Eat Local Challenge promotes homegrown foods
- on August 7, 2012
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.