August is Eat Local Month King County
AUGUST IS EAT LOCAL MONTH KING COUNTY
Tilth Alliance launches campaign celebrating the local food community in King County
Seattle – Tilth Alliance, a founding member of the statewide Eat Local First Collaborative, a coalition of organizations working together to facilitate connections between consumers and farm/food businesses across Washington through the WA Food & Farm Finder is launching the first-ever Eat Local Month King County.
Throughout the month of August, residents and visitors will be invited to celebrate local food in King County, focusing on the ample and unique diversity of farms, ranches, farmers markets and grocers, chefs, restaurants, food trucks, local food artisans and makers who grow, raise, prepare and create local food throughout the county.
“Eat Local Month King County is a celebration of the many different pathways that bring the farm to our tables,” says Sheryl Wiser, Director of Special Projects at Tilth Alliance. “It’s a fun and easy way to connect with new tastes, new producers and local food businesses, while advocating support for our local farms and food economy. It’s something everyone can do.”
Each week different ways to connect with and enjoy local food in King County will be highlighted, along with special events, activities, recipes, where to buy local products, resources, and special enter-to-win featuring prizes from local farms and food businesses.
August 6-12: Farmers Market Week
August 13-19: Locally Made Week
August 20-26: Farm Week
August 27-31: Restaurant Week
According to the King County Agriculture Program, King County has the fourth largest farmer population in Washington State, with over 42,000 acres (about twice the area of Manhattan) in its Agriculture Production Districts – areas designated for agriculture. Of the 39 counties in Washington state, King County has the third highest number of farms, with over 100 plus products grown here, with dairies, livestock operations, row crops and berry fields.
Working farms in the urban and rural areas of the county support 41 farmers markets (with over 25% of farmers from King County), Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and local food delivery companies, a vibrant restaurant, food truck, grocery retail, and expanding local food and beverage culture – one that highlights the growth of entrepreneurial and culturally relevant food businesses working closely with local farmers to create new products for the marketplace.
These businesses have made a notable investment of time, effort, and funds to source more consciously, from fine dining institutions to social enterprise cafes to pop-ups, and across a diversity of cuisines.
Eat Local Month King County is made possible with funding from the King Conservation District and presented by PCC Community Markets who has worked closely with Tilth Alliance and other regional partners to strengthen the local food system.
“Our mission is to ensure that good food nourishes the communities we serve while cultivating vibrant, local, organic food systems. For 70 years, we’ve been dedicated to preserving local farmland and partnering with Northwest producers, farmers, ranchers and makers,” said Rachel Tefft, Senior Manager Community Food Systems at PCC Community Markets. “Celebrating with our partners at Tilth Alliance for the first-ever Eat Local Month King County is our mission in action, and we are thankful for their leadership to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future.”
EAT LOCAL MONTH KING COUNTY LINKS
Eat Local Month King County website
Eat Local First
Washington Food & Farm Finder
Tilth Alliance works in community with Washington farmers, gardeners and eaters to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future and is dedicated to creating and fostering welcoming and inclusive events, programs and volunteer/employment opportunities and activities for all. Tilth Alliance acknowledges that we gather on Indigenous land: the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe (Dkhw Duw’Absh). Learn more at tilthalliance.org
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