What Does Local Food Mean To You?
Updated: Aug 8, 2022
What does local food mean to you?
I myself have pondered and heard many variations of how local food is defined. I've been privileged to work in our local food community for 14 years. In that time, I've chose to define my meaning of local food in the following way: Local food means the producer provides an option for their customers to be connected to the source. The source is transparent and makes a conscious effort in choosing to grow food with the good of all in mind. Local food allows people to honor, celebrate, and support the huge undertaking that is required for farmers to produce food "right" and share it the people in their area that need it. Local food means better options for all - from the original source, to the end consumer. Local food is a process that allows the betterment of lives in every step of the journey.
This is me with my good friends the Phillips Family. Left to right is yours truly, Leah, Peyton and Rob Phillips. We’re beaming with mutual admiration just before an event to celebrate our local Farm to School program in their completion of the arduous process to get locally grown food into the the school lunch program. This is local food. This is us being mutually thrilled for each other as we celebrate local food, OUR local food, providing nutritional and community enrichment.
Getting to meet Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and his fantastic team of aids was fun! Senator Brown is a self-proclaimed #Snowvillain and loves our products - how cool!