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Piedmont Farm Tour!

Orange, Alamance, and Chatham Counties are home to many of the region's most innovative and diverse small farms that use growing systems ranging from conventional to permaculture to raise the food you eat. This is your chance to connect with the land and the people who provide your food! Pet goats, cows, and horses, ride a Mulch Mobile, see how fuel is "grown" for cars, or learn how cheese is made. Talk to farmers about pest control and organic growing techniques. Buy starters for the home garden and revel in beautiful flowers of professional growers. New this year . . .
an old tobacco farm turned vineyard . . . a community garden . . . a 100 member CSA program . . .
Farm Tour Kick-off
After Hours Begins
Jazz & More Brunch
Scrap Exchange at SV
Wine Shows Results

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Carrboro Arts & Crafts Market
Carolina Breakdown
at the ArtsCenter

Championing a better world
Piedmont Biofuels Card Swap
Captain JS Pope Farm
Chatham County has Compost Bins
Carrboro Farmers Market Event
Link to Panzanella's Home Page
May Wine Dinner
Recipe: Braised Beef
Weekly Produce Specials
Weekly Meat Specials

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Championing a Better World
12th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour continued
There are six new farms on the Piedmont Farm Tour this year and 3 wineries. Get up off the sofa and make a plan to get re-acquainted with the great, local agriculture of North Carolina.

Saturday, April 21, 1-5 pm and Sunday, April 22, 1-5 pm

This tour is to benefit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. CFSA is a non-profit membership organization of farmers, gardeners, businesses, and consumers in both North and South Carolina. Founded in 1980, the organization is committed to encouraging healthier and more sustainable farming and gardening methods.

Weaver Street Market and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association sponsor the Piedmont Farm Tour each year. Last year alone, the Farm Tour raised over $19,000 to support sustainable farming.

Weekly Produce Specials
New Crop Organic
Gala Apples

$4.99 each

3lb bag
Mix or Match
Sweet ripe Honeydews or Cantalouopes

2 for $4.00
White sweet Corn

5 for $2.00

super low price
Weekly Meat & Seafood Specials
North Carolina Farm Raised
Rainbow Trout

$7.99 lb

save $2.00/lb!
North Carolina Farm Raised
Spicy Pecan Trout

$8.99 lb

save $2.00/lb!
Alison's Farms, all natural
Whole Chickens

$1.79 lb.

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Farm Tour Kick-off!
Thursday, April 19
6 - 8 pm
on the lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro!

Meet farmers, enjoy a freshly grilled meal by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, chill out to the great Jazz and pop standards of Equinox, taste wines from Iron Gate Winery, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery and Horizon Cellars, all on the Piedmont Farm Tour this year.

This event is a benefit for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Oh, and don't forget to buy your button/ticket at the advance sale price of $25 for all 34 farms!
Souvenir t-shirts are going fast!
12th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour April 21 & 22
Gather your friends, fill up a car, and visit your local family farms on the Piedmont Farm Tour!
$30*per car for all 34 farms—each receives a SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS button, or $10 per car per farm.
Advance Button Sales for $25 & Maps available at
CARRBORO: Weaver Street Market
Fifth Season Gardening
Maple View Ice Cream Store
CHAPEL HILL: Weaver Street Market
(Southern Village location)
Niche Gardens
DURHAM: Durham Co-op Grocery
SEEDS Booth: Durham Farmers' Market
RALEIGH: Harmony Farms
Triangle Nutrition
Moore Square Farmers' Market
PITTSBORO: General Store Café
Chatham Marketplace
Fearrington Farmers' Market
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
HILLSBOROUGH: Maple View Ice Cream Store
Hillsborough Farmers' Market
GREENSBORO: Deep Roots Market
GRAHAM: Benjamin Vineyards & Winery
After Hours Begins 4/26!
Thursday, April 26
6 - 8 pm

Get ready for this! Hot summer nights, cool local tunes, everybody spread
out under the oaks in Carrboro at Weaver Street Market.
Yes! It almost time for After Hours!

April 26- Edsel 500 - Rockabilly, Blues, & Swing
May 3- The Tim Stambaugh Band- Bluegrass, Celtic, folk & traditional
May 10- Tristeza - Bossa Nova
May 17- Charles Pettee and Friends-Bluegrass/Finger twisting acoustic originals
May 24- Saludos Compay- original and South American Music
May 31- Different Drum-American music with a World beat
Jazz & More Brunch!
11 am - 1 pm
On the lawn in Carrboro

Weaver Street Market's Jazz & More! Brunch is under way! This family friendly event is a great way to start your Sunday. Inside, we'll have fresh scones, muffins and sweet pastries in our bake case; fresh, hot coffee and a barista to make that special coffee drink; and an array of eggs, grits, pancakes or French Toast to fill you up! Outside, under the oaks, you'll hear a range of local bands playing Jazz, Americana, Blues, and Bluegrass; keeping everybody happy and dancing.

Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please keep the children out of the trees and fountain and dogs on leashes.
Band schedule:
April 15 - Joe Woodson and The Bean Trees- Americana music
April 22 - One Sun - World Beat instrumental jazz
April 29 - The Dave Youngman Group - classy jazz & blues sounds along
with the smooth vocals of Lola Youngman
May 6 - Susan Reeves - jazz vocalist sings blues flavored renditions of
standards and lesser-known gems
Scrap Exchange at Southern Village!
May 5, 2007 Noon - 2pm
Weaver Street Market Southern Village

Make a Gift for Mother's Day with the Scrap Exchange! This is a perfect opportunity to help children get creative for Mother's Day!
At 1:30 pm The Suzuki Academy of North Carolina will join in the fun with a performance.
Wine Show Results
Weaver Street Market's 3rd Annual Spring Wine Shows netted $1500.00 for the Cooperative Community Fund. Thanks to everyone who came out on a blistering hot Sunday to Carrboro to taste and compare over 40 wines and thanks also to the brave souls that showed up for the Southern Village wine show with temperatures only in the forties! Both shows were lots of fun and hugely successful!

Weaver Street Market's Cooperative Community Fund has been established as a permanent fund whose interest will be given annually to local groups working on issues relating to sustainable agriculture and organic food, hunger and malnutrition, environmental protection, and cooperatives. We expect that the CCF will grow rapidly to become a major factor in the achievement of our co-op's mission to be a vibrant, sustainable commercial center especially with such fabulous support from our community!

On the Street
Carrboro Arts & Crafts Market
Carrboro Town Commons
2nd and 4th Sunday, 1 - 5 pm.

Carrboro Sunday Market includes a flee market, antique market and original arts and crafts gathering. This market is located at the Carrboro Town Commons and it's held every 2nd and 4th Sunday from April through November and the first three Sundays in December from 1 - 5 pm. Most of the time there are live band performances, food and demonstrations from local artisans. This is a perfect opportunity for local artists, collectors to network and to sell or buy the fruits of artistry. For more information about the Market contact Sara at or phone 919-361-2615 or 919-638-9715.
Carolina Breakdown at the ArtsCenter
Featuring The Allen Boys & Tony Williamson Band
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 p.m.
UNC's Curriculum in Folklore and The ArtsCenter present an evening of Southern music and the people who make it! The Allen Boys, from a small church in Mt. Airy, are North Carolina's only Sacred Steel band. Like Robert Randolph, they play a driving, steel guitar-centered music found in select African American Pentecostal-Holiness churches. Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson pushes the boundaries of public mandolin perception. He and a stellar band will treat the audience to songs from his critically-acclaimed recording, "Sessions at McBane Mill." "Live" recordings of the evening will air on WXYC's new radio program Carolina Breakdown. Part of The ArtsCenter 4th annual American Roots Series. $13, $11 ArtsCenter Friends

On the Street
Piedmont Biofuels Card Swap
April 19 at the Weaver Street Market Farm Tour Kick-off Piedmont
Biofuels members will be able to exchange their keys and non-swipe
cards for a card to swipe at the Carrboro Biofuels pump!
Captain JS Pope Farm
by Cat Moleski, Contributing Writer
I arrived at the Captain John S. Pope Farm in a rush from a busy week. It was nice to relax as Bob and Tommy Pope walked me through the fields, pointing out the various flocks of sheep and the four huge llamas that live with them and protect them. The biggest llama had me in his sights as soon as I was on the property. Even from a great distance he was imposing. The farm has been in the family since the 1860s. The Popes farmed tobacco until a few years ago when Bob and Tommy realized that the American diet was changing and decided to change as well. They chose to raise lamb because it is leaner than beef. The sheep they raise are Dorpers; a breed that was developed in South Africa in 1946 and only came to the United States in 1995. The sheep are raised on pasture with no antibiotics or hormones and they drink only well water. Although there are shelters, the sheep prefer to be out in the grass, and even choose to lamb in the pasture instead of in the barns. This farm is new to the Piedmont Farm Tour this year and visitors will be able to walk through pastures down to one of the trace beginnings of the Eno. Lots of lambs and the llamas will be up close for looking but not for touching. The Pope's will be sampling lamb stew and riblets in the old farm washhouse. You'll be able to buy stew or riblets as well as frozen cuts of lamb. Bring a cooler and stock your freezer with high quality, grass-fed lamb.
Chatham County has Compost Bins
In case you missed the Orange County compost bin sale last Saturday (like I did), please note that compost bins are still available from Chatham County.

Chatham County Waste Management sells compost bins at the administrative office on County Landfill Road off Hwy 64, Monday - Friday from 7:00 - 3:30, and during Household Hazardous Waste collections. The price is $37.00.

For information about compost bin sales and demonstrations send an email to or call 542-5516.
Carrboro Farmers' Market Kid Event
Carrboro Farmers' Market Gives Away Tomato Seedlings to Kids!
Saturday April 21, 2007 8:30 AM

Kids, come get your free Sungold and Cherry tomato seedlings donated by Carrboro Farmers' Market vendors. The Market will give you growing instructions and the Orange County Master Gardeners will be there as well to offer planting advice. We then ask you to come back in 10 weeks time with a clipping from your seedling. We will display the fruit from your plant, state fair-style, for all to see and admire. This event is done the same weekend as the Carolina Farm Stewardship Piedmont Farm Tour with the goal of showing kids where their food comes from. "We hope that kids and their families not only enjoy watching their tomato plant grow but also talk about the taste of "home-grown" tomatoes by eating together," says Market manager, Sheila Neal. In 2005, the first year of the event, the Market gave away 180 seedlings with about 30 kids returning in July to show what their plants had yielded.

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May Wine Dinner

Wines of Spain
Monday, May 21
7 - 9:30 pm

Join us for a wine tasting of Spain's wonderful wine regions. Spain has the most land under vine in the world and yet is only third in production. Its arid climate and often drought conditions are the cause of extremely low average yields. From the cool Atlantic region of Galicia to the warmer mediterranean climate in the south, Spain's wine producing areas are extremely diverse offering deep rich, alcoholic reds to light minerally whites to its famous fortified wine, sherry. Spain has much to offer wine lovers and novices alike. So, join us Monday, May 21 for a tasting tour of this interesting wine-producing country.

The cost of this event is $40 per person; space is limited, so reserve early. Please pay in advance and pick up a ticket for this tasting at either Panzanella or the customer service desk at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.

Recipe: Braised Beef

1/4 cup olive oil
1 (3-pound) boneless beef chuck roast, or brisket of equal weight
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 bottles red wine, Italian of course!
2 to 4 cups beef stock, water is ok, chicken stock is better
2 sprigs rosemary
2 bay leaves

In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beef to the pan and add the wine, 2 cups of the stock, rosemary, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the meat is tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, occasionally turning the meat and skimming any foam that forms on the surface. Add the remaining 2 cups of stock, as needed, to keep the meat covered with liquid. When the meat is fork tender, remove it and allow to cool, just enough to be handled. Strain the liquid, discard the solids and return the sauce to a pot to reduce over med heat. Skim any fat or impurities off the top. Shred or chop the meat to the desired size. When the sauce looks the consistency of thin gravy, add the meat back to the pot. Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper if you wish.

Reduce 2 cups of heavy cream with 1 Tablespoon of prepared horseradish. Let the cream reduce by half. Be careful, as the cream will have a tendency to boil over. Let it come to a boil quickly, then turn down and let it reduce. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't overflow.

Cook some egg noodle or your favorite pasta as per the package directions. You could of course make your own if you are so inclined.

At the restaurant we like to take some of the sauce, add it to a sauté pan, toss in the pasta; allow it to cook for that final minute or thirty seconds in the sauce. Plate it in a pasta bowl, and drizzle a little cream over the top.