We know, we know: shopping organic can sometimes feel like trying to master a high-wire routine across the Grand Canyon when it comes to balancing the grocery budget, especially when there’s more than one mouth to feed on either side of the tight rope. And, that might have been a valid excuse, until now.
Thanks to the folks at Wholesome Wave Georgia, access to locally grown food doesn’t have to break the bank. Aiming to increase access to fresh food by helping more Georgians shop at local farmer’s markets makes us all giddy with local goodness. They’ve shown us that it’s possible to eat healthy – no matter the circumstances.
A quick rundown on how it works: formerly known as The Food Stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance low-income individuals and families. From there, Wholesome Wave Georgia comes in and doubles each SNAP dollar spent at partnered markets. And with a network of 25 local markets in Georgia, SNAP recipients have super easy access to use their SNAP dollars on healthy, locally grown food instead of artificially flavored cheese puffs (and things of that sort). Not only does this create an outlet for individuals purchase home-grown food but it also helps boost the local economy. That’s what we like to call phe-NOM-NOM-NOM-enal.
Sounds like something that needs to be celebrated, doesn’t it? We like the way you think.
Love is Love Farm owners Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey have compiled quite an impressive round-up of chefs for a fundraising dinner on the farm to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia on Sunday, June 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Because who needs farm-to-table when we can have table-on-farm, instead?) Better still, Love is Love Farm is remaining true to its punk-rock roots, naming the event after one of Reynolds' favorite songs, Down by Law's The Last Brigade. (See? Punk’s not dead. And neither are your dinner plans for next weekend.)
Prior to dinner, there will be a reception and a tour of the farm (located at the Gaia Gardens near Decatur) where attendees will have the chance to learn about the incredible impact and the nutritional benefits of eating local. They’ll be able to experience the farm first-hand and see the farm-to-table initiative come full circle.
The evening will boast a list of culinary legends, reuniting some of the city’s most celebrated chefs including Ryan Smith of Empire State South, Terry Koval of The Wrecking Bar, Jason Paolini of Restaurant Eugene, Chris Hall of Local Three, Brian Horn of JCT Kitchen and Gary Minnie. Expect a plate full of freshness all based around local food and what’s in season. If that volume of deliciousness doesn’t scream “come hither,” perhaps cocktails and wine pairings will seal the deal.
Hungry yet? Lettuce show you how to turnip your weekend. (Sometimes we just can't help ourselves.) Isn’t about time to ditch the fast-food drive thru, avoid the loud, crowded weekend restaurants and enjoy the peace and quiet of dinner amongst the sweet sweet summer air? We think so too.
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Scoutmob Local Editorial Intern Brittany Maher is a self-proclaimed word nerd, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things comedy. Currently a senior at Kennesaw State University, Brittany is Editor-in-Chief of her university’s student run newspaper, The Sentinel. She has infinite knowledge of 90’s sitcoms and will almost always beat you in Scrabble.