We've launched the Our Local Food website!
If you live or do business in one of the following counties, please consider becoming a member of Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley: Atchison, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, or Wyandotte.
See the Our Local Food links at left...
The Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley program is a newly-formed network of local farms, farmers markets, food businesses, and consumers who are committed to increasing the production and sales of fresh, local foods here in NE Kansas.
We are doing this in three ways:
Fostering relationships between food service operations and agricultural producers. By providing networking resources, communication tools and marketing materials we hope to enhance the capacity of restaurants and other food service operations to take advantage of our rich agricultural region. Growing trusting relationships between farmers and buyers is a primary focus of OLF-KRV.
Providing a branding tool for locally grown products. Consumers are placing increasing importance on locally grown foods. The Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley label will unite the various sources for local foods, from grocery stores, to restaurants and farmers markets. With an eye catching label, all suppliers of local foods will benefit. Farmers can also use the label themselves to brand farm-direct products.
Educating consumers about the value of locally grown products. While awareness of local food and its importance is increasing among consumers, we hope to show consumers how easy it is to enjoy local foods on a regular basis. The OLF-KRV logo tells consumers, "You're in a place that's committed to supporting our local farms and our local economy."