Athens Farmers Market Integral in Big Weekend Festivities
It's a big weekend in Athens for local food. Highlights include the Georgia Organics Conference and the 17th Annual, A Taste of Athens. Both events offer some extraordinary opportunities to engage in our community's growing commitment to local food.
Georgia Organics Conference (friday&saturday, around town)
A Friday and Saturday event featuring farm tours, workshops, and a tradeshow/expo at the Classic Center. Events will conclude Saturday evening with a Farmer's Feast and keynote address by Slow Food founder and president Carlo Petrini. Farm Tours and Saturday's Feast are sold out, but look below for other great ways to participate. Many of AFM's farmers and artisans will be center stage at the conference, proudly showing off why Athens is a town gaining international intrigue from the greater agrarian and foodie community.
A Taste of Athens (sunday, classic center)
Returning as a townie favorite, the 17th Annual, A Taste of Athens will be held downtown at the Classic Center, 5pm-8:30pm. Not only an evening of indulgence, but a unique way to help others as you enjoy delicious samplings from over 50 local restaurants. General Admission is $45 and proceeds directly benefit Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. AFM will have a booth there and will be serving up a special winter soup prepared by Jay and Boo. Come by and say hello!
the weekend's noteworthy........
friday, february 19th
A Slow Night at the Farm. Farm255 will be hosting a special Slow Food fundraiser, with Carlo Petrini as an honorable dinner guest. 20% of all supper sales will go to SF's Terra Madre Fund. Reservations for dinner are recommended and can be made via phone at 706.549.4660.
Expo Reception. One of the conference's public events, held from 5-7:30p. $10 for an evening of Athens food and culture. Included is music by Hope for Agolden Summer, cash bar, local food tastings, cooking demos, art, and 70 exhibtors.
sunday, february 21
A Taste of Athens. Come by to EAT, DRINK, and HELP MANY!
***And a friendly reminder for AFM Vendors. Applications for 2010 AFM season are due by February 28th. Get them in! Application forms are available on the Membership page.
ENJOY THE WEEKEND!
AFM vendors and volunteers gathered at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA for a late afternoon potluck and pre-season meeting. Roots Farm owner and grower, Chris Lutz, graciously opened his home for this community affair. His only request: “wash your own plate, please”. The atmosphere was warm, the food delicious. In the first hour, guests piled their plates high, grabbed a fork, and enjoyed the good company. Excitement for the upcoming season seemed to be topic of conversation. Only 12 weeks until opening day!
After belly’s were full and plates were washed (your welcome, Chris!), Jay Payne, AFM Board President, opened with a short, informative presentation. Jay discussed the past, present, and future of the market, expressing his gratitude to all those who have been part of the market’s development and success. He overviewed the past season’s growth, and highlighted exciting developments for the 2010 season – including the downtown, week-day market.
The afternoon closed with an introduction to our new market manager and the election of two additional board members: farmer Geoff Lewis and crafter Suzanne Bourgeois. All are excited and eager to continue the AFM commitment to providing, local, sustainable food to the Athens community.
Saturday’s potluck was a special kind of event, reflecting the loyalty of the market’s members, and the solidarity of this community. Rest assured, the future of the market is in good hands.