Throughout the Toledo area, people are celebrating the wealth of local food that comes as a result of our area’s fertile soil, temperate climate and agricultural heritage. And, with August as the start of the peak of our season, there’s no better time than now to celebrate.
From August 8 – 18, 2014, the Northwest Ohio Local Food Council is inviting the community to celebrate Local Food Week 2014. Eating locally raised foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheese, and bread is just part of the fun, as the event celebrates farmers’ markets, restaurants that serve local food and even local growers who donate to food pantries. From a Rain Barrel Workshop (Aug. 13) to Local Foods Friday (Aug. 15) to “Savor Sylvania” Restaurant Week (starting Aug. 17), the week is full of foods grown close to home.
5 Reasons to Feast
- Local Food Week encourages personal connections with our region’s growers and producers and supporting our local community economically. According to the Food Council’s website, if just 15% of the food we ate at home were purchased directly from our region’s farmers, it would generate $305 million of new income for them.
- Eating locally grown foods has health benefits, too, according to ProMedica Wellness Dietitian, Nathan Drendel. Fresh produce is often picked at their peak and consumed quickly, conserving valuable nutrients that could be lost when produce is transported miles away. This also reduces the risk of food borne illnesses, since the handling and processing of produce is limited.
- Buying local is good for the environment. Drendel says that because local produce needs less processing, it reduces the amount of trash and helps keeps local soils fertile and well nourished.
- Local foods expand your palate. Planning a menu with locally grown foods will fill your plate with a variety of foods including beans, beets, blueberries, cabbage, corn, kale, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and more.
Find the full calendar of Local Food Week 2014 events on their site, post on their Food in the 419 Facebook page and use #ItMattersWhereYouGrowIt for a week of delicious community collaboration!