Going Local Week, Sept. 5-11
With the plethora of big grocery stores and chain restaurants in Central Indiana, I know as well as anyone how easy it is to overlook the wealth of local produce in Indiana. I promise you, there’s great food grown right here! Sometimes you just need an excuse to make a change for the better. Hey, what better time to make a change than the annual Going Local Week (Sept 5-11).
Started by Indy food blogger Victoria Wessler in 2008, Going Local challenges Hoosiers to include locally grown ingredients in every meal for one week.
Participating won’t just boost our local economy (although that’s a great incentive in itself!). Locally grown, seasonal foods spend less time in the transition between being harvested and being sold, so they tend to be of better quality and flavor. Because transportation and preservation expenses are lower than produce from out of state, local fare tends to be less expensive, too. And Going Local Week can also be a wonderful opportunity just to try new recipes and appreciate Indiana as the wellspring of culinary offerings it really is.
I only recently started buying local foods on a regular basis and while it can seem like a challenging task at first, there are numerous opportunities around the city to buy and eat local foods. Farmer’s Markets are abundant throughout the summer and fall and can be found all over Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.
For those more apt at tasting dishes than cooking them, many restaurants in the area are proud to buy from local purveyors. Eating at those establishments encourages other restaurants to do the same. Some nearby farms even give tours to the public. It’s a great way to teach families about where food comes from.
For a listing of farmer’s markets near you, recipes featuring Indiana produce and information on the Going Local campaign, go to www.goinglocal-info.com. NUVO readers, enjoy the bounty of fall in Indiana and participate in Going Local with me!