Location: Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143
Description: On the second Wednesday of each month between July and October, join Slow Food St. Louis and the Schlafly Bottleworks as they present SLOWednesday after the Schlafly Farmers Market. Each month a different farmer from the market will speak about their farm, giving you the opportunity to get to know your food, its origins, and most important, its producers.
On Wednesday, September 12, SLOWednesday will feature Buila Family Farm from Cobden, IL. The Buila family – Michael and Sarah and their sons Misha and Sasha – grows nearly 250 different varieties of fruits and vegetables with no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. They use a synthesis of traditional, bio-intensive, bio-dynamic and chaos as growing techniques. Their mission is to teach their children how to work, give them good food to eat, and to share healthy food with the community. And they try their best to do this in a sustainable manner.
The farm, or “Builaland” as they call it, was once was a sea of asparagus (over 7 acres) before WWII. After the war, strawberries filled the fields. During the 1960s, Ted and Marilyn Buila, Michael’s parents moved there, had a family and built the foundation of the present day operations. During the 1970s, the Buila family began providing diverse produce for the local farmers market. In the 1980s, Japanese eggplant, okra, and broccoli were the primary crops. In the 2000s, the third generation of Builas are continuing the tradition of growing food. The Buila family welcomes you to come hear about what they do, how they do it and why.
Start Time: 19:30