Friday, July 16, 2010

Goose grower struck by lightning in her fields

As we keep her family in our thoughts, we're pulling for Kelly Funk's best future.

Kelly, her husband John, and baby girl Laila work the land at their Seldom Seen Farm. Folks who belong to their CSA pick up a crate of farm fresh goodness weekly at the Goose and the farm's produce stocks the shop's bins temptingly.

Last week, while Kelly was working in her fields harvesting onions, she was struck by lightning. Still in critical condition at a local ICU, Kelly and her family face a long road of recovery.

To help with the expenses and challenges ahead, donations are welcome to the Kelly Funk Recovery Fund. Just note the name of the fund on the deposit slip at any Huntington Bank location.

Slow Food Indy is proud to host a benefit dinner for Kelly and her family. Join us for a sustainably harvested and deliciosly prepared New England Lobster Bake at the Apple Family Farm on Sunday, August 22. Tickest are $75/person and all proceeds will be donated to the Kelly Funk Recovery Fund. Get your tickets and check out the menu.

For updates on Kelly's condition and to offer words of encouragement, check out their farm blog and facebook page.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Staff Pick: Adam is one of the Duke brothers

We’re starting a new series of posts to highlight some staff favorites from the shelves at the Goose. It’s a glimpse at our view from behind the blue aprons, working with quality products every day and taking a shine to some bottles, slices, scoops, and packages that we just can’t resist even from behind the counter.

First up is Adam, an experienced Goose barista who hails from a land he calls “North Cakalackey” (Carolina, to nertheners). With a few days thought, Adam smiled and couldn’t deny that he’s taken a shine to Duke’s mayonnaise.

“During high school and summers home from college, I used to get home late from work,” Adam remembers. “I’d always have a sandwich with tomato, salt & pepper, and Duke’s. It’s so refreshing and light but filling at the same time.” That’s just what Adam was looking for on those summer Cakalackey nights and sounds pretty good on these hot Hoosier ones, too.

It wasn’t until Adam left his home state that he realized the rest of the country suffered not knowing Duke’s. “I grew up with it. It was normal,” he says. “When I first moved to Indy, my parents used to ship it up for me.” Now that Duke’s is on the shelf at the Goose, Adam and his family are even more at home in Indy and happy to see their Hoosier neighbors dipping into Duke’s and liking the surprisingly tangy bite of such a rich mayo.

Soon his wife Krista was a Duke’s devotee, and while Duke wasn’t on the list of names for their newborn son, we can guess what Xavier will spread on his tomato sandwiches (as soon as he has teeth). “Oh yeah, we have to figure out a way to get it in the bottle,” Adam jokes. “He’ll be a Duke’s boy.”