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Farmers, consumers to gather for food and fun

Saturday is a daylong food-oriented event that brings farmers and consumers together for learning, sharing and playing.

The day will include a forum emceed by Amigo Bob Cantisano from 9 a.m. to noon, a lunch at the “Conversation Cafe,” and at 1:30 p.m. a “Food Trash” fashion show by the folks of Haute Trash. Lots of fun activities for kids, food tasting, and music, which includes Buffalo Gals, starting at 2 p.m., then Dreamtime, Satori, and Venus, Starlight and Laughter. All bands are mostly women acoustic and a cappella. Doors open at 8 a.m., with muffins provided.

Many communities across the United States are actively involved in similar efforts, sometimes referred to as “re-localization”. This activity is currently being stimulated by looming shortages in fossil fuels which will have dramatic impacts on all sectors of society, and nowhere more so than on food. (Food now typically travels 1500 miles to get to your plate.) However, even if fossil fuels were unlimited there are still many other good reasons to “Come Home To Eat”: preserving open land, retaining the rural character of our community, supporting local farmers, having food that is healthy and nutritious, and keeping money in the local community.

Lunch costs $12 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12, and advance purchase of lunch tickets at BriarPatch is requested. Admission to this event, which is being held at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, 255 S. Auburn St., is free, with donations accepted. A budding local food coalition is the organizer. Call Rita at 288-3238 for information.

8 am – Doors open (beverages and muffins available)

9 am to noon – Forum on Local Food, featuring a panel of local ranchers and farmers talking about the joys and challenges of local farming, plus Roger Ingram, UC Cooperative Extension Office, reports on the 2005 Ag Survey. MC: Amigo Bob Cantisano. RSVP for child care.

Noon – Lunch at the “Conversation Cafe”. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared using locally grown ingredients while discussing local food topics with your neighbors.

1 pm to 5 pm – Local Food Festival. An entertaining and educational festival featuring: 1:30 pm- Haute Trash “Food Trash” Fashion Show

Information booths and exhibits

Fun activities for kids led by local 4-H kids

Local food tasting and product sales

Musical groups…..and much more!

What: Come Home To Eat: celebrating the bond between local farmers and local consumers

When: Saturday, March 25, 2006 – all day

Where: Grass Valley Veterans’ Hall, 255 South Auburn Street

Cost: Free admission all day (donations welcome).

Lunch: suggested donation $12 adults, kids 6 to 12 $5, tickets available at BriarPatch.

(Advance purchase requested. Limited number of lunch tickets.)

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