Eat Local Challenge promotes homegrown foods

Lexie Johnson, of Kansas City, visits with Gaylen Knapp, of Bonner Springs, during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Johnson sells Hippie Chow, a gourmet granola made with all natural ingredients. Knapp is a farmer with Knapp Family Farms. Both sell their products at The Merc, 901 Iowa, and were offering food samplings at the picnic.

Lexie Johnson, of Kansas City, visits with Gaylen Knapp, of Bonner Springs, during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Johnson sells Hippie Chow, a gourmet granola made with all natural ingredients. Knapp is a farmer with Knapp Family Farms. Both sell their products at The Merc, 901 Iowa, and were offering food samplings at the picnic. by Karrey Britt

The Merc is gearing up for its fifth annual Eat Local Challenge.

The challenge, which rewards participants for purchasing local groceries, farmers’ market products and restaurant meals, runs from Saturday through Aug. 25.

This year’s challenge coincides with a new labeling effort at the Merc, in which labels show the miles a product traveled to get to the store and indicate whether the product was raised, grown or made locally.

“Eating foods that are grown, raised and made locally is a practice that contributes to the economic, environmental and social well-being of a community,” according to an announcement from the Merc.

Sign up for the challenge at the Merc, 901 Iowa. An Eat Local Challenge potluck is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Centennial Park, 600 Rockledge Road. The event will include a People’s Choice recipe contest for the best main dish and dessert.

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Comments

Kris Adair 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the update. I knew the challenge started soon but forgot when. The girls love to participate every year. I am going to work on our recipe this week so we know it is good for the potluck.

LilySiebert 5 years, 9 months ago

Consumer 1, I think the misunderstanding here is that the challenge is encouraging folks to purchase from a local store. The challenge is actually encouraging residents to purchase local foods, from many different establishments including restaurants and farmers markets. The ELC is an opportunity to enjoy the abundance of beautiful, fresh produce that we see right now in our area and celebrate it together as a community.

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