Taking Root #15

Just for fun!

By Gini Bramlett

Most of the time, we are motivated and driven by all the things that life requires of us, or with things we fill our lives with; performing daily routines, helping out in our children’s schools, volunteering in our communities, doing home projects or running errands. That’s all well and good; it’s what keeps our lives in order, our homes and communities healthy and makes the world a better place.

Sometimes, don’t you feel like doing something for no other reason than to have fun! You know what I mean? Doing something just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

On Saturday at the Brownsville Farmer’s Market on Main Street, you can do just that by entering the annual bread contest. No pressure either. Like I said, it’s just for fun!

This popular event could be just what the doctor ordered, and the whole community can get involved for other reason than to have a good time, visit with your neighbors, choose your favorite entry, and maybe even find a new recipe or friend. And, while you’re there, check out all the fresh, locally-grown produce the market vendors have to offer. The quality is top notch, the flavor is like nothing you can buy at the grocery store, and the prices are comparable. You just have to come down and see for yourself.

To be part of the bread contest, bring your home baked sweet, savory or yeast bread to the market by 10am to be judged by participating community members. There are always a large number of sweet and savory entries to taste and compare. Come on by for a taste of Brownsville. This event is free! Judging is about noon.

The following Saturday, Oct. 4 will be the always popular Soup Contest. Bring your homemade soup in a slow cooker to the market by 10am. Judging is about noon. Last year’s winner was an Italian Wedding Soup. It’s was just the thing to warm the soul on a cool fall day. But remember, entries MUST be completely homemade.

Where to take it

For all you environmentally-concerned citizens (and we all should be), in its fall publication of “Used News”, Bring Recycling in Eugene has a complete listing of where to take your recyclables. It’s the most comprehensive listing I’ve ever seen, and you don’t have to live in Lane County to use the drop off sites. Did you know that alkaline batteries can go right in the trash, but all other must be recycled?

To download the complete listing, go to www.bringrecycling.org. Need more information? Call Bring at 541.746.3023 or email them at info@bringrecycling.org.

Munch Nights are back

The Calapooia Food Alliance hosts a monthly “Munch Night” for interested community members, not only to share our local bounty, but to share food/garden-related films that cover topics ranging from the importance of eating locally and helping our communities be more sustainable to seeing how other cultures live.

“Munch Night,” is held on Fridays at 6pm and is a CFA fundraiser (donation of $10 is encouraged) to help support the community garden and the farmer’s market. The CFA raises organic food at the garden to donate to Sharing Hands, senior meals and the senior center, as well as selling some of the food they grow to offset costs associated with the garden and the farmer’s market.

The next “Munch Night” is Friday, Oct. 24 at 6pm. The movie is “GMO OMG.” Everyone is invited.

Gini Bramlett is a freelance writer, an organic gardener and a board member for the Calapooia Food Alliance

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