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young farmers at the farm feast

Eat, Drink and Be Local 

Juneeat, drink be local logo with picture of produce 18-25,  2022

Saturday June18th 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cooking Demonstrations at Conover (109 1st St. E. Conover Post Office) and Hickory (Under the Sails in Union Square) Local Farmers Markets

Monday 20th 6:30 p.m. Farm Tour at Free Folk Pastures. No registration needed
4168 County Home Rd. Conover, NC. 

Free Folk Pastures raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and now cattle and some pigs. They have brought their experience and expertise to Catawba County and have built a thriving farm business.

Tuesday 21st 6:00 p.m. Farm Tour at Catawba Mushroom Partners. No registration needed. 2780 Rosewood Lane, Newton, NC 

Catawba Mushroom Partners sell several types of mushrooms and have been our main main mushroom provider at the Hickory Farmers Market. Come see their process and grow rooms and learn more about how they have made this a successful farm business.

Wednesday 22nd, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jun Fermentation Workshop
NC Extension- Catawba Center 1175 S. Brady St. Newton, NC

picture of Shanti VolpShanti Volp- Jun  (Similar to Kombucha but with green tea, honey and fruit)
$10 All materials included. Sold Out  
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut and that your  brain communicates with your gut? Shanti Volpe, RN, BSN, IBCLC is a nurse, perinatal educator, lactation consultant, wife, mother and founder and owner of Shanti Elixirs.

Thursday 23rd 11-1 p.m. Cooking Demonstration at The Public Health Farmers Market. 3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE. Catawba County Public Health

Thursday 23rd  3-4 p.m.  Backyard Poultry with NCSU Intern Rose Pennigton, N.C. Cooperative Extension- Catawba Center 1175 S. Brady Ave. Newton, NC

Saturday 25th  1-4 p.m. (Farm Tour and ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30) Grand Opening of Raising Roots Farm, 2711 Snow Creek Rd. NE, Hickory

picture of a table spread with local foodsSaturday 25th FARM FEAST- 6-9 p.m.  Raising Roots Farm $30 with an option to reserve a table of ten.

This year we will hold the Farm Feast out at Raising Roots Farm. After taking two years off of offering the Farm Feast, we are ready to do something different this year by partnering with Raising Roots Farm and having the Feast on their property. During the day they will have a family friendly Grand Opening from 1-4 p.m. with entertainment by Shelby Ray Moore and food and drinks available for purchase. The Farm Feast will be later that evening from 6-9 p.m. and is a ticketed event with entertainment by the Juston Clyde Williams Band and food by local chef Ben Sullivan featuring three different types of tacos, several vegetable sides and salads and a strawberry cobbler with Pina colada ice cream. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Eat, Drink and Be Local is an annual weeklong celebration of local food in Catawba County happening in June or July. You can join in by enjoying shopping at the farmers market and trying a new recipe at home, or attending one of the many events throughout the week. For more information contact April Vigardt at 828-465-8243 or

If you would like to be involved with the festival as a volunteer, please contact April Vigardt