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Monday Market Move

Posted by ed.wilmot on March 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The season of farmers markets is almost upon us.

What does that mean:

  • Fresh Food
  • Seasonal Food
  • Organic Food
  • Cooking Demos
  • Smiling Farmers
  • Smiling Customers
  • Fun and Festivities
  • Music
  • Conviviality
  • Laughter…


And all of this began this past Saturday with the Hub City Farmers Market despite the rain. And this Saturday is the start of the Easley Farmers Market and Spring Fling. The Spring Fling is bringing in 53+ vendors during the market.


If you’re really adventurous like me you will make it to market and then head on down to the Spring Flea at the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. They also will have a lot of local vendors (mostly arts and crafts).


Over the next couple of months more and more local farmers markets will be starting the season. May 3rd will be a big day with the launch of the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville. There are 62 vendors scheduled for the season, many of which will be setting up for the first time.


The following weekend the Travelers Rest Farmers Market will start their season. With close to 50 vendors they are now officially the second largest market in the Upstate. The market will launch in their new home, an amazing new facility which the city invested $1.5 million in creating. The facility and surrounding park will include the Farmers Market Pavilion and an open air amphitheater that will accommodate a variety of entertainment.


I know this is only a handful of all the markets getting ready to open up for the season and you will most certainly see me sailing the crowds, looking for fresh young produce, amazing tastes and culinary delights. I look forward to market season over almost everything else in life. Creating delicious meals with local veggies and meats is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if I can put a few dollars into the farmer's hand, all the better.

So I say unto you:

Go Forth and Fill Those Baskets and Bags with Spring's Bounty!!

Monday Musical Memories

Posted by ed.wilmot on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Handlebar has been a cultural bastion since September of 1994. Early this morning they posted an announcement that the Stone Avenue location will be closing its doors on April 30.  




They will be re-opening in September in another location. Which means, we will have a drier summer for amazing quality music. So you had best get out to The Handlebar over the next month to see at least one band play at their current home. And that's how many of us feel about The Handlebar. It's Greenville's musical home.


The Handlebar has sustained us culturally for almost 20 years. Some of my favorite memories were made in the hallowed halls of the first two locations. I look forward to making many more memories at their third home. And I know I am not the only one to do so.


Let me give you a peek at a couple of my favorite memories. My first great memory was seeing Eddie From Ohio for my first time at the original location in the old textile mill on Mills Avenue. The evening was a total escape into amazing music, filled with joy and an abounding energy that could only have ensued at The Handlebar. No other venue in Greenville could have matched the sense of place for such a band. It was a perfect night.


Then were two more perfect nights (back to back mind you) several years ago at the current location. The first night's band was The Flat Landers. The musicianship was out of this world, a slice of Texas in South Carolina. The next night The Yellowjackets took stage for an over the top jazz filled bombardment of smooth and funky tunes. How many other venues could pull that off?


And probably my most exciting night was winning the raffle at Chase Away the Blues several years ago. You can't imagine the excitement and joy I felt at winning. Of course the evening's fun was really about supporting Compass of Carolina. So my gesture was to give away a couple of the items I won to other people. It seemed the right thing to do. The Handlebar does good, so must I do good! And that's what sustains us socially. Over and over The Handlebar has given back to the community, whether its Compass of Carolina or the Red Cross or the Humane Society or many other local charities.


The Handlebar's commitment to supporting local organizations, businesses and customers is often overshadowed by the level of entertainment brought to the Upstate. This level of service should be emulated by every company. All we can do is sit back and watch as The Handlebar takes us on another adventure in community responsiveness, no matter where they settle down as home. 


In the meantime, here's the schedule for the next 37 days:





3/28 - SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS with special guests STRUNG LIKE A HORSE

3/29 - True Blues & Friends present ... THE FILLMORE BROTHERS ... Marking the anniversary of Allman Brothers legendary album, "At Fillmore East"


4/10 - An Unpredictable Evening With TODD RUNDGREN


Keep an eye out for additional acts to be announced.


FAVOR Friday Flick

Posted by ed.wilmot on March 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you know how many times I have to explain to people that sustainability is more than just protecting the environment? Way too much!!


SUSTAINABILITY is about protecting all our resources for future generations, which include natural, economical, educational, cultural, social, spiritual, civic, health and wellness resources.


Later today I will be going to the Movie Night at the office of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR). They will be showing the recently released Dallas Buyers Club.

You might be asking how this applies to sustainability. Well let me explain.


FAVOR supports the preservation of social, cultural, educational, health and wellness resources. FAVOR was started several years ago with the purpose of removing the stigma associated with substance abuse. They have worked closely with many local organizations and businesses to hold events, sharing information to the public on how a positive and reinforcing approach to recovery can strengthen our community.


Let me share with you their vision and mission.




The community embraces and celebrates recovery from substance use disorders as a positive, healing force.


The mission of FAVOR Greenville is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders through education, advocacy and recovery support services, resulting in healthier individuals, families, and communities.


Absolutely no one is immune to substance abuse. It comes in all forms, shapes, sizes and colors. Young and old, men and women, it's indiscriminate. Everyone either has been directly or indirectly affected by substance abuse.


A sustainable approach to recovery will include many modalities and treatments. FAVOR is working hard to present ideas and approaches that fill that missing gap so often found among churches, prisons, 12 step programs, and recovery programs. All of these entities have had successes in helping people recover from substance abuse, but none of them have been 100% successful. The sustainable approach is embodied with numerable avenues of recovery and eliminating the stigma that addicts and alcoholics have lived with since time began.


If you or someone you know may have a problem with substance abuse, FAVOR may be the place to start. From there, recovery may lead to any number of healthy and spirited filled ventures for a life well lived.  


Dallas Buyers Club is a great example of social, cultural and health sustainability.

Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy with a devil-may-care lifestyle who is blindsided with an H.I.V.-positive diagnosis and given 30 days to live. He quickly finds a lack of approved medications in the U.S. and crosses the border into Mexico where he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S. Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon, a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life and entrepreneurial spirit. They establish a "buyers club," where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron's pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong as he fights for dignity, education, and acceptance.



Tireless Thursday

Posted by ed.wilmot on March 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)


It's that time of year when events are popping up every day and I try to get out to as many of them as possible while still acting as sustainable as possible.

Some days I just want to get out and enjoy the weather, relishing the approaching warmth, and all the while getting much needed exercise. Today has been the perfect day to get out here in the Upstate and do just that. Working from home, I turned the heat off and opened up the doors and windows in the house so that I could get some fresh air. Mid afternoon, it was short walk and then some more work before heading out the door for the evening. The drive into town was as nice as it could possibly be for the first day of Spring.

But what about all those great events coming up over the next three months? They are waiting for you and me to discover them. I spend sometimes an inordinate amount of time looking for events, festivals, classes, workshops, and anything else that embraces the spirit of sustainability. But I don't mind. The reward is knowing that you and your friends and family have the most comprehensive list of things to do any time of year.

Connecting you to these activities is one of my MISSIONS in life.

So, let me just mention a few of my favorite green and healthy events for this Spring.

First of all is The Banff Mountain Film Festival. The tour of films can be found all across our region. Tomorrow and Saturday night the tour will be in Greenville. But alas, I waited to long to get tickets and they were sold out. So I checked the showing in Brevard. Sold out. But there are still a few tickets left for April 29 in Boone. But I won't be able to make that date. This is the first year in many that I was unable to attend.

The 6th Annual Integrative Health Care Conference is at the end of the month up in Asheville, featuring Dean Ornish and many other well known natural health proffesionals as featured speakers. Attendees come from all over the country for this amazing event. Three days of incredible speakers and information.

The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery is having their annual Spring Flea on March 29. The two fleas they do each year is a great place to spend your dollars locally and have fun doing it. It's going to be a day of local art, handmade treats and repurposed vintage goods.

TEDxGreenville is scheduled for April 11 and what a great time it's going to be. This year's theme is UNZIPPED. I will let you decide what that means or you can go to their website to find out. If you love to be inspired by great ideas then this is the event for you. Each and every day you can view literally thousands of videos from TED speakers from all over the world. This year's TEDxGreenville will be held at the Kroc Center in Greenville.

April 12 is one very busy day. Roper Mountain Science Center is having their annual Earth Day event. You could take a drive to Asheville for the 10th Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers' Festival . Or stay in Greenville and visit Natural Awakening's 5th Anniversary party with a Healthy Living Expo, featuring local health and wellness booths and two nationally recognized documentary films. The films' stars will be in attendance.

Greenville Tech holds their Earth Fest event April 16 and there will be a ton of local organizations and businesses focused on the environment. April 26 and 27 is the Annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff. Do you love a good story? Then its a must for you.

And let's just mention two of the best May events. The Asheville Herb Festival is scheduled for May 4-6. You will find almost every conceivable herb at the festival. It's a great road trip for the day. You might even be able to sneak in a hike along the Parkway.

And finally let's mention Greenville's best little farm tour, Greenville Organic Foods Organization's annual Urban Farm Tour scheduled for May 17. You will discover a wide range of backyard gardens, community gardens, school gardens and urban farms all within 8 miles of downtown Greenville. There will also be workshops throughout the day along with local foods to purchase. If your entertainment leans towards education, then is an an absolute must.

But remember, the best way to find all of these events and many more is to visit the Sustainable Greenville community calendar. So get your pen out and mark your calendars for Spring fun and adventure.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday, Jun 2 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Jun 6 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, Jun 6 at 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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