IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH // Our Beer Taps are DOWN! We’re so sorry for the inconvenience everyone. We still have an amazing selection throughout the store of bottled and canned beer though, so all is not lost!
Join us for an evening as we indulge in the flavors of Summer. In this pairing we will be tasting light and bright cheeses with a variety of brews to compliment each. Cheers to Summer!
4 of our employees spent the past 5 days feeding themselves with $1.50 a day – the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line. They are hungry and happy on the final day. The majority of their diets this week have been avocados (very few), rice and beans, oatmeal and cabbage. Way to go team!
Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty.
Find out more here.
Join yu.mi this Saturday on the ET’s patio for DELICIOUS vegan frozen yogurt. No kidding – this stuff is amazing. Ask for sunflower seeds as a topper – you’ll be happy you did! Saturday. 9am – 2pm.
Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms, will be in our Community Room, Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00PM, to talk about creating a farming system that is gentle and replenishes our Earth, he calls it Forgiveness Farming.
At Ellwood Thompson’s we think loving your mother is a 365 day per year job but in honor the of the national holiday, and as an excuse to go above and beyond our daily rigors of solar power, sustainable building materials, composting, envirocredits, low flow toilets, bulk items, no plastic bags, and purchasing over 600 items locally, we’re going to really show the love and want you to join us! Here’s what we have going on for “Love Your Mother Day” more commonly referred to as “Earth Day.” Read the rest of this post »
In CELEBRATION of us ADDING BEERS ON TAP we are kicking it off with a THIRST QUENCHING Instagram Contest! Read the rest of this post »
Vote for RVA FARMS April 16th for the i.e. Startup Contest at Richmond Center Stage!
RVA Farms will operate an urban farm in the city of Richmond, Virginia that sells fresh organic fruits and vegetables in food deserts. The urban farm will feature hoop houses, an outdoor demonstration garden and learning pavilion.
The mission of RVAFARMS is to eliminate food insecurity in low income communities in Richmond Virginia through urban agriculture. They will operate a 1/2 acre urban farm within a food desert within the Richmond Metropolitan area that grows organic fruits and vegetables for inner city residents who have limited access to healthy food options. To read more about RVAFARMS click here.
Here is a great YouTube that gets at the heart of this, click here.
Interview with the founder below.
GOATS GONE WILD, a goat cheese discussion and tasting, April 24th at 6:00PM. If you are a lover of this bold, tangy cheese, you don’t want to miss out on this event.
Sunday, April 21st we will be donating 5% of our sales to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Children’s Hospital Foundation is dedicated to funding and advocating for pediatric initiatives that improve the status of health care and the quality of life for children in our region. The Foundation provides support for the programs and initiatives of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the children it serves each year, as well as other pediatric health care programs in the community.
A new provision has been included into the budget bill passed two weeks ago requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would other wise halt the planting of new genetically engineered crops.
The biotech industry teamed up with Senator Barbara Mikulski, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to rewrite the Constitution. The effects of this provision could have long-lasting and serious consequences to consumers, farmers and our environment.
To read more click here.
Check out these awesome local startups here in RVA. Four startups that caught our eye are: RVA Farms, Life On Bramble Hill, RVA Rain Systems and The Batchery. Voting ended yesterday but stay tuned for the winners – announced today! http://www.ie-rva.org/contest/start-up-competition-2013/
Ellwood Thompson’s is proud to introduce “Ingrid’s Homestyle Cake Collection!” In this collection there are 8 different delectable deserts: Strawberry Cake, Salted Caramel Cake, Carrot Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Very Vanilla Cake, Blueberry Lemon Cake, Double Chocolate Cake and Coconut Cake. In celebration we are giving away a cake a day next week (March 25th – 30th). Find out more about our Cake-A-Day Giveaway.
Amy Hicks is visiting Ellwood Thompson’s Community Room, April 3rd at 6:00PM to share her tips and tricks for Summer vegetable and fruit gardens.
Amy’s Garden is a USDA Inspected Certified Organic farm; on her farm they never use herbicides, harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. As organic farmers, they strive to build soil life by utilizing compost, organic mulches and crop rotation, which help keep the land healthy and productive for future generations. They also plant cover crops which fix nitrogen, add organic matter to the soil and provide habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. This unique set of strategies allows the farm to integrate farm production with longer-term environmental goals.
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Today from 4:00-7:00PM Best of What’s Around, LLC, is coming in to sample a variety of their delicious, local, grass fed and finished beef. Their philosophy of growing is to focus on achieving an overall balance, sustainably and naturally. They currently sell beef from a herd of about 300 grass fed cattle. They are raised and grass finished on the organic grasses grown on the farms. The five-acre apple orchard, planted in 2004, has nearly five acres of trees, comprising 40 different old heirloom varieties. For all you carnivores, this is a sampling you do not want to miss.