September 20, 2010 Issue No. 20
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3rd Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival!  Announcing partnership with Farmer Foodshare, Whole Foods 5% Day & Cooking from a CSA Box with Zely & Ritz
Dear Abundant People,

We are pretty much all Pepper all the time the next two weeks...get your tickets today @ $15!  They'll be going up to $25 on Oct. 1st.  Check out some of the dishes the local Chef's are preparing below and we'll have the King and Queen Crowns tomorrow!  If you want a preview, we'll be at Whole Foods in Cary tomorrow and at the Briar Chapel Art of Living event on Saturday from 4-6.  Also, check out the Zely and Ritz cooking class on Saturday...probably one of the most common food problems....HOW DO I COOK ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL FRESH LOCAL FOOD?!  Thanks again to you all for reading and for caring about local food, renewable energy and community.
The Amazing 3rd Annual Pepper Festival! Oct. 3rd
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October 3rd, 4-7pm, come out to celebrate local food, sustainable agriculture, Piedmont Biofarms 40+ pepper tasting, 12 local Chef's Pepper dishes like:  Angelina's grilled roasted pepper pizzas, Chatham Marketplace's sweet potato biscuits with sweet jemison peppers and cherry chocolate brownies, Crook's Corner's famous hot pepper jelly, cream cheese crackers, Lucky 32's pepper Chow Chow served atop local grass fed beef tongue, Zely and Ritz's sweet pepper sorbet (we'll tell you more as the menu items are sent in)!, & Triangle Brewery's pepper beer. Dance to Holy Ghost Tent Revival and have some fun!  Early tickets are $15 each!!  To buy tickets, click hereA Special thank you to our Sponsors for making this happen:  Briar Chapel, EcoFry, Whole Foods, Capital Bank, Chatham Marketplace, Larry's Beans, openNMS, Piedmont Biofuels, Triangle Brewery, The Sustainable Agriculture Program @ CCCC, & Weaver Street RealtyWe are excited to see the local pepper dishes of18 Seaboard, Angelina's Kitchen, Carolina Inn, Chatham Marketplace, Chipotle, Crook's Corner, The General Store Cafe, Lucky 32, Market Restaurant, Mez, The Natural Chef Program of CCCC, and Zely & Ritz! 
*We'll have a cash bar with fun reusable pepper pints for $10/includes beer or $3 a beer and $4 for a glass of local winery, Benjamin Vineyards merlot and chardonnay. 
*A tour of the Eco-Industrial park will happen between sets of music!
Late Shift @ The Plant with The Naked Gods
September 25th

Join us for another evening of outdoor music and outdoor pizza in the new woodfired oven!  Tickets are just $5 advance and $7 at the door.  To purchase tickets, click here.
People Highlight:
Doug Jones,
Farmer of the Year & Plant Breeder Extraordinaire
Farmer Doug
Farmer Doug Jones is a master at what he does...he not only grows pounds of fresh sustainable food for our community, but he teaches dozens of interns, classes, other farmers and Children's groups about sustainable agriculture and seed saving.  It's hard enough to farm, especially when our climate is changing rapidly, but he takes the time out to talk about the details.  We are so fortunate to have him on our project and to be a part of his Sweet Pepper Project.  Doug's vision is to make the sweet pepper a staple in the North Carolina not only grows well here, it is full of vitamin A & C!  For more education on local food, come out to see Doug (aka Dr. Pepper) at the Pepper Festival!!
tobago peppers and habanero peppers,

Tamela Schwerin
The Abundance Foundation
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Tuesday, September 21st (THAT's TOMORROW!)
Whole Foods of Cary has generously chosen Abundance for it's 5% day.  Come see us and buy some groceries!  Buy lots of groceries...stock up! ;) 5% of the days net sales will be donated to us!

farmer foodshare
farmer foodshare
We are pleased to partner with the good folks of Farmer
...helping the food insecure receive fresh local food while also supporting our local farmers.  Perfect.  Please support this great effort:

Join local farmers, shoppers and volunteers on September 25th from 8 am - 12 noon for the Triangle Farmer Foodshare Challenge-a one-day effort to raise over 4,000 pounds of fresh local food for hungry people in the Triangle. The Carrboro Farmers' Market, Durham Farmers' Market, S. Estes Farmers' Market in Chapel Hill and the Western Wake Farmers' Market (WWFM) in Cary are joining together in this effort to provide fresh, local food for the food insecure in the Triangle and to help support area farmers.

Chef Sarig

Cooking from a CSA Box
with Chef Sarig of Zely and Ritz!  September 25th.  If you act fast, there are a couple of spots left! 
Click here.
October 24th:  Homemade Bread Quick and Slow with Linda Watson.  To register, click Linda's picture.

Coming up: 
November 6th: Solar Air Heater with Stephen Hren
November 13, 2010 - Creating Life-Serving Communities with Nonviolent Communication with Jesse Wiens and Catherine Cadden

Chatham Arts Sustainable Cinema

Join us September 28th, 7.00pm for the film, Hungry for Green by Matthew Barr at Fearrington Barn in Pittsboro.  We'll watch the film along with 3 shorts and then have a panel discussion with the Director Matthew Barr, Tami Schwerin of The Abundance Foundation, Mary DeMare of Chatham Marketplace, Roland McReynolds of CFSA, Tes Thraves of CEFS & Robin Kohanowich of CCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program.  "This is an important film that underscores the urgency of achieving agricultural sustainability to help alleviate hunger and protect our natural environgment" Ken Burns.
For more info, click here.

Building our local foodshed, modeling renewable energy and inspiring community.