7 Reasons to Celebrate Local Foods this Season

Winter is approaching and the Year of Local Foods is going strong. Here are 7 Reasons to Celebrate local food in Cleveland:

  1. The innovation continues as Hough’s Mansfield Frazier plans to install the world’s first biocellar, repurposing the foundation of a demolished house as a way to grow year-round.
  2. The West Side Market gets some sustainable presents for its 100th birthday: new recycling, compost and waste stations for consumers to help close the loop on the local food system and LED lighting donated by GE.
  3. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District was awarded a planning grant from the US Department of Agriculture to explore how to create gardens at each of the schools. This was a goal of one of the work groups at the 2012 Sustainability Summit.
  4. WCPN Ideastream aired a story about local food in Cleveland as an economic enginge, and as if to prove that point,
  5. The Toronto Star names Cleveland  a top travel destination for Canadians, in part, because of our “farm-to-table” culinary movement.
  6. The Sustainable Cleveland working groups focused on local foods are meeting at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 29th at the Sustainable Cleveland Center to coordinate and collaborate their efforts. Interested in getting involved? Feel free to stop by to learn more.
  7. A growing number of hoop houses and season extending growing practices have resulted in a boom of 6 new winter farmers’ markets, bringing the total to 11 year-round local food markets in Greater Cleveland. I hope you’ll celebrate the bounty of local foods with me and consider shopping for your holiday meals at a winter market.

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