September 2016 Newsletter

Oct 27, 2016 by

We’d like to introduce you to some new people in local food world. Say hi when you see them around!

Tim Saunders, serving a year-long AmeriCorps State position with LEAP, will focus on outreach and marketing in partnership with Healthy Start.

Tim is a Roanoke native and recently returned to the area after spending 17 years traveling yet mostly living in Western North Carolina. He earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy at Warren Wilson College near Asheville North Carolina. His great-grandmother, Flora, was a vendor for the Roanoke City Market before he was born; however, his love of local food and farming only ignited once he left home. He is thrilled to return to our valley with a renewed sense of place, a vigor for local food security and a passion for building community. A former chef/caterer, he appreciates the desire to make healthy food economical, flavorful and approachable. In his spare time he loves exploring mountain trails with his dog, Rue,  spending time with his new yoga community at Uttara Yoga, experimenting with fermentation projects in his kitchen, and tending his young Permaculture garden.

Kathleen Reed is the new Agriculture Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extensionserving Roanoke City, Salem, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County. New to the area, Kathleen recently completed a Master’s degree in Community Sustainability with a focus on Community Food and Agriculture System Development from Michigan State University and worked with the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems during her time there.

As an Ag Agent, Kathleen will be working to bring support and resources from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University to the community in the areas of farmer support, community education/programming, community development, food system development, gardening, and more! If you’d like to inquire about programming, ask a question, or introduce yourself, she can be reached at or 540-772-7524.

Did you make it to the Deschutes Street Pub?

It was an amazing day! LEAP was honored to be a beneficiary of the event and a big thanks to all the LEAPsters who volunteered and joined in the fun. The Roanoke Deschutes Street Pub broke records– it welcomed with 22,000 visitors, tapped 241 kegs of Deschutes beer, and raised $81,000 for local non-profits. Join us in welcoming Deschutes Brewery to Roanoke and in thanking Deschutes and Roanoke Outside for putting on a amazing event!

Kitchen Member spotlight: Blessed ‘N’ Highly Flavored
Blessed ‘N’ Highly Flavored is a versatile ministry-business operated by Elizabeth Haley. Our leading service is catering however, we also offer homemade baked goods for all occasions, cupcake fundraisers, venue/catering supply rentals, and so much more. We strive to provide flexible, traditional and creative catering, while at the same time providing reasonable pricing for our clients. We aim to execute in excellence each task that we’re blessed with and we stand on our commitment to operate with integrity and to make a difference in the lives of everyone we come into contact with. Blessed ‘N’ Highly Flavored can be reached at 540-339-6165 or
Summer meets autumn in the most delicious ways
Summer produce like corn, tomatoes, peaches, and melons are on their slow fade, while fall crops like sweet potatoes, winter squash, and the return of tender greens abount. Now is also the time to reserve your locally raised turkey from Good Food Good People or Four Corners Farm
New vendor highlight
Market Manager Sam is now making sandwich bread out of The Kitchen under the name The Sour Doe. Check it out!
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!

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