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Eat Local Resource Fair

ELRF 14 web graphic 4The Eat Local Challenge takes place during the first two weeks in September! The Center, Outpost, Slow Food WISE, and other organizations help you get geared up for this Challenge at this fun and informative event. 

Attend workshops and talks about how you can eat more locally and why it is important to you, our community and the environment. Also gather resources about buying and eating local food, exchange recipes and much more!

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
11am - 3:00 p.m.

Free - donations appreciated

Workshop schedule:

  • 12 pm: Eating Healthy and Local with Slow Food WISE
    Learn how to go beyond produce as you eat locally
  • 1 pm: Backyard Fruit Production with UW-Extension
    Growing your own food is a great way to tap into the fun of local living.
  • 2 pm: Almost Cooking with Outpost Foods
    Give new life to fridge "ingredients" like leftover deli-style salads or chicken.
  • 11 am - 3 pm: Food Book & Cookbook Exchange
    New for this year! Everyone that brings in a cookbook or other food book to swap will be entered to win a $25 Outpost gift card!

Why choose local food?

Many people grew up with a family garden or now have a garden that supplements their meals. Aside from these vegetables, we might not think often about where or how our food is produced. Yet our globalized world makes it possible for rice from across the world to accompany the green beans from our backyard. Our globalized food system makes it possible for us to eat food without knowing who grew it, how it was produced or where it even came from.

Eating foods produced locally is one way to be a more informed and conscientious consumer. Buying local foods allows you to build relationships with growers and producers whom you trust.

Spending your dollar on local food means more of your money stays in the local economy, helping to build and strengthen a healthy community. Choosing local food means caring about what we put into our bodies, where it comes from and how it is produced. In addition, buying local protects the environment. Local foods don't travel long distances to our dinner table, don't require as much processing and packaging, require less fuel to transport and they taste better!

Take the Eat Local Challenge?

It's a personal challenge not a contest. The Eat Local Challenge occurs the first two weeks of every September. During this time people challenge themselves to be more conscious about what we eat. It's about learning where our food comes from, as well as finding and enjoying more local food. It's about making small changes because we know over time all our small buying and eating changes will have a big impact on our bodies, our communities, and our environment.

Our local challenge's web site is full of resources- –why eat local, how to find local food, menus & recipes. In the late summer there will be news of this year's events. To learn more about the Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge, visit

Our Partners:

Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast

Outpost Natural Foods

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