Archive for September, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Veronica Holden of La Mancha Coffeehouse Named Best Barista in St. Louis

For the second time this week, Veronica Holden is receiving recognition for her work here in Old North St. Louis.  This past Saturday Veronica received an EarthDance Mission Award along with Old North Grocery Co-op’s Sarah Kate Buckles for their collaborative efforts at the 13th Street Community Garden and the grocery co-op.  Now, Veronica is in the spotlight once again, this time as the owner / barista in chief at Old North’s favorite coffee shop, La Mancha Coffeehouse.   The annual Riverfront Times “Best of St. Louis” issue has hit the streets, and Veronica has made the list as the Best Barista.  Click HERE for the online version of the article.

Veronica Holden enjoying another day behind the counter at La Mancha Coffeehouse.

Veronica Holden enjoying another day behind the counter at La Mancha Coffeehouse.

Head on over to La Mancha Coffeehouse to congratulate Veronica and show your support by buying a coffee, muffin, panini or a smoothie.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Old North’s Sarah Kate Buckles & Veronica Holden to Receive EarthDance Mission Awards

At a ceremony and celebration tonight, Sarah Kate Buckles, manager of the Old North Grocery Co-op, and Veronica Holden, 13th Street Garden Coordinator, will receive an EarthDance Mission Award.  You can join in the celebration and show your support for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s comprehensive healthy food access initiatives.  The event is scheduled for this evening (Saturday, September 24th), 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room.

Sarah Kate with customers in the Old North Grocery Co-op

Sarah Kate with customers in the Old North Grocery Co-op

Veronica at the North City Farmers' Market

Veronica at the North City Farmers Market

The EarthDance Mission Awards, inaugurated in 2008, honor ordinary Saint Louisans who embody the EarthDance mission: to grow and inspire local FARMS—Food, Art, Relationships, and Music, Sustainably!   Each year EarthDance recognizes a local farmer, artist, community activist and a musician, each of whom make our region socially dynamic, healthier, and more inspiring, in an eco-conscious manner.

The Mission Awards Ceremony is open to the public, and will feature tributes to each of the award winners, live musical performances from The Lulus of The Folk School of Saint Louis,  and The Phat NoiZ Blues Band, and dancing.

The 2011 EarthDance Mission Award winners were selected by a panel of judges consisting of: Kelly Childs of Slow Food STL; Jean Ponzi of The EarthWays Center; Roseann Weiss of RAC; and Lew Prince, founder of Vintage Vinyl Records.

Sarah Kate and Veronica were selected to receive the award in the “Community Activists” category.  The announcement from EarthDance explains:

The 2011 EarthDance Mission Award for Community Activism will be shared by Veronica Holden and Sarah Kate Buckles, partners in an effort to increase access to fresh food in Saint Louis’ Old North neighborhood. Buckles is the manager of the Old North Grocery Co-op, and Holden coordinates the adjoining 13th Street Community Garden. The garden’s ultra-local produce is sold affordably at the Grocery Co-op as well as the North City Farmers Market.  Most of the grocery’s waste products are recycled into mulch and fertilizer for the garden.  Holden and Buckles credit the Old North community for supporting both projects a great deal, and they are pleased that the EarthDance Mission Award will bring attention to the achievements of this north side neighborhood.

Veronica was hired by Old North St. Louis Restoration Group in 2009 with funding support from Missouri Foundation for Health to coordinate the then-newly established 13th Street Community Garden so that fresh, local produce would be available for the North City Farmers’ Market.  Sarah Kate was hired by ONSLRG in June of last year to manage the then soon-to-open Old North Grocery Co-op.  Sarah Kate’s position is also made possible by a separate grant from Missouri Foundation for Health.

So, if you see Veronica at the market or Sarah Kate at the co-op, be sure to congratulate them for this great honor.  Or, you can celebrate with them tonight.  Tickets to the EarthDance Mission Awards Ceremony are $15, and may be purchased at the door or in advance at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

North City Farmers’ Market Going on Right Now

Come on out now to listen to the cool tunes of the Ragged Blade Band - and while you’re at it, pick up some great farm-fresh foods and locally produced crafts.

With the overcast skies and pleasant temperatures, it’s a great day to hang out at the market.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Join us THIS SATURDAY at North City Farmers’ Market

The North City Farmers’ Market takes place along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street every Saturday from June through mid-October.  We invite you to come on out to join us every week — but we’re making a special invitation to one and all to come on by the market THIS week since we’ll have a camera crew on hand to capture the sights and sounds of the market on Saturday, Sept. 17.  Because of the North City Farmers’ Market and the revitalization efforts that are making Old North more walkable and sustainable, we’ve captured the attention of this film crew traveling around the country covering environmental projects that are green and sustainable.

Whether you want to get your moment in the spotlight or just because you want to support the market, please join us Saturday and invite any others who want to enjoy the tastes of great, fresh, local foods; the sounds of the Ragged Blade Band; and the sights of Old North’s neighborhood revitalization.

For a downloadable PDF version of this flyer, click HERE.


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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