public service, we are listing some upcoming events we thought that you might be interested in. Listing an event is not an indication that we are sponsoring or endorsing the event.

Farmers’ Markets

Holiday Farmers Market
November 22 – December 21
Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays 11 am – 5 pm
Lane Events Center

Sprout Regional Food Hub
Fridays, 3pm-7pm, year round
418 A Street, downtown Springfield
Accepts Oregon Trail (SNAP), WIC and Senior Coupon

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


Local Organizations

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 info@krautpounder.com for current location and to get newsletters of activities.
Cost: Bring a Weston A. Price Traditional-Style dish to share.
More Information: Lisa at info@krautpounder.com

Victory Gardens

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
Where: 505 River Road, Eugene
Cost: free

More information: victorygardensforall@gmail.com or call Charlotte 541.653.0149

Slow Money

What: Slow Money is a movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems.
Who: Slow Money South Willamette Valley
When: Always meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Location and more details To Be Announced

More information: Financing our Foodsheds by Carole Peppe Hewett, who started Slow Money North Carolina.

Contact:   slowmoneywv@gmail.com