It’s really exciting how much buzz there is about local food in Columbus at the moment: farmer’s markets, Edible Columbus, new restaurants committed to local sourcing like Skillet and Knead, field to table dinners and the cow to cone marketing at Jeni’s. We are lucky to live in an agricultural state and have so much wonderful fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy.
This week is Local Foods Week, organized by Local Matters and there are more events than any one person could reasonably attend and a wealth of fun activities and dinners to choose from. Last year’s Local Foods Week was a lot of fun, and this year’s line up is bigger and better. Our special Columbus Food Adventures Local Foods Week tour pretty much sold out within 24 hours.
One of the focuses of this Local Foods Week is the Eat Local Challenge. There are a number of different ways that you can pledge to eat local, but I hope that everyone will try at least one Ohio grown food this week, whether it’s one of the many varieties of local apples or a scoop of Jeni’s pumpkin ice cream.
Last year’s theme was Localicious – this year’s is ‘OH so good’. What local foods do you think are “OH so good’? I’d love to hear about your favorite local foods, and also what events you take part in this week. I’m starting the week off with my third market to market ride tomorrow morning.
October 6, 2010
We eat a lot of local foods as we do most of our shopping at the north market farmers market or at the north market itself. Local Foods week for us isn’t a change in our eating patterns but it is an excuse for some fun events – so far this week these include the market to market bike ride, the grilled cheese throw down and a wonderful dinner at Alana’s. Tomorrow is our local foods week tour, which includes a stop at Skillet – winners of the grilled cheese throw down.