Monday, April 23, 2012

Home Grown Gaston Tickets Now On Sale

The Gaston County Office of NC Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce the second annual “Home Grown Gaston – Local Food – Local Causes” event. This annual Extension event brings visibility to the County’s local foods economy while raising funds for a great local cause. This year’s recipient is The Shelter of Gaston County. As this year’s partnering cause, The Shelter of Gaston County fills a critical need in our community by providing a safe emergency residence where victims of domestic violence can seek shelter when faced with violent and dangerous situations.

“Home Grown Gaston” is Cooperative Extension’s celebration of Local Foods and Local Causes. This second annual event will be held at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market on May 22nd, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will showcase delicious foods grown and prepared in the Gaston County area. Festival attendees will also enjoy live music and have the opportunity to meet and greet the local farmers and chefs who prepare the foods.

Tickets are $35.00 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Gaston County Extension office, at The Shelter of Gaston County or online at

We look forward to a great event in support of The Shelter of Gaston County and a wonderful evening to celebrate our local foods!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sourcing Local Food for Home Grown Gaston

Gaston County Cooperative Extension in cooperation with The Shelter of Gaston County and the farmers market will host the 2nd Annual Home Grown Gaston: Local Food – Local Causes event on May 22, 2012.

This event will hopefully fulfill several goals: to support and showcase our local farms and chefs, to let the public see firsthand how to utilize the food they can buy at area markets, to promote and encourage shopping at area farmers markets, farms and restaurants; and raise funds for a local cause.

This event cannot be successful without the full participation of area farms! Thus, we are looking to secure the following local food products from area farms:

  • Cabbage

  • Green Onions

  • Red Onions

  • Yellow Onions

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli

  • Garlic

  • Cucumbers

  • Roma or Plum Tomatoes

  • Jalepenos

  • Banana Peppers

  • Eggs
We are prepared to pay a fair price for your local food products, but also wish to have your presence at this event. We are willing to do an equal trade in tickets for product and/or provide a discount on tickets to the event, in exchange for a discounted price on product. In addition, we will showcase and promote you and your farm before and during the event. This will be a great marketing opportunity for farms direct marketing food products to the public. In addition, area chefs interested in purchasing local foods will be at your fingertips if you attend!

If you think you will have any of the above items available for sale in May and you wish to be apart of this great event, please email or call Lara Worden at or 704-922-2112.

2nd Annual Home Grown Gaston

NC Cooperative Extension Presents the 2nd Annual



5 to 8 P.M.




Come and enjoy delicious entrees prepared by local chefs who will showcase locally grown foods.

be sure to take the opportunity to talk with our farmers and chefs.

Your participation in this event will help to support domestic violence awareness.

Participating Restaurants:
36th Street Bakery
Alfred & Charlies Catering
Spindle City Cafe

Freeman's Pub

100% of the proceeds go to
The Shelter of Gaston County

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance at:

The Shelter of Gaston County



Gaston County Cooperative Extension