August is one of the busiest months of the year for locavores. The choices of fruits and veggies are plentiful, the garden is in full production, canning and freezing fill up the weekends. It’s a busy time, but one of the best times to eat more local meals. A no other time of the year is it easier to make meals with fresh local produce. Organizations around the region are getting together to celebrate the season. Here’s some local food events you wont want to miss:
August 1-31st, 2012 – Eat Local, America! Challenge -Â Co-op stores across the nation will be celebrating local food during the month of August. Last year I participated in the Eat, Local America! Challenge by posting an entirely local recipe each day of the month. I’ll be carrying on this month with more favorites, including some home preserving recipes to make the season last longer. Sign up online or at your local co-op and take the Eat Local, America! Challenge.
August 4, 2012 – Seward Co-op 40th Anniversary Â The Seward Co-op in Minneapolis is celebrating 40 years of business this weekend with music, food and activities. From 12-8 p.m. join in the fun at East River Flats Park. The list of local food and beer is worth a look!
August 11, 2012 – Minnesota Garlic FestivalÂ The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota is hosting the 7th annual garlic festival in Hutchinson, MN. Not only will there be plenty of garlic treats to go around, some big names in Twin Cities local food (Brasa, Lucia’s, Common Roots and Birchwood Cafe) will be on-hand to share in the fun. There’s also a local beer and wine tasting from 12-5 p.m. that includes a souvenir mug or wine glass with you’re tasting fee.
August 11, 2012 – Community Garden Day Â Gardening Matters has declared Saturday August 11, 2012 “Community Garden Day” across Minnesota. Gardening enthusiasts around the state will be out on Saturday, touring the more than 50 participating community gardens and sharing in the mid-summer beauty. Gardening Matters has a searchable list of gardens and events here.
August 19, 2012 – The Homegrown ExperienceÂ Vendors and foodies from around the state will gather at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis for the best of local food, beer, and wine in the state at the 3rd Annual Homegrown Experience. A $20 ticket gains access to “sip, sample & purchase” local food as well as watch live chef demos and opportunities to meet farmers and producers.