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When you participate in the Local Foods Challenge, you also gain access to a fun and educational series of events all month-long! Most of the events are free to attend, with a couple of exceptions. More classes and events to come, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details.

Opening Party
May 27, 2015 5-8 p.m.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 4465 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63110Drop by Urban Chestnut for this festive kick-off party of the first annual St. Louis Local Food Challenge. Enjoy a brew and wine samples from partner Chaumette Vineyards and Winery, pick up your Local Food Challenge Tote and get ready to embark on your month-long challenge!

Planning Your Meal around Seasonal Offerings
June 2, 6-7:30
Location: Local Harvest Café, 3137 Morgan Ford Road, 63116
Liz Fathman and Maddie Earnest give you tips and ideas for incorporating more local foods into your meal planning. Learn local resources for shopping, plan out a week’s worth of meals and sample some easy summer fare. LIMIT 30

Farm-to-Table 101: The Basics of Cooking Nutritious and Delicious Grass-Fed Beef
J une 4, 6-8 p.m.
Location: 3437 Caroline Street, St. Louis, MO  63104.  Room 3046. (SLU CAMPUS South of I-40)
Learn the basics of true farm-to-table eating, starting with nutritious and delicious locally raised grass- fed beef. The Farmer Girl Meats team will teach their time-tested tips and tricks for cooking flavorful, tender, and juicy grass-fed beef at home. You will sample a range of grass-fed flavor profiles from mild to bold over three scrumptious recipes featuring locally raised grass-fed beef. A representative from Chaumette Vineyard and Winery will also be on-hand with wine samples from their Ste. Genevieve Vineyard and Winery. This promises to be a delicious and fun evening.

Weed & Greet
June 4, 5:30-7:30
Location: Earthdance Farms, Ferguson, MO
Meet new friends and get the chance to work on the oldest organic farm in Missouri. The fun begins with a tour of Earthdance Farms. Then, get your hands dirty by helping eradicate some unwelcome weeds. From 7-7:30, mingle with your new friends over Civil Life brews or bring your own wine or favorite beer.

La Vista Farms Work Day
J une 7, 9-12:00
Location: La Vista Farms, Godfrey, IL 4350 Levis Lane, 63035
Stop by anytime between 9 and noon and volunteer an hour or three at this beautiful, produce farm in Godfrey, Illinois. This beautiful farm is situated on 255 acres and operates a CSA. Crystal and Eric, the Farmers, will show the volunteers around and show them what it takes to operate a farm and how to “get the weeds out.”

Live Springs Farm Tour
June 7, 11a.m. to picnic. Tour starts promptly at 1:00 and last 2.5 hours
Location: Live Spring Farms, directions are found at http://www.livespringsfarm.com/delivery-areas/our-farm/
Walk or ride on a hay wagon around the farm and visit most of the animals on the farm. See how Live Springs incorporates Biodynamic Farming into their farm operations. This tour is on rain or shine.
Cost: Free but you need to RSVP to [email protected]

Local Libations
June 11, 6-7:30
Location: Planter’s House, 1000 Mississippi, 63104
Matt Sorrell will introduce you to a wide away of spirits that are created right here in our area—some even made with local grains. He’ll mix up a fun array of summer inspired cocktails that you can make at home. A fun class in a beautiful City restaurant.

The Real Cost of Food: Panel discussion moderated by Joe Bonwich
June 17, 5:30-8:00
Location: The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington, 63103 (In Grand Center)
Learn what it takes to be a local farmer and gain better insight into the real costs of growing food locally and sustainably. This panel is comprised of farmers from Live Spring Farms, Hosco Farms, La Vista Farms, Double Star Farms, Geisert Farms and includes Melissa Vatterott from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

5:30-6:00 The Stage kitchen is open if you want to grab dinner or a drink before the panel.
6-7:30 Panel and moderator questions
7:30-8:00 Audience questions

DIY Cheese Making Class with Marcoot Jersey Creamery
June 18, 6-8:00 p.m.
$20 for Local Food Challenge Participants
Join Amy Marcoot from Marcoot Jersey Creamery for this hands on demonstration and tasting class. Learn the history of Marcoot Jersey Creamery, sample their delectable cheeses and find out how you can make your own cheeses including mozzarella. Held outdoors in the beautiful gardens behind St. Louis University this class also features wine pairings from Ste. Genevieve’s own Chaumette Vineyards and Winery.

Summer Solstice Potluck and Open Mic at Earthdance Farms
June 20, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Earthdance Farms, Ferguson, MO
Free, just bring a dish to share
Come usher in summer on the farm with a neighborhood potluck! This free family-friendly event will include entertainment, a tasty meal, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with food-passionate folks. It’s also a great opportunity to witness the progress being made on our Organic Farm School campus!

Schedule of Events:
5:30pm – Farm tour
6:30pm – Dinner time
7:30pm – Open Mic Night (Bring your instruments, props, costumes, etc.!)

DIY Sauerkraut and Kim Chi
June 23, 6-7:30
Location: Local Harvest Café, 3108 Morgan Ford Road, 63116
Free for LFC participants
Joseph Crawford of Local Harvest Café will introduce you to the wonderful world of fermenting. Learn how to get started and find out how this could benefit your body and diet. Find out ways to incorporate local ingredients. Lots of sampling and take aways.

June 27 - Closing party BBQ at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market - Cost: Free!

Events will be added ongoing, like us Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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