BUY LOCAL BROWARD HOSTS 2nd ‘MEET AND GREET’ FOR GROWERS, CHEFS AND FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
Buy Local Broward and Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s TOUCH Initiative will present the second Meet & Greet for area growers, chefs, market and store managers and food entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm at the Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334.
‘Meet & Greet’ events serve as a way for local chefs, restaurants, distributors, small grocers and specialty food stores to learn about the variety and availability of locally grown produce and locally created food products, which can be featured in their establishments. The first ‘Meet & Greet’ (January 6th, 2014) had more than 80 local growers, chefs, food entrepreneurs, market managers, distributors and others gather at the Funky Buddha for networking. The second ‘Meet & Greet’ on March 25th will celebrate the connections Broward’s local food community has made since then.
Executive Chef Lauren deShields, of Market 17, a “farm fresh restaurant and bar” located in Fort Lauderdale shared her reaction to the first-time event, “I had such a great time at the ‘Meet & Greet’ for Buy Local Broward. I met a lot of interesting farmers who I hope to start supporting and buying from in the near future. It was a very inspiring event and it is so exciting to see that Broward is moving in the right direction.”
“The Meet and Greet was an important first step to bring all the players together in one room to begin talking about food,” stated Jon Albee of the Urban Farming Institute. Treehugger Farms co-founder Jason Long added, “We were grateful to be able to find a market that is passionate in supporting its local growers. This event definitely has us looking forward to the great relationships to come.”
Following the event, attendees will be encouraged to visit the Downtown Oakland Park Farmers Market, located across the street from Funky Buddha which is open from 3pm to 8pm.
Buy Local Broward – Testimonials from the Jan. 6th, 2014 ‘Meet & Greet’
Buy Local Broward Through The Eyes of Jon Albee – Urban Farming Institute
Nardia Graham of The Herbal Tea Spot Shares Her “Buy Local Broward” Experience
More About Buy Local Broward
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.
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