What a busy, long, beautiful fun day!!!
Things started early this morning when I met a friend from Davidson for coffee. I showered after breakfast and hopped on my bike to ride the 2.5 miles over to Cville Coffee.
Coffee with steamed milk please!
We talked and talked and talked (she’s writing a book and wanted some blog tips!) and I realized I was going to be late! I raced back on home and threw together a quick lunch.
Apple + Cheddar Hot Sandwich
And a mixed greens salad with leftover veggies, balsamic, and a few mixed nuts
And then we raced off – biking downtown for the second time that day!
Our event was the Charlottesville Community Garden Bike Tour put on by the Charlottesville Open Garden Project. It was essentially a fun event to get to know Cville’s community garden initiatives while traveling on a bike for $10 a person. It was lots of fun to bike in a caravan! We covered about 8 miles in total.
We biked down Main Street and started at the UVA Community Garden. It’s a public veggie garden maintained by student volunteers.
Next stop was also on the UVA Grounds: Hereford College Mini-Farm. Here a smaller group of students from Hereford College (a personalized smaller branch of UVA) maintain this garden. It was QUITE impressive, and I sniffed many fun herbs and came away with a handful of dill!
Already a few hours past lunch, I was excited to be served a few apple slices! They tasted so good after biking up and down a bunch of hills
We heard talks from each of the gardens’ managers or head gardeners about their goals and foundations.
A few miles later, we arrived at the Buford Schoolyard Garden Project. A super impressive grant-funded middle school garden
At almost all of the gardens, we were welcome to try cherry tomatoes
More miles, more hours, we arrived at PATCH Garden (a project of the Haven). They had bees and compost!
And a great view!
However, since each stop was taking about 45 minutes, I was getting a bit worn out at this point.
A short trek further, and we ended with QCC Farms! Garden of Goodness
We got to relax a bit while we waited for the gardener to arrive.
This garden is huge and established and feeds many who might not otherwise be able to afford fresh organic produce
Once we returned to our starting point (4 hours later) I was very hungry and very thirsty. Luckily, there was SOUP and BREAD!! Sponsored by Slow Food Albemarle Piedmont. Clearly the feast at the end was my favorite part of the day 🙂
These were seriously the best array of soups I’ve ever tasted
I started with some AMAZING Butternut Squash Bisque and flatbread
Followed by a taste of Potato + Ham and split the Red Pepper (AMAZING!) with Matt
And downed a good amount of this amazing wood-fired doughy, eggy bread.
HUNGER IS THE BEST SAUCE!
A granola bar cookie to end!
Matt and I both won door prizes!?! Saving these for a special occasion 🙂
We had such a great time and are totally wiped out now. I feel wind burn and cold – sounds like a good time to [clean the bathtub] and then take a bath! Then, reading in my cozy bed 🙂