Local Foods Week to Be Celebrated in June

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Several local counties are asking county governments to proclaim June 11-17 as Local Foods Week. The Coastal Food Policy Council, created through a collaboration of Cooperative Extension Centers across the area, is working to connect citizens to healthy, affordable food options and educate them about local food systems.

There are  many reasons to support local foods. These include supporting local farmers, keeping our rural areas rural and maintaining community interactions. Besides, we all know that money spent locally tends to stay in the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

For more information, follow the Coastal Food Policy Council on Facebook. Each day during local foods week, some type of local food grown or caught in our area will be highlighted with recipes and fun facts related to the food. Local foods week also involves asking citizens to make a commitment to use local foods in new ways throughout the week, so check back daily to see how you can become involved. In addition, information about community, economic and environmental benefits to supporting locally grown or caught products will be shared.

To learn more about local foods and how you can support local foods, make sure to visit the Coastal Food Policy Council on Facebook during Local Foods Week , June 11-17 (and thereafter) to actively participate in the call for a commitment to local foods.