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Pears, Fabulous Pears: Slow Food Pear Tasting at UO Urban Farm, Saturday Sept. 11

What an opportunity to taste 20 or more pears that are little known to our commercial markets, enjoy a sweet or savory dish made from pears and help select a pear candidate for the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste!

Slow Food Eugene Pear Tasting at Univ. of Oregon Urban Farm 1475 Franklin Blvd. Eugene, OR September 11, 2010 2:00 – 5:00 PM More info and tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/126495

image: bowl of "Clapp's Favorite" heirloom pears. Photo by Ben Watson, courtesy of Slow Food USA)

Food lover trivia question:  Where is the most diverse collection of pear cultivars on earth? If you answered, “Right under my nose,” pat yourself on the back.  If you answered, “No clue,” you are in for a treat. Join Slow Food Eugene and Slow Food Corvallis in discovering and tasting a sample of the more than 2,000 varieties of pear cultivars lurking unnoticed and unrecognized in the USDA’s Pear Genebank in Corvallis. Our efforts will be used in the search for Ark of Taste candidates.  Assisting our exploration will be USDA Corvallis staff members and an appropriate representation of wines, cheeses, and chocolates.  Brindiamo Catering & Ciao Restaurant will provide special sweets and savories featuring the pears. 

image: painting of "B.S. Fox" heirloom pear

The Genebank’s goal is to promote cultivation of fruit beyond the mere six varieties which now account for most of the commercially grown pears in this country. This effort dovetails with Slow Food USA’s efforts to collect heirloom species of foods which are submitted to the US Ark of Taste.  The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution, and environmental damage. Along with tasting, USDA experts will describe each of the species and its specific history as well as the current effort to promote their sustainable existence.  Although the tasting is important for submitting a species of pear to the Ark, other key factors might come into play in selecting a candidate.  Your vote will be important when deciding whether to submit a candidate for the Ark.

This event will take place at the University of Oregon Urban Farm. The Farm is an acre and a half garden/farm located just north of Franklin Boulevard on the bike path to Autzen Stadium. The Urban Farm is an outdoor university classroom where students learn to grow their own food organically and sustainably. The Urban Farm is enjoying its’ 26th anniversary this year.

image: painting of "Seckel" heirloom pear

Important Details:

Where: University of Oregon Urban Farm, 1475 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene.  The Farm is between Onyx and Agate Streets and is behind Looking Glass School.  Park in the Looking Glass lot or in UO Parking Lot 5a, just to the west.

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time: 2-5 pm.

Tickets:  $8 adults, kids under 12 are free;  Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.  Select “Search Events” and enter Slow Food Eugene. Please help Slow Food Eugene fund our important community projects.  We have provided special pricing at Brown Paper Tickets so you can add an additional $10 per ticket.  Your support will go to the School Garden Project, the Farm to School Program, and our Terra Madre delegates.

Contact: Slow Food Eugene Jim Crane jcrane11@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 5346 Eugene, OR 97405 United States

Pear images courtesy of Slow Food USA. “Clapp’s Favorite”  photo by Ben Watson.

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