Eating local is becoming more and more important to families and individuals as they try to balance financial costs with environmental and food safety concerns. At the same time, local farmers and producers are struggling to make a living while competing against major international chains that depend on low labor costs and inadequate food safety standards to undersell them. To our dismay, international standards on pesticide and herbicide use on agricultural crops vary widely and these are the crops that fill our major grocery stores’ shelves.
CCNB has been focusing on the benefits of eating local and helping to promote the local farming community, through advocacy, promotion, presentations and education. One major promotional event is the 100-Mile Dinner, held in Riverview. This fundraising dinner and fair is a celebration of everything local, showcasing the fine products and producers that surround us. This event will emphasize how easy it is to make healthy choices for our families from local producers.
With the generous support of the Chocolate River Station Cocoa Room, the Southeast Chapter will provide booth space for local farmers and producers so that the public can meet them to discuss their products and work. For the dinner, The Cocoa Room will be preparing and serving a delicious meal with meat and produce donated from our local producers.
Doors will open at 5:00 with the event starting at 6:00. Come early to meet some local producers!