Buy local: Food fair offers farmers market in winter

Mar 4, 2012 Staff

The 2012 Local Food Fair happening Saturday, March 10, at Central Wyoming College is offering the opportunity to have a farmers-style market in winter.

The Food Fair that is free and open to the public features more than 25 food producers showcasing their products and providing information about their farms and businesses.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Intertribal Education and Community Center.

Numerous products will be available to purchase, including locally grown lamb and grass-fed beef, eggs, fresh salad greens, dried beans, frozen raspberries and raspberry products, home-baked breads and other goods, jellies, and fresh peach cobbler baked on site, fair coordinator Sherry Shelley said.

"The new Mobile Poultry Processor will be on display outside," Shelley said.

Also, the "Meeteetse Chocolatier," a zero-waste business that creates chocolates and desserts, has been invited.

Producers will be taking orders for products available during the upcoming seasons including locally grown feeder pigs, pastured pork and poultry, grass-fed and finished beef, and a large variety of fresh vegetables and fruits.

One producer, she said, is hoping to have ripe tomatoes by May.

Shelley said there are many advantages to purchasing locally produced foods.

"The food tends to be fresher and healthier than conventional grocery store products," she said. "The money spent on local food stays in our economy, supporting both small farms and agricultural businesses."

Also participating in the 2012 Food Fair coordination is Riverton Community Outreach, in partnership with Fremont Local, a newly organized marketing group headed up by Steve Doyle and Jack Schmidt that is working to build a local food network.

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