Slow and Ugly Tomato Contest August 21st

so ugly, so good

Slow Food and local tomatoes just seem to go hand in hand. In this session, Slow Food Southeast Governor and Brown-Forman chef, Mark Williams will lead a summer celebration of the queen of the veggie garden – the tomato! Bring your own entry for the Ugly Tomato Context! Click here to register.

WHEN: August 21st, 2-4 pm

WHERE: Yew Dell Gardens, Crestwood, KY

COST: $20 Yew Dell Members/ $25 Non-Yew Dell Members


Slow Food Bluegrass Announces New Board Members

Photo by Steve Coomes, courtesy of Insider Louisville


Slow Food Bluegrass is back with some help! We are excited to welcome 20 board members to help bring Good, Clean, and Fair food to the Bluegrass region. Slow Food Bluegrass still needs your help to plan events, volunteer, and serve on committees. A big thank you to the following people for volunteering their Slow Food leadership!

Slow Food Bluegrass Co-Leaders: Steve Wilson and Maggie Keith

Secretary: Sarah Keith

Treasurer: John Delautre

Communications: Stephanie Greene and Maggie Galloway

Marketing: April Perkins, Siofra Rucker, and John Reigelman

Slow Food in Schools and Communities: Jim Whaley, John Delautre, Sherry Hurley, Gabe Sowder, and Rachel Reigelman

Farmer Liaison: Mary Beth Smith and Chuck Smith

Bluegrass Ark of Taste: Jay Deuham

Good, Clean, Fair Food at Local Events: Justin Gilbert, Sherry Hurley, and Morgan Hamilton

Special Projects: Kristin King Gilbert

Volunteer Coordinator: Lindsay Ofcacek

Slow Food in Restaurants: Morgan Hamilton and April Perkins

Slow Food and the Food and Farm Bill

In June, Slow Food Bluegrass co-chair, Maggie Keith, joined 16 Slow Food USA leaders and staff from 12 states to discuss broad stroke goals for the Food and Farm Bill campaign. Over the course of two days, the group started thinking about the narrative that exists around our food and farming system and came up with some good stuff. For more information about the Farm Bill, check out this Slow Food USA blog entry.

Shawnee Neighborhood Fresh Stop

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Come out and support slow food for everyone in Louisville! New Root’s Fresh Stop Project is a bi-weekly fresh local food stop that connects low-income Slow Food eaters with affordable food from Kentucky farmers. All shares are prepaid and available for a sliding scale of $12 for EBT/Food Stamp users and others who meet income eligibility requirements for WIC and $25 for all others. We are looking for people who can buy shares for $25 as this helps subsidize the lower income shares. Everyone benefits from this arrangement as the bounty increases with increased dollars. We are also looking for volunteers to come out before and after the Fresh Stops to sort produce, greet shareholders, and share knowledge on cooking from scratch. Call Karyn Moskowitz at 502.475.8979 or email Cash donations to New Roots are needed and welcomed as well!

The next Shawnee Neighborhood Fresh Stop is Thursday, July 21st, 4:30-6:30 PM, at 37th and River Park Drive at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Fresh Stops will continue every other Thursday until the end of October, or until the KY produce runs out! For more information visit New Root’s Facebook page,

Will Dailey Road to Farm Aid Show

Road to Farm Aid is a musical road show featuring singer/songwriter Will Dailey, who will be performing at clubs and farms along the way to and from his performance at Farm Aid 2011.

See Will Dailey at Uncle Slayton’s in downtown Louisville August 9th. For more information visit

Will Dailey and his band The Rivals will help raise awareness for Farm Aid’s mission to keep family farmers on their land in order to guarantee an agricultural system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens our communities, protects our natural resources and delivers good food to all. At each event, Farm Aid’s partners in the region will highlight the work they are doing to support family farm-centered food systems. Dailey and his band will be offering free and discounted tickets to farmers, as well as utilizing Farm Aid’s website and social networking sites to select opening bands from each of the cities along the way.

About Will Dailey: Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a two-time winner of a Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Dailey has released two full-length albums (Back Flipping Forward and Torrent) through CBS Records and his music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films. He has appeared on stage with Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at two of their philanthropic Farm Aid concerts, and recently completed work on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett. After seeing Will Dailey in concert, the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante favorably contrasted him with the performers on American Idol, writing, “Forget the last five months of force-fed artificial pop music on TV that just crowned a king (who I’m betting will be forgotten as quickly as he was created) – Will Dailey is the real deal.”

About Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.