May 2019 Newsletter

May 6, 2019 by

Locavores rejoice! Produce is finally poppin’ off!
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Launch of the LEAP Mobile Market season!

Starting May 14, the LEAP Mobile Market will resume bringing fresh, local produce to Roanoke neighborhoods that otherwise lack access to fresh food. We’ve expanded our reach to include 11 weekly stops this year – see the full schedule and map below! All stops are open to the public and we accept cash, debit, credit, and EBT. And of course, like all LEAP markets, the Mobile Market will accept and double SNAP-EBT (food stamps) and also double purchases made by Medicaid and WIC recipients. We also left some flexibility in the schedule, so if you’d like the Mobile Market to visit your neighborhood or special event, please reach out! Come check out our fully-integrated pop-up farmers market display (thanks to JMU Industrial Design) and gorgeous artwork (courtesy of Kamila Love), and stock up on farm-fresh produce in your neighborhood!

Check out our 2018 Annual Report

We’re pleased to release our 2018 Annual Report! This broad overview of our work over the course of last year illustrates how LEAP’s various programs continued to meet community needs and build up our local food system. A message from our Director, a look at the state of our finances, and a deeper dive into each of our program areas – the LEAP KitchenMarkets (including Grandin VillageWest End, and the LEAP Mobile Market), Farm Share & Food HubHealthy Food Incentives, and Virginia Fresh Match – will give you an idea what we’ve been busy with in the past year, who we serve and how, and just how effective we’ve been in meeting our goals.

Zucchinis and Bellinis at Grandin Market 5/11

Join us at the Grandin Village Farmers Market on Saturday, May 11th to enjoy a brunch cocktail while you shop from your local farmers and food vendors! Have a true brunch experience by purchasing a meal from our prepared food vendors, or find inspiration among our local farmer’s tables for you own homemade brunch ingredients.
Mother’s Day weekend, we are delighted to feature bloom | restaurant & wine-bar (a soon to be open farm-to-table restaurant on Main St. in Wasena) who will be serving brunch-style drinks available for $5 each! We will also have live music by Electric Road from 9-11.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE CUP! Cups will also be available for purchase. Thanks for your help in making this a low-waste event!

Care about food? Share your voice!

This brief survey only takes 2 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help the Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission with their regional food system planning efforts. Visit:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJWRTXV

Common Grain Alliance quarterly meeting

Make plans to join the Common Grain Alliance for their second quarterly meeting of 2019 on Monday, May 6 in Roanoke!

Itinerary: please note this meeting will happen in two locations, first at the mill and then 10 minutes away in the Grandin Village.
3-4 pm Deep Roots Milling–1905 Aberdeen Ave SW, Roanoke. This is a residential address, please park on the street. Charlie Wade will show us his milling operation. He and Daniel Austin will talk about corn and the various milled products that come from corn.
4:45-6:15 Grandin Co-Lab–1327 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015.
Member meeting agenda:

– What does our current regional grain system look like? Member Survey Results
– How do I stay in touch with our network? New Website and Member Directory, Regional Meet-Up Groups, #[our new hashtag]
– How will we grow the grain movement? Baker Pledge to Use Regional Grain, 2020 Goals and Targets
– Where do we want to be in 5 to 10 years? Articulating a Big, Audacious Goal for the CGA
6:30 Networking social at Bethlehem 2. – 1327 Grandin Rd SW (next door to Co-Lab).  We will have dinner at this Mediterranean restaurant, open to the public.

Make us part of your Saturday morning routine!
Come stock up on early-season produce (asparagus! strawberries!), starts for your garden, baked goods, prepared foods, and oh-so-much more, now EVERY SATURDAY through Thanksgiving! And come toast to local food on May 11 at our Zucchinis & Bellinis brunch event (details above).
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Fresh Food in the West End
Lots of new faces at the West End this time of year, including Blacksburg Bagels with a variety of gluten-free and gluten-full baked goodies, and our weekly Farm Share pickups have likewise begun. Plus garden starts, salsa and other local packaged goods, and of course the freshest food to be found, every single Tuesday!
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Become a LEAP Community Partner! Support LEAP and snag some great deals at the Community Markets. LEAP Partnerships are open to businesses- let LEAP help promote the great work you do in the community!

Buy a LEAP Market Gift Certificate for a longtime market-goer or to introduce a friend to the market.

Want to volunteer with LEAP?  LEAP runs on community support. Let us know if you have a special skill you’d love to share!

Have a question? Email Maureen at maureen@LEAPforlocalfood.org.

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