2008 Challenge Week Events

This year’s Eat Local Challenge runs from Sunday, September 14th thru Saturday, September 20th. We invite you to join us for a learning and culinary experience, whether it be for a meal, a day or the entire week. In addition to the events below, many restaurants in the Valley will be offering Locavore meals throughout the week.

Pre-Challenge Locavore Activities

  • Sat, Sept 6th and13th 9am to 1pm – MRV Locavore Project Table at the Farmer’s Market – Information on the Challenge, heirloom tomato tasting, other food samples and pick up pre-ordered Locavore Starter Kits.
  • Tues, Sept 9th 2 to 4pm Sauce Making 4 to 6:30pm Canning – Yes You CAN! Canning Workshop –Sponsored by Montpelier Community Garden, Central VT Locavores and Rural Vermont. Bring your own jar and tomatoes if you can (we have some extra available). SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE.
  • Wed, Sept 10th 6:30 pm Harvest Dinner at the Millbrook Inn and Restaurant – Not sure that local food is right for you? Joan and Thom at the Millbrook Inn and Restaurant will convince you that it is with this special annual harvest dinner at the amazing price of $39 per person which includes the meal, wine, tax and tip. Reservations required.
  • Wed, Sept 10th 5 to 7pm –  Elderberry Jelly Social – Join a group of like-minded Locavores to learn how to make Elderberry Jelly.
  • Sat, Sept 13th noon to 6pm – Two River Center Annual Garlic Festival – All kinds of fun and food at this special farm that grows food for people who most need it in Washington County. Volunteers are needed for specific tasks.
  • Sat, Sept 13th 2pm to 5pm – FREE Local Wine Tasting at the Waitsfield Wine Shoppe – Come sample a variety of Boyden Valley Winery wines and talk with the winemaker about their operations and winemaking process.

Challenge Week Locavore Activities

  • Sunday, Sept 14th 5 – 8 pm – Eat Local Challenge Kickoff Dinner at the Lareau Farm Inn – Celebrate the start of the Challenge with a:
    • Locavore Potluck (donations accepted in lieu of a dish)
    • Live Music by Knotty Pine
    • Local Foods Raffle
  • Monday, Sept 15th 5 – 7pm – Fermentation Social – Learn how to use lacto-fermentation to preserve summer vegetables. We’ll make sauerkraut and kimchi, enough for everyone to bring home a jar of each. The suggested $10 donation covers the produce & materials. At Nancy Baron’s house.
  • Weds, Sept 17th 6:30pm – Boyden Valley Wine Dinner @ The Common Man Restaurant – This multi-course dinner will feature Boyden Valley Wines paired with dishes made from all locally sourced ingredients. $75 per person includes dinner, wine, tax and gratuity. Please contact The Common Man for more information and reservations.
  • Wed, Sept 17th 12:30pm to 7:30pm – High Mowing Organic Seeds Field Days – The High Mowing sales staff will be on hand to give guided tours of over 700 vegetable, herb, and flower varieties that are being trialed as well as the all-new Showcase Garden that highlights new and upcoming varieties.
  • Thurs, Sept 18th 7pm – Green Mountain Global Forum presents Fred Magdoff – A Global Crisis in the Making. Fred Magdoff is professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont in Burlington and a director of the Monthly Review Foundation. Held at the Bundy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Sat, Sept 20th 9am – 1pm Waitsfield Farmers Market on the Mad River Green – Listen to live music while you shop for fresh produce, flowers, seedlings, honey, wool, eggs, meat, cheese and other farm products. In addition you can find crafts made in Vermont, baked goods, and prepared foods.
  • Sat, Sept 20th 10:30am to 1:30pm – Locavore Stuffed Pastas Cooking Class at the Store – Learn how to create delicious meals around the bounty of the season. After a trip to the farmer’s market, the class will prepare several dishes focusing on the produce from the market. The class is $65, which includes enjoying the local dishes you’ve prepared.
  • Sat, Sept 20th 5pm – Locavore Friendly Warren Public Library Benefit Party – $15 for adults and $35 for families. Enjoy flatbread and delicious local salads and desserts while dancing to the music of Red Hot Juba. They will also have a great silent auction. For more information or to help provide locavore desserts, contact Fran Plewak at 583-1744 or e-mail her.
  • Sat, Sept 20th 9:15am to 4:15pm – Vermont Earth Institute 4th Annual Sustainable Living Celebration at Knoll Farm – This event offers 18 workshops, inspiration, networking, and a locally-grown lunch in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Mad River Valley. It promises to be a stimulating day, with opportunities to connect with activists and budding activists from all around Vermont.

Post-Challenge Locavore Activities

  • Sun, Sept 21st 5pm – Rootswork’s Annual Harvest Festival – Celebrating the harvest with a potluck dinner in the picturesque Rootswork Community Garden. Featuring largest fruit & veggie contests, pie bake-off, wagon rides, cider pressing, music, and lots of locally grown, home-made food prepared by your neighbors and shared family style.
  • Sun, Sept 21st 10:30am – Le Tour de Farms – Take a 10, 25 or 30 mile bike ride through Addison Country visiting farms along the way.
  • Tuesday, Sept 23rd 5 to 7pm – Applesauce and Apple Chutney Social – Join other locavores and learn how to make homemade applesauce and chutney and how to can them using a pressure canner. At Kingsbury Community Farm.