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It’s Greening My Plate Week in the High Country

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Apr. 24 | Modified: May. 6
It’s Greening My Plate Week in the High Country

In a lead-up to the opening of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for the 2014 season, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture has a week’s worth of activities to get you in the mood to get your hands dirty and craving locally grown food.

More than a dozen community events are scheduled from April 26 to May 3, as part of the inaugural “Greening My Plate Week.”

The week of eco-friendly and homegrown events will include farm tours, chicken harvesting, workshops, book readings and anything else that will shake loose the doldrums of a winter past.

“Greening My Plate” week takes issues to the root of the matter with a fun and educational tour at New Life Farm at 8 a.m. Saturday. Participants will join the Bryk family in helping processing chickens.

After playing on the farm this weekend, guests will want to get cleaned up for an evening of making cocktails at CoBo Sushi Bistro & Bar from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Bartenders Teddy Bourgeois and Sarah Myers will lead guests in an interactive workshop and discussion about making cocktails using seasonal and local ingredients.

The week continues with the “Dig Into Local Fair” at Appalachian State University’s Sanford Mall, from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The event will showcase community and on-campus organizations that promote local food, according to a news release.

In previous installments, the fair was designed as part of the university’s Earth Day celebrations but took more of an “eat local” feel to it in support and promotion of “Greening My Plate Week,” said Suzanne Fleishman, program coordinator at Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.

The concept for the “eat local” and “grow local” themed event began in loose conversations and meetings organized by Margie Mansure, an agent with Watauga County Cooperative Extension, Fleishman said.

At these meetings, approximately 20 organizations were represented.

“From that, we decided to do a promotional food event in the High Country,” Fleishman said. “That’s how this idea came about.”

The idea to hold such an event the week before the farmers’ market’s season opening seemed like a natural progression.

Most importantly, the event served as the perfect mouthpiece for promoting these two causes.
“I think that being in such a beautiful region that has such a history of agriculture is incredibly important for the local community,” Fleishman said on preparing the event. “To recognize the importance of growing and eating locally and how it affects the health in our community (is also important).”

For a full listing of events happening next week and to register, visit

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