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Are You a Locavore?
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I am a big fan of eating local foods when possible! But I did not realize until recently that there was a name for people like me… Loc-a-vore: one who eats local foods when possible. I understand that this can be difficult at times due to Wisconsin’s climate, but we are currently at the beginning of our most plentiful time of year.  There is an abundance of delicious fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables out there for you to try.  Since these items are in season and at the peak of freshness, their flavor and nutritional content are at their best and the cost is usually the lowest! What more could you ask for? Here at Festival, we know that many of our guests are looking for more local foods, and we work hard to build relationships directly with local farmers to bring fresh produce from the family farm to your family table when possible. Here are 3 reasons why Festival strives to be involved with the local food growers and why you should buy local this summer:

  1. Local food supports local farm families and builds community. When you buy homegrown produce, you’re re-establishing a time-honored connection between the eater and the grower. Knowing the farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the weather, and the miracle of raising food.
  2. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife. A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. In addition, the habitat of a farm is the perfect environment for many beloved species of wildlife.
  3. Local food is about the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to the freshest, best-tasting and most nutritious produce.
While we do stock local farmer’s harvests in our stores when possible, we also have the privilege of hosting Farmer’s Markets in many of our store parking lots. Here is a list of the 2011 Farmer’s Markets:
Store Day Start End Time Frame
Appleton Darboy Sunday June 26th October 9th 7:00AM-12:00PM
Appleton Northland Wednesday June 23rd October 12th 8:00AM-1:00PM
De Pere Tuesday July 12th October 11th 7:00AM-12:00PM
Eau Claire Sunday June 12th October 9th 8:00AM-2:00PM
Fond du Lac Sunday July 10th October 9th 7:00AM-1:00PM
Green Bay East Wednesday July 13th October 12th 7:00AM-12:00PM
Green Bay West Monday July 11th October 10th 7:00AM-12:00PM
Holmen Wednesday June 15th October 12th 3:00PM-7:00PM
Manitowoc Sunday Monday June 26th June 27th October 12th October 13th 8:00AM-1:00PM 3:00PM-7:00PM
Marshfield Saturday Sunday June 4th June 5th October 8th October 9th 8:00AM-1:00PM 8:00AM-1:00PM
Onalaska Sunday June 5th October 30th 8:00AM-1:00PM
Oshkosh Tuesday July 12th October 11th 7:00AM-12:00PM
Suamico Sunday July 10th October 9th 7:00AM-12:00PM
So go ahead, feed your inner locavore!
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