ASAN’s GRAZE: Support sustainable agriculture and your local farmer

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama
Photo courtesy of Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network

If you are a die-hard local food supporter, the upcoming Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network’s (ASAN) 3rd Annual GRAZE: Birmingham “farm to fork”  fundraiser on September 17th, 5-8pm at Avondale Brewery is a “must attend” event.

Find out which farmers work with your favorite Birmingham chefs, and will be ‘paired’ to make a new taste creation at ASAN’s GRAZE: Birmingham event!   

ASAN Birmingham Alabama
Photo courtesy of ASAN

For example, Highlands Bar & Grill, chef de cuisine Zack Redes will pair with Belle Meadow Farms in Tuscaloosa & ASAN farmer Andrew Questers at the GRAZE event.

“I supply Highlands and I know Chef Zack well. I enjoy working with him and am happy to ‘pair’ with him for GRAZE, too,” stated  ASAN Farmer Andrew Kesterson.

18 farmer/chef “pairs” are expected to participate in ASAN’s GRAZE event.

Charles Walters, ASAN Board Pres., and farmer/owner River Oaks Farm near Montgomery added, “Graze: Birmingham is our annual gathering where we can get a taste of Alabama food; the atmosphere is chill, the food is fresh and great, and if you have family you can bring them along, too!”

Birmingham Alabama

350 guests are expected to attend and will be happily, well-fed by 18-20 ‘Farmer/Chef Pairs’ who will be on-hand to tell you about their secret culinary creations.  Fine brewery spirits and a variety of freshly prepared drinks will also be served.  

Formed in 2001 by organic, sustainable farmers to promote good, healthy food, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network – ASAN –   represents 1,400 farmers, farm workers, sustainable farm suppliers and businesses, good food eaters, community garden organizers, home gardeners, and fresh food advocates.

The GRAZE event will showcase the people who plant, nurture, harvest, chop, peel, ferment, fire-roast, stew, and serve the most delicious Central Alabama eats.

Event proceeds support small, rural farmers using healthy methods of sustainable growing and herding. 

Individual tickets range from $25 to $75 each. Sponsor packages are also available. For further information visit ASAN’s website asanonline.org/graze or call please call 256-743-0742.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama’s cancer risk and mercury standards.