Posts Tagged ‘avalanche’

Bakesgiving for Our Athens Community

At 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Avalanche Pizza had a line out the door, as the people of this community showed their support for a great cause. When I looked at these just-awakened bread buyers standing in the drizzle, I said, “Crap! I forgot the coffee!” Regardless, we baked breads through sunrise and into the afternoon until we ran out at noon.

This is Avalanche Pizza’s third year of baking for Thanksgiving  to benefit United Appeal of Athens County. All the proceeds of the 500-plus loaves of bread and rolls will go to support this non profit. Athens County is poor, the food pantries are barren and the charitable organizations are stretched to the limit. Funds are so low in our  area that even the Athens Library is now closed on Mondays because of State mandated cuts. Luckily, some awesome neighbors stepped up to donate over $2000 to a good cause.

Someone who continually helps those in need is Pam Harvey, executive director of United Appeal. She directs UA’s assistance to these local agencies; Athens County Food Pantry, American Red Cross, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Appalacian Community Hospice and Appalacian Visiting Nurses, Family Healthcare Service, The Gathering Place, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, HAVAR Inc., Retired Seniors Program, Athens County Mental Health and Counseling Program, Housing for Athens Seniors Program, and the Athens County 211 Program.

Pam and United Appeal board member Aaron Thomas (shout out to his awesome business, Class A Sounds) helped us bake the night away the night before. Robin Barnes from Power 105 reminded people all morning of the bread sale, which increased traffic tremendously.

My General Manager Joel Fair was, as usual, the bread baking afficionado who cranked the ovens up and didn’t miss a beat. Patty Nally came in extra early to add her expertise to all the breads and was there for the point of sale.

I am proud to be a member of a community that showed so much support, especially in these trying finacial times. Thank you to all who contributed.

People, Places and Pizzas

Here are 50 some-odd photos I took while doing this blog.  Some good, some great, just little snippets of time, space and life in my little neck of the woods.

I chose these pictures because they best capture the people, foods and places that have brought me and others memories, along with great pizza and bread. I hope you like them.


Organic farmer Rich Tomsu with his German Hardy Garlic. Shade, Ohio, July 2009.

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Schiacciata Margherita.  Athens, Ohio, July 2009.

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Ripe paw paws ready for picking, Integration Acres. Albany Ohio, August 2009.


My sons with forest-fresh blonde morels.  Athens Ohio, April 2009.


Matt Starline, Starline Organics, nurturing his baby leeks.

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Concord grapes, Cherry Orchards. October, 2009.


Asiago Fougasse, Farmer’s Market. Athens, Ohio, May 2009.

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Chris Schmiel, Integration Acres, with raw goats’ milk. Albany, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Fresh picked tomatillos, Cowdery Farms. Longbottom Ohio, August 2009.

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Large Turkish Pide with spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, tomato and cheddar. Athens, Ohio. January, 2009.


Matt Starline, Starline Organics, with early summer organic purple kohlrabi. Stewart, Ohio, June 2009.

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Varieties of Turkish Pide. Athens, Ohio, June 2009.

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Larry and Kim Cowdery, Cowdery Farms. Longbottom, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Schicciata Con L’uva with grapes from Cherry Orchards. Athens, Ohio, September 2009.

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The Goon stretching schiacciata dough. Athens Ohio, July 2009.

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Just-picked wild chantrelles. Athens, Ohio, August 2009.


Goats size up the Goonish-looking  interloper. Albany Ohio, May 2009.

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Guanciale and fig pizza. Athens, Ohio, October 2009.

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French fingerling and Peruvian purple potatoes ready for roasting. Athens, Ohio, June, 2009.

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Peppers from Cowdery Farms. Longbottom, Ohio, August 2009.

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Blonde morels in the forest, undisclosed location. Ohio, April, 2009

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Early Tomatoes, Cowdery Farms. Longbottom Ohio, June 2009.

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Whole wheat couronnes with cherry and walnuts. Athens Ohio, May 2009.

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Bosc pears from Neil Cherry Orchards. Ohio, September, 2009.

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Geoff Roche and a channel catfish, Lake Snowden fish farm. Hocking College, Albany, Ohio, 2009.

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Green kohlrabi from Starline Organics. Athens, June, 2009.

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Neil Cherry of Cherry Orchards, picking the last of the 2009 peach crop.

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Assorted schiacciata, Athens Farmers’ Market. February, 2009.

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Giant Malaysian Blue Prawn. Athens, Ohio, September, 2009.


Matt and Angie Starline, Starline Organics. Athens Farmers’ Market, August, 2009.

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Joe Hirshberger harvesting spelt the Amish way. Chesterhill, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Last of the great tomatoes, made into pizzas. Athens, Ohio, September, 2009.

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Washing greens at Rich Organic Gardens. Shade, Ohio, July, 2009.


Milking goats at Integration Acres. Albany, Ohio, June, 2009.

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Pattypan squash at Cowdery Farms. Longbottom, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Dog, Cowdery Farms. Longbottom Ohio,  July, 2009.

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Farmers at the Athens’ Farmers Market. Athens, Ohio,  June, 2009.

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Toro pepper and Gruyere pizza. Athens, Ohio, August, 2009.

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The garlic flower that Rich missed, Rich Organic Farms. Shade Ohio, 2009.

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Larry Cowdery showing how big his tomato plants are. Longbottom, Ohio, 2009.

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Vibrant Bangna Cauda, braised hearts of romaine. Athens, Ohio, July 2009.

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Broken obelisk to a long-forgotten farmer, Starline Organic Farm.  Stewart, Ohio, June, 2009.

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Kohlrabi and potato pizza. Athens, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Matt Starline and his monsterous sheepdog tend to a lamb. Stewart, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Fresh vegetable and local goat cheese schiacciata. Athens, Ohio, May, 2009.

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The whole crew at Rich Organic Gardens. Shade, Ohio, July, 2009.

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Three morels in the hand is worth…. Forest in Ohio, 2009.

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Sweet italian peppers fire roasting on guaniciale. Athens, October, 2009.

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Will De Freis, Athens’ Farmers cultivar extrordinaire. Athens, June, 2009.

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From organic farmer to pizza guy. Shade, Ohio, July, 2009.


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