Thursday, April 4, 2013

Things to do this Weekend

If you are looking for something food / sustainable / fun related to do this weekend, there are a couple of options in Columbia: The first ever Midlands Farm Tour, and the grand opening of Uncle Maddio's, a new pizza join on the USC side of Main Street.

Farmers first.  Sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, the farm tour features 10 local farms in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties. If you decide to go, the cost is $25 per vehicle in advance, or $30 at the event.  Or, you can just choose to pay $10 per farm. Advanced tickets can be purchased online, at Whole Foods, or at City Roots.
St. Croix sheep at Doko Farm. Photo by Amanda Jones.
The tour is self-guided, and you can choose what you want to see. You'll get to see baby farm animals, learn how each farm grows veggies, fruits, flowers, etc., without the use of pesticides. The tour is rain or shine, and is perfect for the whole family. It runs over two days: Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  If you decide to go, make sure you bring a cooler so you can bring home many of the products that each farm will be selling. More information, including directions and maps, can be found here.

Pizza next.  Uncle Maddio's is like Moe's, but for pizza. Basically, you go through the line and decide what crust you want, what sauce you want, and what toppings you want. And, for the vegans and gluten-free among us, there are options to suit both of your dietary needs. 
Portabella Pesto Pizza.  Photo provided by Uncle Maddio's.
The grand opening is Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  The first 100 customers in line will receive free pizza for a year.  The new Uncle Maddio's is located next to the Yoghut on Main Street, in the Adesso building. They feature three kinds of crusts, six sauces, seven cheeses (including Daiya vegan cheese), and 47 different toppings randing from local veggies to hormone-free chicken. And, if you aren't into pizza, there are plenty of panini and salad options.

Unfortunately, the Hungry Lady won't be able to attend either of these events, as she has a very important birthday celebration for her favorite soon-to-be 5 year old, and she has a 15 page paper to write before Monday.  But if you go to either, let me know how it was.  And if anyone wants to bring me a Portabella Pesto Pizza on Saturday, I certainly won't object.

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