Ohio Local Foods Week

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August 6 – 12, 2017

 

What does local foods mean to you? While there is not one definition for “local” food - it is very personal and can vary from person to person. Some people are able to grow their own food. Others grow some food, and also support local producers by purchasing food from them.  And still others only purchase local foods from local producers. 

 

When making food decisions, many people consider where their food was grown or raised and make an effort to develop personal connections with growers and producers to enjoy flavorful, safe, local food. Ohio Local Foods week is not only about enjoying the tastes of local foods, but is also about becoming more aware and better informed about the nutritional, economic, and social benefits of local foods in Ohio.

 

Eggplant in the Garden
Eggplant (Solanum melongena) - Photo Credit: Amy Stone

 

You can help celebrate local foods in Ohio! Join Ohioans from across the state in a celebration of local foods August 6-12, 2017. OSU Extension educators are working with communities to showcase their local food producers through special events and educational programs.

 

Just as there is no one definition for “local,” there is no one way to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week. You are invited to participate in the $10 Ohio Local Foods Challenge by committing to spend at least ten dollars (or more) on your favorite local foods during Ohio Local Foods Week. Look for regional community events, follow the event on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up at for the $10 Ohio Local Foods Challenge.

 

 

Yellow Cherry Tomato
Cherry Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Sungold Select II') - Photo Credit: Amy Stone

 

Why Ohio Local Foods Week?

 

  • Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry contributing jobs for one in seven Ohioans, and more than $107 billion to the state's economy. (ohioproud.org)
  • Ohio offers a unique proximity of metropolitan and micropolitan areas, linking rural and urban consumers, growers and communities to food produced on small, medium and large-scale family-owned farms.
  • Ohio ranks in the top ten states for direct sales to consumers represented by a wide variety of food products including but not limited to eggs, milk, cheese, honey, maple syrup, beverages, bread and other artisan products, fresh, frozen canned and dried vegetables, fruits and meats. (USDA Ag Census, 2012.)
  • One in six Ohioans is food insecure and lacks access to fresh, local, healthy food.   
  • All Ohioans are part of the food system just by making daily decisions about what food to eat.

 

Tomato
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Beauty') - Photo Credit: Amy Stone

 

 

If you are looking to plan a celebration, here are some ideas to get started. You can also find a listing of events throughout the state.

 

Let us know how you plan to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week. Share your pictures and stories with us on Facebook or Twitter. #localfoodsOH

 

Information for this alert came from the OSU Local Food Website.  The author would like to thank Patrice Powers-Barker for her assistance as this article's co-author.