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Fifth Annual Local Foods Week Kicks Off Today

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Fifth Annual Local Foods Week Kicks Off Today
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Local Matters is an organization dedicated to the sustainability of the land and community that feeds Central Ohio. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Local Foods Week, a nine-day celebration of Ohio farmers, producers, and artisans.

This year’s installation of the event will take place from August 10th-18th, and includes a veritable feast of activities for all ages. It kicks off on Saturday, August 10th with the Urban Garden Bike Ride, which coincides with the opening of the Near East Side Co-op Market at 1117 Oak Street, a community-owned market built to bring healthier foods options to that side of town.

Other family-friendly events throughout the week include Celebrating the Harvest on the Scioto Mile on Wednesday, August 14th from 11:30am-1:30pm, the Weinland Park Community Festival from noon till 4pm on Saturday, August 17th at Weinland Park, and the Kids’ Cook-Off Challenge at the Whetstone Park  Rec Center at 2pm on Sunday, August 18th.

The North Market’s 22nd annual Farmers Festival will also happen during the week of festivities. Attendees to the free event will be on hand to witness the Homemade Jam and Jelly contest, the Ugly Tomato contest, and the Grilled Cheese Throwdown. More than 20 local farmers will be there for the 8am-5pm event commemorating the height of Ohio’s growing season.

There’s a lot to see and do during Local Foods Week – food tours, shopping, games, contests, and festivals – so make a plan to be a part of the food you eat, and the culture in which you live.

“Local Foods week is an invitation to join the vibrant local food community here in Central Ohio,” states Michael Jones, co-founder and director of Local Matters. “The opportunity to engage our communities in a conversation about healthful food access is the reason to provide this kind of festival around local, wholesome food.”

For a full schedule of events, visit www.local-matters.org/local-foods-week.

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The Urban Living Tour returns (with strict safety guidelines) on Aug 30!