…look for these on the sidewalk all around town to find this year’s fabulous Eat Local Participants!
Who: Locally owned independent restaurants, grocers, the Durango Farmers Market, local food non-profits
What: Annual month-long campaign to spotlight locally produced food by showcasing local dishes and drinks restaurants are making with local ingredients. Various forms of creative programming and campaign promotion over the years.
When: the month of September
Where: Durango, CO restaurants. Ingredients are considered “local” if sourced within a 100 mile radius
Why: La Plata County has an abundance of local food producers and a population that cares about its food consumption. As an educational and consumer based celebration, our goal is to connect producers with restaurants, grocers and restaurants to consumers.
Step one: Meet the farmers…
- Durango Farmers Market 8-Noon every Saturday morning between May 13th and October 28th.
At the 1st National Bank of Durango Parking Lot
- Bayfield Farmers Market 8:30am-Noon every Saturday morning between July 4th and October 3rd.
At Roadside Park on Hwy 160
- Ignacio Farmers & Artisans Market 9-1pm every Sunday from August through September.
At the ELHI Community Center, 115 Ute Street
Step two: Meet the chefs…
Visit the participating restaurants below!
Step three: Gala with us!
Join us at the 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner September 9th, 2017 – Tickets almost sold out!
Why Eat Local!
WHEN EATING OUT, YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY BY EATING LOCAL
Locally-owned restaurants and food service providers generate a large multiplier effect, meaning money spent there is circulated through our local economy more times than with other businesses. This is because these businesses are labor-intensive, so more of each dollar of revenue goes to local payroll.
EATING AND DRINKING LOCALLY CUTS CARBON EMISSIONS
A surprising study by researchers at the University of California, Merced, showed that “90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes.” This means a shorter supply chain, which means a fewer carbon emissions.
LOCAL FARMS ARE GROWING THANKS TO EATING LOCAL
The local food movement has helped small farms stay alive. When you buy from local farms, you’re helping them stay in business and supporting your local economy.
More to come soon on the festivities
during the 2017 Eat Local Celebration!