For the second year, a small group of Olympia food bloggers and cooking instructors put on a bake sale for the sake of good food. Modeled after Seattle’s Will Bake for Food, Bake Olympia raised over $600 in 2013 to support GRuB, an educational urban farm focusing on youth farming and backyard gardens for low-income community members. In 2012, we raised $500 for the Thurston County Food Bank.
Thank you to the bakers, volunteers and to the coordinators of the street market, Make Olympia, for making this happen and working to fight hunger and poverty in our area.
Bake Olympia will once again swap goodies for cash at Arts Walk. This year Olympia food bloggers, cooking instructors and others are baking for backyard gardens and youth farming: all proceeds will go to GRuB!
Since 1993 GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) has built over 2,300 backyard and community gardens for low-income individuals and families. And their involvement with youth took a great turn last year with the launch of a two-year pilot project with Olympia High School, the Cultivating Youth Employment Program, which provides farm training and high school credits for over thirty low-income teens.
GRuB lives out its mission, to grow “healthy food, people and communities,” with grace, vision, enthusiasm and positivity. Have you ever spent time at the farm? Do. You’ll leave feeling challenged, grateful and full of hope. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them!
If you stopped by to nosh on a cookie or followed Bake Olympia online last year, you may know that in 2012 we raised $500 for the Thurston County Food Bank and gave away a bunch of gift certificates to local bakeries. It was a great night for the public to eat some great treats, get to know Olympia food bloggers and learn about hunger in our community. Read about last year’s event here and here. You can also see an article on us in the Weekly Volcano here.
Bake Olympia 2013
good treats, good cause
Friday, April 26
4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Make Olympia street market, located on 5th Avenue, between Franklin and Adams
(same block as Rainy Day Records and Oly Vegan)
How to take part:
Come and eat treats. This is the easy part. Stop in and grab a macaroon or a brownie before you browse the stalls and find the perfect gift among the work of some of the area’s best artisans. For the second time, Make Olympia is donating a table (thanks, you guys!).
Spread the word. We’d love to sell even more this year. Invite your friends using our Facebook event page or tweet us!
Bake. Do you stay up late making Pinterest-worthy cupcakes for your nephew’s birthday? We could use a few more treats from accomplished bakers. Contact me and let’s chat.
This year’s bakers include:
Real Food NW
Bayview School of Cooking
Slow Food Greater Olympia