Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This Friday: Local Farmer Panel Discussion

Imagine grocery shopping in February and being surrounded by a wealth of locally produced foods! We're getting there, especially if you shop at the co-op, but we do have a way to go. How can we build the local foodshed so that more Minnesota food is available year-round? To (mostly) quote from the Eat Local: Just Food blog:

Hear from three larger local producers - Kadejan (free-range chicken), Whole Grain Milling Company (grains and awesome tortilla chips), and Cedar Summit Farm (milk and other dairy products) - as they talk about the challenges and importance of large-scale local farming. The panel will be moderated by local farmer David Hougen-Eitzman of Big Woods Farm.

Everyone is invited to this important free event- but PLEASE PREREGISTER ASAP. Spread the word, join your neighbors, and bring your questions for the panelists! We’ll have local cheeses to snack on during the panel.

Friday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Just Food Co-op Event Space (516 Water St. South, Northfield). Space is limited- Please call or stop in to reserve your seat.

I've almost finished reading Bill McKibben's wonderful book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, and with the messages of that book fresh in my mind I certainly plan to be there on Friday. This is such an important and exciting issue! If you're thinking of coming, please call the co-op at 507-650-0106 to let them know you'll be there.

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