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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Love at First Bite: Delicious Valentine Dinner at Spring House Restaurant

Love at First Bite at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen, & Bar celebrating St. Valentine's Day February 13 - 15. Course #2 sounds exceptionally good - - - our goat cheese Make your reservations now!

St. Valentine’s Celebration

Friday February 14
All Day

It’s Love at First Bite—join us for a romantic evening at Spring House.
Four-Course Dinner
$69 per guest
LOVE at First Bite!

St. Valentine's Day Weekend Celebration; Thursday February 13 thru Saturday February 15.

Our NEW Winter Menu and a very special Tasting Menu:
Course 1: Lobster Ravioli "Bisque" or Roasted Pumpkin Soup.

Course 2: Flora Ridge Bibb Lettuce, Buffalo Creek Goat Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts or Baby Spinach & Flash-Fried RRO Oysters.

Course 3: Seared Tuna and Shrimp or Thai BBQ Wild Boar or Beef Tenderloin or Southern Surf and Turf featuring Heritage Farm Pork wrapped Lobster Tail.

Course 4: Chocolate Extravaganza.

Ring 336.293.4797 for reservations and visit for additional information.


As Featured in Bon Appetit and on Food Network's Chopped: Grillmasters

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Growing Your Farm or Food Business: The Power of Branding

Sign up now for Growing Your Farm or Food Business: The Power of Branding at the 3rd Annual Piedmont Grown Conference in Winston-Salem. Good discussions and good food too!

All details & purchase tickets:

 The 3rd Annual Piedmont Grown Conference!
Growing Your Farm or Food Business
The Power of Branding 
February 24, 2014
8:30a -  2:00p
Forsyth County Agriculture Building, Winston-Salem

8:30     Registration & Coffee           
9:00     Welcome
            Jay Pierce, President, Piedmont Grown & Executive Chef, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
9:15     Keynote: What Are You Really Selling?  Finding Your Place in the Market
                     Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farm, Virginia
10:00   Break & Networking
10:15   Breakout Session #1 (choose 1)
A) Increasing Your Sales at Farmers' Markets - Ellen Polishuk (PVF)
B) FSMA Update & GAPs Certification - Roland McReynolds (CFSA)
11:30   Breakout Session #2 : (choose 1)
A) Selling to Retailers & Other Commercial Accounts - Local Retailer and Farmer Panel
B) Tech Tools in Farming & Marketing- using Ag-Squared, COG Pro, Twitter, Facebook, Veggie Compass etc. - Jonathan Baros (NCSU)
12:30   Lunch and networkingLuncheon featuring local and organic products provided by Spring House Restaurant and Chef Tim Grandinetti.  Lunch is included with purchase of conference ticket.
1:15     Closing Session- Wrap Up and Evaluation
*Agenda and speakers subject to change.

Two Optional Field Trips: 2- 3:30 pm.
A. Tour of the Lowes Foods Flagship store in Clemmons-- Kate Allred (store director),  Trisha Walton (Community Table Manager) and Rebecca Dunning (NCSU)
B. Chef and Farmer Summit -- Chris Jeffcoat (Forsyth County Livestock Agent) & Mary Jac Brennan (NCSU)
Membership and Conference Special! 
Renew your annual memberhsip or sign up for a new membership and register for the conference in ONE easy step!  
Check out our website online ( to learn more about the certification process.
** Tickets may also be purchased at the door.**

Box Turtle Bakery * Lucky 32 * Homeland Creamery * Plum Granny Farm 
Counter Culture Coffee
To become an Event Sponsor please email

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Garden Workshop: Creating a Garden Diary

Garden Workshop: Creating a Garden Diary - Building Image

Thursday, February 13, 2014
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Frank L. Horton Museum Center
(924 S. Main Street)
Presented by
Mary Jac Brennan,
Forsyth County Agent,

Save your personal and valuable garden records by organizing each season into an easy personal format. Whether written in a notebook or entered on a created computer template, you will have information to enhance your gardening experience.
This lunch time workshop will last about one hour. Attendees may bring a lunch; beverages provided.

A free workshop hosted by Old Salem Horticulture.

For more information or to pre-register for any workshop, please email or call 336-721-7357 and leave a message with name, number attending, workshop title, and your contact information.

Support the work of Old Salem Horticulture through your membership in the Friends of the Gardens.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

King Farmers' Market at the YMCA Seeks Producers

Meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2PM at the Stokes Family YMCA for the 2014 market. If you would like to participate in the producers only King Farmers' Market at the YMCA, plan on attending or contact the Market Manager through their FB page.

Applications will be available during the meeting and afterwards too.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Grazing, Nutrition and Soils Workshop: A Sustainable Approach to Animal Nutrition, Animal Health and Pasture Management

Grazing, Nutrition, and Soils Workshop: A Sustainable Approach to Animal Nutrition, Animal Health, and Pasture Management
January 29, 2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Guilford Agriculture Center (Barn Kitchen) at 3375 Burlington Road in Greensboro, NC


· Jeff Mattocks, Fertrell Nutritionist
· Dr. Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley Staff Veterinarian
· Marti Day, Area Specialized Extension Agent, NC Cooperative Extension
· Ben Chase, Ag and Livestock Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

This is a FREE workshop. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Chatham Cooperative Extension at 919-542-8202 or by e-mailing with “Grazing Workshop” in the subject line.

For more information call Marti Day at 919-691-3062.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Goat Cheese Tasting in Winston-Salem on January 18th

Head over to Let It Grow Produce on Saturday, January 18th starting at 10am for Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery's goat cheese tasting.  Cheese maker Johnny Blakley will at LIG to let you sample a variety of our goat's milk cheeses and answer your questions about our Forsyth County goat dairy, farm, and more! 

Let It Grow Produce
4825 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC
In addition to our farm store and seasonal farmer's markets, you can find a selection of our goat's milk cheeses at LIG year round!

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Germanton, NC 27019

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is located on Buffalo Creek Farm Road in Germanton, NC near the intersection of Hwy 65 and Hwy 8 (Germanton Road) at the Forsyth / Stokes County line. We are a few miles north of Winston-Salem and a short drive from Rural Hall, King, Walkertown, Kernersville, Walnut Cove, Danbury, High Point, Greensboro, Pilot Mountain, Mt. Airy and other communities in the Piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia. In our on site Farm Store, we have both raw milk aged goat cheese and fresh chevres, grass fed beef, pastured lamb and pastured free range eggs along with our handmade goat's milk soap and other local goodness.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Slow Food Piedmont's 3rd Annual Seed Swap & Potluck

at Old Salem
Saturday, January 18, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Old Salem Visitors Center
Gray Auditorium
(900 Old Salem Road) 
Join this Saturday seed swapping fun! 
Slow Food Piedmont, with support from Old Salem Horticulture, will hold the much anticipated, annual seed swapping event for both new and long-time heirloom seed growers.

Seed swapping is also story swapping and there will be time to share the known history of special seeds, as well as to swap growing experiences from the wide variety of seeds grown and saved in our area.

A potluck lunch is a part of this day of fun, swap & share – you are invited to bring a dish you love to make from your garden bounty or from a favorite family recipe. Everyone is welcome!

Please bring a permanent marker and containers for seeds. Small envelopes, prescription bottles without labels, and film canisters work well.

"Seeds with Stories"
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
For those special seeds that have stories, growers please register for this morning session by contacting Slow Food Piedmont

Preparing for the Seed Swap:
[view/download PDF - Resources and Links for Seed Saving]


For questions or more information about the Seed Swap, please contact Slow Food Piedmont
In case of inclement weather, Seed Swap will be cancelled if Old Salem is closed; check here.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Landscape For Life Course

Register for the nationally acclaimed Landscape for Life™ Course!

Where– King Branch of the Northwest Regional Library system 101 Pilot View Drive in King

When– February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014 from 6:30 pm—8:30 pm.

Cost- $10 per person
Advance registration is required

Contact– Randy Fulk
Horticulture Agent

The Landscape for Life™ educational series instructs homeowners on how to create and maintain healthy and beautiful landscapes that benefit their family and the surrounding community.

Homeowners learn how to work with nature, no matter where they live, whether they garden in a city or suburban lot, a 20-acre farm or the common area of a condominium.

The educational series is comprised of four classes that explore the role of soils, water, vegetation and materials in sustainable landscape design.

Sustainable landscapes can help alleviate the pressure being placed on the Earth’s ecosystems by working with nature to provide clean air and water, fertile soils and other essential aspects of our daily lives.

The Landscape for Life™ series is a product of the Sustainable Sites Initiative- a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Want to Be a Master Gardener?

Join the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Stokes County!

Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2:00 PM
Where: Shelton Room at the King Public Library...
101 Pilot View Drive, King, NC 27021

Do you-

Have a passion for plants and gardening?
Have the time and desire to participate in a practical and intense training program?
Want to share your knowledge with people in the community?
Have the time to serve as an Extension volunteer?

If your answer is YES, the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program may be for you!

The Extension Master Gardener Training Course includes 16 weeks of intensive Horticulture training

Contact: Randy Fulk- Horticulture Extension Agent
(336) 593-8179