If you, like me, saw the phrase "Pie Patch" and immediately fell in love - first of all, call me. Secondly, do we have a volunteer opportunity that was made for you. The Pie Patch is a pick-your-own farm in the Back-of-the-Yards that grows perennial fruits and annual veg (think strawberries, apples, pears, plums, raspberries, rhubarb, sweet squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, concord grapes). What do these items have in common...? They are traditionally baked in PIES! Flakey crust + goods from the earth = YUM. Breanne Heath founded this little slice of heaven (pun intended) - a long-time friend of Slow Food Chicago and a 2014 Terra Madre delegate to boot. You just fell in love a little more - didn't you? Then what are you waiting for - sign up for this urban Crop Mob coming up this Sunday (9/20).
Gorgeous header photo by Rachel Brown Kulp
Join Slow Food Chicago to lend a hand at Antiquity Oaks farm in Cornell, IL. Volunteers will be helping clean up and organizing the farm for some of their upcoming fall events. In exchange for your time and hard work as a "crop mobber", you will be provided with a homegrown lunch and drinks. Antiquity Oaks is as diversified farm with free-range livestock and a CSA Garden. They also raise pastured lamb, pork, beef, and poultry. Sounds like a pretty dreamy place to spend your Saturday. See additional details below. Adults only and no pets please.
Event: Crop Mob at Antiquity Oaks Farm
Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Antiquity Oaks - Cornell, IL (map)
Details: Slow Food Chicago
More about this outing: Email Rob [firstname.lastname@example.org] to register. This event is completely free!!
Check out our Mid-April Newsletter here for the full lineup of events and programs.
Greetings from our Board...
For Slow Food Chicago and the farmers and producers we work with, spring means planting seeds: in the ground, for new ideas, and of community.
This weekend, we held our first preSERVE Garden Volunteer Day, and more than 20 people came out to get their hands dirty and work alongside friends and neighbors. Join us at the garden next month on May 9th to lend a hand, enjoy the garden, and cook out on the grill afterwards.
The Slow Food Chicago board also had a mini Crop Mob this weekend at Montalbano Farms to transplant 1,116 kale, basil, chard, pepper and eggplant seedlings that will end up in kitchens all around Chicago later this summer. If you are interested in volunteering for Crop Mobs this summer and experiencing a day in the life on the farm, or if you're a farmer who would like to host a group of volunteers, email us at email@example.com.
Are you planting your own garden this year? #GrowSlow by planting an heirloom tomato seedling from Slow Food! We're hosting our annual Heirloom Tomato Seedling Sale at Bang Bang Pie Shop on May 16-17. We'll have 28 varieites of heirloom tomatoes, generously grown and carefully selected by expert gardeners. (For those of you who grew these tomatoes last year, you know how delicious and prolific these plants are.) Hope you can come by to eat pie and get some lovely plants for your gardens!
Thank you for being part of our growing community, and for your commitment to supporting good, clean, fair food.
Slow Food Chicago
Board of Directors - President