Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE03-450
The goal of this project was to hold a “Think Globally, Eat Locally” festival that would result in three goals being achieved:
1. Increase appreciation of and demand for locally grown produce;
2. Educate members of CSAs and shoppers at Farmers’ Markets about ways to use fresh vegetables;
3. Create an event in which members and area residents would network and meet others who appreciate fresh food grown in a sustainable way to benefit the environment.
Several months were spent planning and organizing the festival. Many people were brought into this process including farmers, chefs, CSA volunteers, local media, and food project staff. Every detail was carefully researched and planned for, including renting a special hand-washing station to comply with health regulations. The festival was held Sunday August 24th.
The festival attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd of over 200 people. Participants included members of several CSAs, patrons of the Phoenixville Farmers’ Markets, area farmers, and politicians. Cooking demonstrations were very popular, achieving the main objective of educating the public about using the vegetables that are locally grown. Festival attendees discovered and then started to patronize restaurants that support local agriculture, and networking opportunities resulted in other area farms increasing their markets. Future festivals are planned for subsequent years, with the addition of a fee to cover the costs of holding the festival.