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Produce boxes from Bush-N-Vine

Produce boxes from Bush-N-Vine

I always enjoy a trip to my local farmer’s market in Matthews, bringing to mind thoughts of helping my grandparents gather greens in a family garden. After reading through local farm web pages on Local Harvest.org, I picked an interesting farm, Bush-N-Vine , which offers a subscription for a weekly basket of produce delivered to an outdoor store in South Park area of Charlotte called Jesse Brown’s.

I look forward to making my first pick up in March.

Next, I am shopping for a local farm which offers a grass feed meat, Windy Hill Farms looks promising.

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Smoked Beef Brisket

I had lunch with a friend at Ri’ Ra’s Irish Pub in uptown Charlotte today. We had planned to go to one of my favorite farm to table restaurants Harvest Moon but they were closed for renovations so we walked across the street to Ri’ Ra’s. After looking over the menu for a few minutes the classic Irish Pub food like Bangers and Mash or a Ruben sounded good but a smoked beef brisket caught my eye.

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Their version of smoked brisket was ok but nothing like a brisket I smoked over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Over the holiday I slow roasted a Texas Style Beef Brisket with [click to continue…]

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Farm to Table for the Hungry

I have been grilling chicken, smoking Texas style beef brisket and frying turkeys over the Thanks Giving and Christmas holidays and have several recipes to share. But, my thoughts lately have been on developing a simple community service project which both feeds the hungry with healthy fresh food from the farm and supports small family farms like the farmers I talk to at my local farmers market.

I have notice that several of these farmers have subscription based programs in which you pay a monthly subscription and receive weekly or bi-weekly boxes of produce or meat based on their seasonal harvest.

The thought came to me that these boxes could really be used by non-profits which prepare food and feed the hungry. I have helped serve food at a local men’s shelter in my community and the food is mostly prepackaged foods loaded with carbs and there is not a fresh vegetable to be seen, a lot of staples from food drives.

Now, how to locate  resources and connect small family farms and non-profits feeding the hungry? That is the question. Would a simple web store work where you could match a family farm to  a charity along with your donation work?

Please post our ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

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