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Local Food Showcase: Inaugural event to strengthen local food infrastructure in western PA


Do good for yourself; do good for the world.

Eating locally not only tastes better and is better for your body, but also has a positive impact on local economies (imagine what we could do with all those dollars kept in our communities rather than siphoned off to multinational corporations). Agriculture is a top industry in Pennsylvania, with many farmers and food producers located right here in western Pennsylvania. With the goal of connecting the region's food growers and makers with the region's food buyers and eaters, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Allegheny County and co-sponsor Chatham University, in collaboration with PASA, have launched the first-ever Local Food Showcase.

The Local Food Showcase runs 1 to 4 p.m., Thurs., March 11 at Chatham University's Anderson Dining Hall. The entrance fee is $5, and parking will be available in the University's Library/Theatre Lot accessible via Murray Hill Avenue.

"If you grow food, cook food or eat food, this event is for you. We invite anyone with an interest in where their food comes from, anyone looking to make connections for the upcoming growing season," says Heather Mikulas with Penn State Cooperative Extension.

The event will present resources for finding local sources of fresh and processed foods for retail, restaurant, wholesale, CSA (community supported agriculture), farm markets and home use. There will be demonstrations, tastings and educational information on local farms, biofuels, composting and gardening.

The 40-plus participating vendors include the expected--East End Food Co-Op and tons of farms, including Kretschmann, Cherry Valley Organics and Frankferd--as well as local eateries Six Penn/Parkhurst and Enrico Biscotti, Purple Spoon Jams and Lebanese food from Najat's Cuisine.

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Heather Mikulas, Penn State Cooperative Extension

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