Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dinner on the River: Celebrating Forgotten Southern Foods


Katy Trail

Dinner on the River

CELEBRATING FORGOTTEN  SOUTHERN FOODS

Starring heritage ingredients from Slow Food USA’s
“Ark of Taste” endangered foods list

Sunday, Sept. 21 at 4 o’clock
(3 o’clock optional tour of the brewery, barrel room and new winery)

Les Bourgeois A-Frame
on the Missouri River Bluffs at Rocheport

This event is Slow Food Katy Trail’s main fundraiser

for our Harvest-of-the-Month elementary-school program

We loved having our annual fundraiser in Les Bourgeois’ century-old tobacco barn for the last few years. Unfortunately, the barn (which had been losing a few pieces of its wooden walls to the wind every year) finally succumbed this past spring to the ravages of time. The folks at Les Bourgeois were again quick and generous to offer an option at another one of their scenic venues. We think you’ll find this one, with its splendid blufftop river view, just as enjoyable. The food, of course, will be spectacular, as always.

A team of five local chefs, who are graciously donating their time and talents, will be cooking “on stage” in front of the river. They include Craig Cyr of the Wine Cellar & Bistro; Brook Harlan of the Columbia Area Career Center Culinary Arts program; Matt  Robertson and Blaire  DeVine of Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro; and Walker  Claridge  of Broadway Brewery.

Each chef will prepare a course that features something from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates.

Sharing the stage with the chefs will be The Third Switch, serving up an eclectic and lively musical menu of early blues, calypso, classic country and vintage jazz.

Because we want as many people to enjoy this event as possible, we’re offering several price levels (see below). Tickets are available only through the Brown Paper Tickets website.

THE  SOUTHERN-DINNER  TICKET

$85 for current Slow Food members
$100 for non-members

(To renew your membership or join, go to http://www.slowfoodusa.org and click on Donate; if you are unsure of your membership status, please email ilrauzi@gmail.com)

From a blufftop view of the Missouri River, you’ll enjoy an elegant six-course Southern meal served on white tablecloths under a pavilion. Each course, featuring Ark of Taste endangered foods, will be paired with local wine.
Ticket includes:

Cocktail Reception
“Snack-of-the-South” Boiled Peanuts
Les Bourgeois sparkling wine, Broadway Brewery beer
or Planck & Anchor cocktail

A Six-Course Southern Dinner Paired With Wine
The still-evolving menu will be announced shortly, but will include chef-made Charcuterie, Pickled Watermelon Rind and Skillet Cornbread for starters, followed by Low-Country Boil (description below) and four more heritage-themed courses. Preparations will feature these Ark of Taste foods:

New Orleans Daube Glacé, Hog’s Head Cheese, Traditional Tasso Ham
Wild Gulf-Coast Shrimp
Handmade Filé, American Rabbit, Carolina Gold Rice
American Persimmon, Traditional Sorghum Syrup
American Native Pecan, Tupelo Honey, Norton Grape

Live Music and Great View!

VIP TABLE OF EIGHT

$1000
Reserve this table of eight for you and your favorite dining companions. In addition to all the above delicious food, drink and ambience, you’ll also have the loftiest view of the river; a personal server; a private audience with each chef, winemaker and sommelier during dinner; and a bottle of 2003 Dom Pérignon Champagne.

THE PICNIC TICKET

$40
Meet your friends around the picnic table—close to the working chefs, lively band and river view—for a pot of delicious Low-Country Boil, drinks and more. Ticket includes:

Cocktail Reception
“Snack-of-the-South” Boiled Peanuts
Les Bourgeois sparkling wine, Broadway Brewery beer or Planck & Anchor cocktail

Low-Country Boil
A traditional South Carolina stew of Wild Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, heirloom potatoes, corn, ale, peppers, onions and sausage; served with grilled French bread and paired with your choice of local wine or local beer.

Live Music and Great View!
Only 50 tickets are available at this price.

NOTE: Because we wanted to include as many Ark of Taste foods as possible, we’ll be unable to accommodate special dietary requests for this event. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside The Blufftop Bistro. Tickets are non-refundable.

Click here to download this information in pdf format for printing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SFKT ends the 2014 season with three farm tours, picks back up in 2015 with Blue Bell Farm and Sullivan Farms


Slow Food Katy Trail's 2014 Farm Tour Series is officially closed for the season, a little earlier than originally planned. We've had a great time visiting seven fascinating farms this summer, and some of you have been right there with us all the way, from those who have their own gardens or small farms and want to pick up tips from the pros, to folks who make it a priority to eat good, healthy food and want to see exactly how it's grown or raised. And the goats, free-range cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs and donkeys were always a hit with the kiddos!

Here's just a quick glimpse at what we experienced during our June, July, and August 2014 tours.

Several families took advantage of the June 1 tour of Goatsbeard Farm to give their children a taste of the farming life. This little girl was ecstatic about petting the goats—can you tell?! Visitors to Goatsbeard also got to tour their cheese-making facility and sample some of their award-winning cheeses, including the Franklin Island Feta that took 2nd Place at the American Cheese Society Conference in the Goat Feta Category this August. Way to go, Ken and Jenn Muno!

It was a glorious day at Altai Meadows on June 1, and the grass-fed, free-range cattle were happy to show off for an appreciative audience. Jeff and Augie Cook also showed us their chicken operation, compost and mulch piles, and many fruit and vegetable beds.

On July 13, Sarah and Craig Cyr (left and middle) told farm-tour visitors how a desire to supply their restaurant, The Wine Cellar & Bistro, and feed their family turned into a passion. With help from Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA), the Cyrs have turned their farm into a twice-a-month gardening school for the public. Participants not only get hands-on experience, but garden-fresh lunches prepared on site by chef Craig and wine selected by sommelier Sarah. Liberty Hunter of CCUA (right) explained her role in the project.

John Corn of Mighty Acorn demonstrated his "lay-down" planter, which he built for around $70 from two old bicycles. On the July 13 tour he and wife Sandy Gummersheimer shared a wealth of information about how they grow the premium produce they sell at the Columbia Farmers Market. 

On August 3, Dan and Laura Pugh shared what they've learned about raising sheep, bees, chickens and produce over the past few years of life on their small diversified farm, and told us what's in store for their Columbia Farmers Market customers in the coming years. 

At Terra Bella Farm on August 3 I was so fascinated by host Margot McMillen's tour that I failed to take a single picture, but their barn quilt is still just as striking a landmark for passing motorists as it was in this 2013 shot. We learned about the farm's historic buildings, their use of solar energy, the heritage wheat project they started from 5 grams of heirloom wheat (but isn't available to the public yet!) and the other grains for bakers and bakeries like Uprise Bakery, the produce they grow for local restaurants and the Brick District Farmers Market in Fulton, and much more.

On August 3 at Bluebird Composting, our final stop in 2014, Rana Bains showed us just how his premium blend organic compost is made. Chelsea and Jessica took us through the fabulous produce growing outdoors and in the high tunnel, including a munching tour of their cherry tomato rows, and we saw lots of extremely free-ranging chickens eating very well with the scraps to be found on a compost farm!

We're looking forward to the 2015 growing season, and we hope you'll join us on next year's tours. We'll be kicking off the season with a visit to Blue Bell Farm and Sullivan Farms, both in the Fayette area, at a date and time to be announced after the first of the year. (See these vendor profiles of Blue Bell Farm and Sullivan Farms on the Columbia Farmers Market web site for more information about each farm.) We'll be compiling our full list of farms and tour dates over the winter, so be sure to check back here when you're looking for tour info next spring. Be sure to "like" the SFKT Facebook page for the most up-to-the-minute information about Slow Food Katy Trail activities, and just about anything else that's important to lovers of good, clean and fair food.

Blue Bell Farm in Fayette, one of the farms on the 2015 Slow Food Katy Trail Farm Tour. (Photo by Matt Jernigan)
Bill Sullivan with one of his heritage pigs. Sullivan Farms is another one of the farms to be featured in the 2015 series of farm tours. (Photo by Matt Jernigan)

About Slow Food USA

Slow Food USA seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

About the Slow Food Katy Trail Chapter

Our chapter is a gathering place for people who have a passion for safeguarding local farms, regional and multi-cultural food traditions and for supporting foods grown sustainably and with affection. Our events are venues for building food culture and community. 

Through local-foods dinners, potlucks, tastings, films, farm tours, volunteer days and work with local elementary-school children, Slow Food Katy Trail engages with our community and the broader Slow Food movement. We partner with local and national activists, chefs, farmers and organizations already working for direct change to our food system. We encourage you to join us in our effort.

We heartily welcome new members and new energy for the cause. To learn more about the national organization or to become a Slow Food Katy Trail member, please visit www.slowfoodusa.org and click on Donate, then Join/Renew.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Slow Food Katy Trail's Farm Tour Series, Part 3: Honey Creek Farm, Terra Bella Farm & Bluebird Composting


Slow Food Katy Trail’s
2014 Farm Tour Series

Part 3: Honey Creek Farm, Terra Bella Farm & Bluebird Composting

The third tour is on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and features:
HONEY CREEK FARM in Hallsville
(guided tour begins at 12:30 p.m.)
TERRA BELLA FARM in Auxvasse
(guided tour begins at 2 p.m.)
and BLUEBIRD COMPOSTING
(guided tour begins at 3:30 p.m.)

Note: There will be no bring-your-own picnic lunch period this time. 
This is a family-friendly event, so please bring the kids and enjoy a day in the country.



First stop: HONEY CREEK FARM (Hallsville)
Honey Creek Farm is a small diversified farm northeast of Columbia, nestled among pastures divided by a winding creek. Farmers Dan and Laura Pugh grow vegetables and fruit, graze sheep on grass, raise chickens for eggs, and keep honeybees. Their goal is to be sustainable and produce the healthiest food possible by the practices they use. This is their third year farming, and they say they are still learning constantly. Honey Creek Farm sells free-range eggs and produce at the Columbia Farmers Market.


Directions to the Honey Creek Farm (7541 N. Ballew Road, Hallsville) from ColumbiaGo east on I-70 to Exit 133 (Missouri Z). At the end of the ramp, turn left (north) onto State Hwy. Z North/North Rangeline Rd. Drive 1 mile; at the traffic circle, continue straight onto N. Rte. Z. Continue on Z for 5.7 miles, then turn left onto State Rd. HH. Continue for 1/2 mile, then take the first left onto N. Ballew Road. Take Ballew about 1/2 mile to 7541 N. Ballew Road, on the right. The house sits back from the road, but look for the mailbox and the Slow Food Katy Trail Farm Tour sign.

Second stop: TERRA BELLA FARM (Auxvasse)

Next stop on the tour is Terra Bella Farm, near Hatton on State Highway M. Terra Bella is a diverse 160-acre farm with several projects aimed at increasing the public’s access to locally raised foods and increasing interest in the rural community. Owner Margot McMillen, who will lead the tour, is the long-time co-host of KOPN's Farm and Fiddle radio show, a weekly program that "celebrates and explores rural life for today and tomorrow" with guests from our rural area and all over the world.



Terra Bella has been an organic farm since 1999, and though they still follow strictly no-chemical practices, they dropped their certification a few years ago. According to their mission, they are “dedicated to food for the local community, arts for all and the health of the rural ecosystem, including our farmers.” They have vegetable gardens, bee hives, a timber-stand-improvement project, and pasture for cattle and sheep. This year, they're also raising a few red-wattle hogs. The Missouri Grain Project has been buying and selling local grains to local consumers since 2007 and also sponsors a heritage wheat project,now in its fourth year. Terra Bella is also home to the mid-Missouri Barn Quilt Project. Two of their buildings are solar, and their irrigation system is partially solar. Their products, including their local wheat flour and produce, are sold at Shlafly and Clayton Markets in St. Louis and at the Brick District Farmers Market in Fulton.



Directions from Honey Creek Farm to Terra Bella Farm: Turn left onto N. Ballew Rd. and head north for one-half mile. Turn right (east) onto State Rd. HH, and after another half-mile turn left (heading north) onto N. Rte. Z. Go 5.2 miles, then turn right (heading east) onto State Hwy. D/E Rte. D, and continue to follow D for 6 miles. Turn right on State Hwy. M, heading south for 4 miles, then turn left (east) onto State Hwy. E/State Hwy. M. Follow E/M for 1.3 miles, then turn right (south) onto State Hwy. M. The destination, 1303 Rte. M, will be .8 mile down the road on the right. Look for the Slow Food Katy Trail Farm Tour sign. (The trip from Honey Creek to Terra Bella takes about 25 minutes.)
Warning: Their address is 1303 State Hwy. M, Auxvasse, but unless you key in that exact wording, Google will take you to the wrong place. Follow the directions above to get from Honey Creek to Terra Bella. Or you can use these map coordinates to get to Terra Bella from anywhere using your GPS or Google map: 39.014599,-92.011067

Photo by Matt Jernigan

Final stop: BLUEBIRD COMPOSTING (Fulton)

Bluebird Composting helps local farmers, food vendors and families manage their waste, preventing tons of material from ending up wasted in landfills. By combining the various types of waste products (food scraps, wood chips, manure, etc.) in specific amounts, under special conditions, something magical occurs, transforming ordinary waste into premium compost. Bluebird Composting sells their compost, free range eggs, and produce at both the Columbia Farmers Market and the Brick District Farmers Market in Fulton, and you can learn more about them in this profile on the CFM web site.  Bluebird compost is available by the bag or in bulk, and bags will be available for sale on tour day. 



On tour day they’ll demonstrate how their compost is made, and participants will also find free range chickens, pygmy goats, vegetable and herb beds grown following sustainable agricultural practices, and a high tunnel.

Photo by Matt Jernigan

☛ Directions from Terra Bella Farm to Bluebird Composting (4657 State Highway HH, Fulton): From Terra Bella Farm, turn right (heading south) onto State Hwy. M and continue for 4.4 miles, crossing over the I-70 overpass at exit 144 (M/HH). Immediately after crossing the overpass, turn right onto Jade Rd. (I-70 access road) and head west for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto State Hwy. HH and drive for 6.5 miles. Your destination will be on the right, marked by the Slow Food Katy Trail Farm Tour sign.

**** Please leave your dogs at home! • Smoking is prohibited on all farms. ****


Slow Food Katy Trail
is the mid-Missouri chapter of Slow Food USA,
and part of a global movement.

Slow Food advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers. Food that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food Katy Trail heartily welcomes new members and new energy for the cause. To join our chapter, please go to www.slowfoodusa.org and click on Donate. Send us an email at: slowfoodkatytrail@yahoo.com. Follow us on Facebook. Come talk to us on the tour and learn more!

See the Slow Food Katy Trail Facebook page for more info and updates. 
There is no rain date, so check Facebook or the web site for tour cancellation info
in the event of heavy rain or storms. You can also email laura@modeeproots.com for more info,
or call 573-220-5354 on the day of the tour.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Farm Tour #2 downloadable flyer link below


Follow this link to print or download a handy single-page pdf flyer that contains all the info you need about the July 13 farm tour featuring The Wine Cellar Garden Project and Mighty Acorn. But be sure to also read the more comprehensive post below for more information about what you'll find and pictures of our destinations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Part 2 of the SFKT 2014 Farm Tour Series: The Wine Cellar Garden Project and Mighty Acorn

Slow Food Katy Trail’s
2014 Farm Tour Series

Part 2: The Wine Cellar Garden Project & Mighty Acorn

The second tour is on SUNDAY, JULY 13 from noon to 4 p.m. and features:
THE WINE CELLAR GARDEN PROJECT
(This guided tour begins at 1 p.m., but come at noon for a bring-your-own gardenside picnic lunch)
and MIGHTY ACORN
(guided tour begins at 2:45 p.m.)

Both farms are in the Columbia area, so this tour is an easy drive from CoMo. 

Click here to print or download a handy single-page pdf flyer to take with you on the day of the tour.


First stop: THE WINE CELLAR GARDEN PROJECT

Come visit The Wine Cellar Garden Project, the home and farm of Craig and Sarah Cyr, following the directions below (or follow Google map directions to 8151 West Highway UU, Columbia). The farm is a few miles southwest of Columbia, and it takes just 12 minutes or so to get there from the Columbia Farmers Market. Come at noon if you’re lunching there (don’t forget to bring your own picnic lunch), or show up by 12:45 if you simply want to take the guided tour at 1 p.m.

At The Wine Cellar Garden Project, visitors will be welcomed by Craig and Sarah Cyr, co-owners (Executive Chef  &  Sommelier) of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a tasty locavore eatery in downtown Columbia, since 2003. After 10 years of business, Craig and Sarah decided to start The Wine Cellar Garden Project in 2013 to learn more about organic gardening, and invited customers to join them. They partnered with CCUA (Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture) to teach classes in the garden, every other Saturday, throughout the growing season. Each class includes a short lecture by professional gardeners of CCUA, hands-on gardening experience, a garden-inspired lunch from Chef Craig, and a wine pairing by Sarah. (If you'd like to see Chef Craig making a grilled carrot salad, or learn how to pair food with Missouri wine in a series of three videos, see the cooking video section of the MO Deep Roots web site.)

Since then, The Garden Project has expanded to a fully functioning small farm, which focuses on organic growing methods and sustainability for the farm and restaurant. Craig and Sarah, joined by Liberty Hunter from CCUA, will lead the tour throughout the farm, where visitors can see the large, diverse garden, the 40 heritage chickens, the rain barrel system, and more. There also will be a tasting of organic and biodynamic wines, which Sarah recently has added to the Wine Cellar & Bistro's wine list; those will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. 

☛ Directions to the Wine Cellar Garden Project (8151 West Highway UU, Columbia) from Columbia: Head west on I-70. Take exit 121 for US-40/MO-240 toward Missouri UU/Fayette. Turn left at the top of the ramp onto MO-240 East/US-40 East, and go .3 mile before turning right onto S. State Hwy. UU/N. Hwy. UU. Continue to follow S. State Hwy. UU for almost 4 miles. Your destination, #8151, is on the right; look for the Slow Food Farm Tour sign.

Next stop: MIGHTY ACORN

Photo by Matt Jernigan.

Next it’s time to visit Mighty Acorn, a small diversified farm just north of Columbia run by John Corn and Sandra Gummersheimer. Arrive at the farm by 2:30 to catch the guided tour that begins at 2:45 p.m. At Mighty Acorn, John and Sandy will show you how they grow the beautiful array of vegetables they sell every Saturday at the Columbia Farmers Market. Their produce has been grown with sustainable inputs since they purchased the property in 2009. A bonus attraction for guests, and on display for the tour, will be John's collection of ingenious farm-built, labor-saving gadgets. 

John and Sandy have been growing for the market for the past five years, and they have established a loyal customer base. Their love of good-quality food extends to their kitchen, where they love to come up with new ways to make the best of their seasonal produce. (Here’s a link to videos of John making his garden pesto and his tomato basil bisque, from the MO Deep Roots web site.)

John says, “We are committed to good tasting, local, healthy food and firmly believe that this is one of the few ways our customers are able to obtain optimum nutrition. One of our greatest pleasures with farming is exposing those who are unfamiliar with fresh tastes to a healthy way of eating.”

The tour ends at 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Directions to Mighty Acorn starting from 8151 West State Highway UU: Take a left (head east) out of the Cyrs’ driveway onto State Hwy. UU/W Rte. UU. Continue to follow State Hwy. UU for 3.9 miles. Turn right to merge onto I-70 E/US-40 E and continue for 2.7 miles. Take exit 124 for Missouri E/MO-740/Stadium Blvd. toward Columbia. Turn left (north) onto N. Route E/N. Stadium Blvd. Continue to follow N. Route E (past the golf course) for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto W. Driskel Rd. just after the Perche Creek bridge and continue another half mile. Take the first left onto N. Moreau Rd. and watch for the farm driveway, which is about a half mile down the road on the right. This is just a farm with no home on site, so there is no address, but follow the Slow Food Katy Trail signs. This link will take you to a Google map leading to the farm too. The high tunnel is visible from the road, and that is the landmark to watch for. 


**** Please leave your dogs at home! • Smoking is prohibited on all farms. ****


Slow Food Katy Trail
is the mid-Missouri chapter of Slow Food USA,
and part of a global movement.

Slow Food advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers. Food that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food Katy Trail heartily welcomes new members and new energy for the cause. To join our chapter, please go to www.slowfoodusa.org and click on Donate. Send us an email at: slowfoodkatytrail@yahoo.com. Follow us on Facebook. Come talk to us on the tour and learn more!

See the Slow Food Katy Trail Facebook page for more info and updates. 
There is no rain date, so check Facebook or the web site for tour cancellation info
in the event of heavy rain or storms. You can also email laura@modeeproots.com for more info,
or call 573-220-5354 on the day of the tour.