September 29, 2010 Issue No. 21
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The 3rd Annual Amazing  Pittsboro Pepper Festival-this Sunday Oct. 3rd 4-7 pm!
Dear Abundant People,

OK, we are obsessed with peppers and the Pepper Posse is working tirelessly to create an event that you will not forget!  This newsletter is dedicated to the Sponsors, to the local Chef's, to the Volunteers, to our Board of Directors and to YOU!  We thank everyone involved for making this Festival the best on for all the piquant plates and play planned!!
(oh...and tickets go up from $15 to $25 on friday for procrastinators!)
The Amazing 3rd Annual Pepper Festival! Oct. 3rd
pepper festival

Sunday, October 3rd, 4-7pm,
come out to celebrate local food, sustainable agriculture, Piedmont Biofarms 40+ pepper tasting, 12 local Chef's Pepper dishes like:  (see Pepper Provocations) Triangle Brewery's pepper beer. Dance to Holy Ghost Tent Revival and have some fun!  Early tickets are $15 each before Oct. 1st. 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.  We'll also have beer from FullSteam Brewery of Durham.
*A tour of the Eco-Industrial park will happen between sets of music!
Who will be crowned King and Queen of the Pepper Festival?
Every harvest festival needs a King and Queen and this year we went pepperwild and commissioned a King and Queen crown from Goldbug Studios of Raleigh.  Ashely Carter, the founder is modeling her creation.  The Sponsors, Chefs and Board of Directors had a contest to see who could sell the most tickets to Pepper Festival.  And we are getting down to the wire....the winners will be crowned on Sunday.  A very formal affair.  And then of course, they will be traveling the state spreading the word about sweet peppers until they hand over the crown next year ;)
See you Sunday!
jennie We can't wait until Sunday to talk Peppers, meet the Chef's and taste their pepper dishes and dance and talk.  Our Sponsors and Chefs are all extremely special and have something in common:  love of local food and sustainability.

Our locally made organic Pepper Tshirts just came yesterday!  If you've never heard of TS Designs in Burlington, check out their website:  click here. 
They are creating a "dirt to shirt" product with local cotton and will eventually have local organic cotton.  Wow.
pepper pizzas and pulled pork,

Tamela Schwerin
Your Pepper Planner
The Abundance Foundation
tulips cut from sweet peppers made by The General Store Cafe
pepper flower
Pepper Points:

To most people "bell pepper" usually means the traditional green pepper.  However, a green pepper is actually an immature fruit.  Fully ripe bell shaped peppers can be red, yellow, orange and other colors.  They are much sweeter and richer in nutrients than green ones.  Yellow peppers have two times more vitamin C and red peppers have more than nine times more vitamin A than green peppers according to the USDA Food Database.   There is also increasing evidence that the "phytonutrients" associated with brightly colored vegetables include anti-carcinogenic and other health benefits. Such a vital food could be a great addition in the fight against the ongoing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and cancer.   

Pepper Provocations:


 From our Local Chef's:

Pamlico Shrimp & Sweet Pepper Salad w/ Wildflower Honey, Grilled Roasted Pepper Pizzas, Roasted Pepper Crostinis with Chevre from Hillsborough Cheese Company on Neomond Bakery bread, Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits with Sweet Jemison and Sweet Red Peppers and Numex Big Jim and Cherry Chocolate Brownies,
Chips, drizzled with lime juice and Kosher salt and corn salsa made with poblano chilles,
Hot Pepper Jelly with Crackers and Cream Cheese, Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers, Chow-Chow to be served atop stewed local grass-fed beef tongue on crostini.  (cow is from Bradds Family Farm in Grey's Chapel)
Sweet Pepper Sorbet,
Pulled Pork & Chipotle Pepper Casserole and more surprizes...

Perky Pepper Press

Prance & Play
to the Spicy Tunes of Holy Ghost Tent Revival!


We chose this high energy band from Greensboro on purpose. 
It's time to celebrate our community, our efforts in sustainability and the PEPPER!  Characterized as "explosively intoxicating," NC's Holy Ghost Tent Revival cannot be pigeonholed into any popular genre. Melding brass with banjo, guitar, bass, drums, and keys this six-piece ensemble boasts an eclectic mash of instruments and styles --  a musical alchemy all their own.  

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