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Farm to Table Conference celebrates eating healthy and local

"Locavore" is quickly becoming a buzzword, but eating locally can be tough if you don't know what is in season and where to find it. Enter Farm to Table. In its fifth year, Farm to Table's 2011 conference theme is Eating Healthy & Local All Year Round.

From eggs to beer, Farm to Table's conference will feature exhibitors, speakers and cooking demonstrations to help consumers identify local food sources and how to obtain them, among other things. "We wanted to highlight everything that was available year-round at the event," Erin Hart, director of health benefit services at American HealthCare Group, said.

An all-day, weekend event, the conference will also have a Local Food Tasting, which includes more than 30 local restaurants, farms, breweries and chefs. "Just being able to come and taste things is, I think, the best part of the event," Hart added. "It gets people more familiar with the brands, and they get to actually meet the people who work in these different places, so it really brings it to a personal level."

The conference isn't just about highlighting local foods. It strives to change the way people eat, focusing on real food instead of processed food. Making it easier for people to eat healthy is the point of the conference, Hart said.

Farm to Table is part of the wellness program at American HealthCare Group. It includes programs such as Lunch & Learn, Farmers Market on Wheels and cooking demonstrations.

The Farm to Table conference is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for day one and $20 for day two. Ticket price increases $5 at the door. Click here for more information on Farm to Table and the conference.

Writer: Alex Audia
Source: Erin Hart, American HealthCare Group
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