Broward County is surrounded to the north and south by counties which continue to have large areas devoted to food production, while Broward County has lost much of its historical farming acreage to development. The “Buy Local Broward” movement is an effort to bring attention to the reemergence of local growers and availability of local produce within Broward County. Through the TOUCH Initiative and the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, emphasis has been placed on “Growing Growers”, increasing access to locally grown produce and encouraging county-wide “Farm to Table” efforts.
To kickoff this effort, TOUCH hosted the Buy Local Broward Meet & Greet as a way for local chefs, restaurants, distributors, small grocers and specialty food stores to learn of the availability of locally grown produce and other locally created food products which can be featured in their establishments.
The “Buy Local Broward” Kick-off event was held on Monday, January 6th in cooperation with the City of Oakland Park Community Redevelopment Agency and Funky Buddha Brewery located within the Oakland Park Culinary District. This event provided an opportunity to see what is currently available and what relationships can be formed to provide new opportunities for local food production and distribution.
The event also served as the Kick-off for a three month promotional season of “Buy Local Broward” by local restaurants and farmers markets. The three month promotion will also include educational events on how to prepare locally grown healthy foods and where to purchase products featured as part of the Buy Local Broward season.
If you are a grower, chef, market or store manager, or distributor of local food and would like to be a part of this movement, please register your participation in Buy Local Broward by completing this short form.
Participation includes recognition on TOUCH Broward’s website and any local food events can be added to our Calendar of Events. Each partner also receives Buy Local Broward signage for their business or market booth.
The TOUCH Map of Broward County Farmers Markets now includes Buy Local Broward Participants
We’ve updated our Farmers Markets Map to include those markets, stores, restaurants, growers, and distributors who have joined the Buy Local Broward movement.
For more information about sources of Local Food, CSAs and Farmers Markets in South Florida check out: http://localfoodsouthflorida.org/index.html