Local Foods Week

Working for Local Matters has made me realize the breadth of the organization’s influence. There are so many arms within the organization that I can hardly believe it functions as smoothly as it does. As a result of the different programs that Local Matters orchestrates, there are gardens around the city, classes about cooking and nutrition and smart grocery shopping, grocery distribution programs in underserved neighborhoods, and so much more. Not to mention the Local Matters bumper stickers that I see plastered on cars around the city every day or the inevitable presence of a Local Matters table with volunteers and literature about local foods at any food-centered event.

Hard as it may be to believe, Local Matters’ presence is about to become even more apparent as LOCAL FOODS WEEK approaches! I love Local Foods Week. I mean, I LOVE it. The past two years, I haven’t had any affiliation with Local Matters (other than as an occasional volunteer), but I still attended the Local Foods Week events like it was my job. Local Foods Week is a city-wide celebration of local foods, intended to raise awareness about food issues and cultivate community. From the Eat Local Challenge to the Grilled Cheese Throwdown to burrito rolling contests to cooking classes, there’s guaranteed to be an event to please everyone who cares about food in the slightest.

This year, Local Foods Week is from August 11-19, and it’s going to be bigger than ever. Crave Magazine is having their farm-to-plate week, Whole Foods is focusing on local foods, and Dinin’ Hall is serving dishes made from local foods during the same time period in order to spread the fun city-wide. It’s impossible for me to pick one event that I’m most excited for, but one that stands out as especially creative is the Queen of the Sun screening that will occur at Jorgensen Farm on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 pm. Here’s the official blurb for the event:

“Spend an evening with the honeybees at Jorgensen Farm, presented by Edible Columbus and Whole Foods Market. Val Jorgensen will start the night with a talk about beekeeping at 7:00pm, Edible Columbus and Whole foods will provide honey and snacks while we screen the documentary “Queen of the Sun,” inside the barn at 8. Suggested donation of $5 will go to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society advocates on behalf of bees and other pollinators by publishing research, lobbying lawmakers and educating land stewards to restore the landscape for the benefit of pollinators. Space limited to 50 guests, reserve your space at ediblecolumbus.com see the movie trailer at queenofthesun.com.”

                If that doesn’t sound like an enriching experience, then check out http://local-matters.org/local-foods-week to see what else will be going on. Join in on the local foods fun – the entire city will be there!

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About taraeveritter

I'm working with Local Matters to develop a food cooperative in the Near East Side of Columbus. My work primarily includes researching the rich history of the Near East Side and creating a document that outlines how to successfully establish a cooperative in a low-income area. This document is intended for use by communities around the country that may want to undertake a similar project. The staff at Local Matters have an incredible passion for this work, and they've successfully infected me with curiosity and motivation to see this project through!
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