Farmers market meet and greet Thursday

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The approximate distance food travels before it ends up on a dinner plate: 1,500 miles according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The approximate distance for you to meet your local farmer and stimulate the local economy: the drive to Methodist Medical Center Atrium.

From 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Peoria County Farm Bureau and Living Earth Farm are partnering with Methodist’s Spring Farmers Market to host The Rise of the Peoria Locavore Meet and Greet.

The Meet and Greet will be located in the Methodist Medical Center Atrium at 900 Main St. in Peoria.

Attendees will learn why purchasing local foods is important to a local community’s economy, environment and health.

In addition, attendees can buy local produced breads, pastas, vegetables, baked goods, and obtain information about local producers.

A locavore is a person interested in eating food locally produced. Local food is food grown within 100 miles of its point of purchase or consumption.

The event is an opportunity for the Peoria area community to meet local farmers and see where their food is originating.

 Why eat locally?

• Food that is transported long distances is not as fresh. Fresh local food is healthier, retaining more of its nutrients as it travels one day to market.

• Lots of fuel is used to transport food across the country and from other countries. This creates a large carbon footprint on the environment.

• Eating locally helps support local farmers and the local economy.

 “The Rise of the Peoria Locavore Meet and Greet is a great way for farmers to showcase their produce and products in front of consumers,” said Anne Patterson, owner of Living Earth Farm. “Consumers will be able to meet the farmers, which provides a sense of trust in their food.”

 This event is open to the public. Free parking is available in the Atrium’s front entrance surface lot.

 For more information, contact Melissa McGuire at 217-433-0178.