Go to food festivals, natch.
Right around lunch time, Vore and I headed to downtown Birmingham for the Fresh Works Festival benefiting Jones Valley Teaching Farm. JV is beyond amazing. The farm is a reclaimed lot right in the middle of downtown that passionate people transformed into an organic farm. Kids visit to learn where food comes from, and we all love their produce.
While I’ve bought from these guys at the Farmer’s Market many times, I had no idea how huge the farm is. It is gorgeous! There are neat rows of pretty produce and flowers, chickens and even a goat, who was being milked while we were there today.
It was so cool to walk around the facilities, looking on the tall buildings as a backdrop. The festivities around the farm were equally impressive. Hello, food truck bonanza!
The good folks at Jones Valley called in food trucks from all around the Southeast, and boy was the eating good. I had a Vietnamese tofu taco from locals Fresh Off the Bun. Vore got into a chicken biscuit and gravy from Nashville’s Biscuit Love and a crab/grilled peach salad from The Mobile Marlay, a Decatur favorite. We both inhaled ah-mazing gelato from Atlanta’s Honeysuckle. Then we ventured toward the teaching stage to find a surprise…
Hey there Martie Duncan from the Next Food Network Star! Guess who watches every week? Me! I was thrilled to see her demonstration in action and then introduce myself afterwards. How cute is she? Martie was a treat.
If you’re local, I can’t preach enough about the good Jones Valley is doing for our city and our kids. Please support them where you can. If you’re not-so-local, how about I petition you to vote for the charming Ms. Martie? She’d be so fun to watch on Food Network.