When: May 15-29
More online: FoodConspiracy.coop
THE FOOD CONSPIRACY CO-OP INVITES CITIZENS TO FEAST FROM FARMS
Eat Local, America! initiative unites food lovers across the country in support of local food producers
Want to learn more about eating local? The Food Conspiracy Co-op is launching a campaign this summer to help people do just that. From May 15 through May 29, consumers can explore the benefits of eating the region’s best locally sourced foods through Eat Local, America!, an initiative led by co-op grocers nationwide.
To participate in Eat Local, America!, shoppers are invited to stop by the co-op to find great local food options and event information and join the Eat Local online community at www.eatlocalamerica.coop. Participants are encouraged to set a goal for themselves. Whether eating one meal a week made with local foods or trying to source a specific percent of meals locally, participants can set a goal that fits their lifestyle.
The Food Conspiracy Co-op will also organize several events as part of Eat Local, America!, including a tour of Sleeping Frog Farm and a bike ride through southern Arizona’s wine country.
The Food Conspiracy defines local food as anything grown within 100 miles of the co-op, or anything made by a business located within 100 miles. During Eat Local, America! and throughout the year, the Food Conspiracy helps shoppers identify local food by labeling all of our local products.
“Summer is an exciting time of year for co-ops; the bounty and diversity of local foods are at their peak in Southern Arizona,” said Coley Ward, Food Conspiracy marketing manager. “Eat Local, America! gives us a chance to introduce ‘newbies’ to the local food movement in a fun, engaging way, but also to challenge local food lovers to get creative.”
“Though eating locally has become more popular recently, The Food Conspiracy has a long tradition of developing close relationships with food producers,” added Ward. “Right now there is a groundswell of people looking for authentic local foods, and we’re thrilled to be at the center of this movement.”
The Food Conspiracy joins dozens of natural food co-ops hosting Eat Local, America! coast-to- coast. All are members of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative representing 119 retail food co-ops nationwide.
Food lovers can learn more about Eat Local, America! and how to participate at www.eatlocalamerica.coop. For more information on great food, visit www.stronger.coop
Eat Local, America! Events
8-10 a.m. Hosted by Tucson Organic Gardeners at Dunbar Springs Community Garden, on the northwest corner of 11th Ave. and University Blvd. Learn about soil micro ecology, how to pick a spot for your garden and how to get started. Free.
Talk & Grill: The Paleolithic Diet
7 p.m. on the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s back patio. Painted Cave Ranch’s Langdon Hill will grill up some tasty beef samples and talk about getting back to basics by eating only what our ancient ancestors ate — no grains, legumes, processed sugars or oils. Free.
At Forever Yong Farm, in Amado, AZ. Join Yong and John for a unique farming experience. Garlic harvesting starts at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served and everyone will go home with a bundle of garlic. There will be a second harvest date in June. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Hurry, space is limited! Free.
Tour Sleeping Frog Farm
4:30 p.m. See where your local food is grown. Meet at the co-op at 2:30 p.m. A bus will leave for the farm at 3 p.m. Email marketing@ foodconspiracy.org to reserve a spot on the tour. Hurry, space is limited! Free.
Bike Ride through Wine Country
Starting and ending at Callaghan Vineyards, 336 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ. Taste local food and wine after a ride through southern Arizona’s beautiful wine country. More details to come.
For more details about these great Eat Local events, visit FoodConspiracy.coop
Food Conspiracy Marketing Manager