Get to know your food and farmer. Eat Local Expo tomorrow

The Eat Local Expo — as the name implies — is a gathering of people devoted to local food. More importantly, it’s a marketplace where consumers can meet local farmers and start the beginnings of a new food relationship. The first of two expos, which are sponsored by the Kansas City Food Circle (KCFC), is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center.

I called KCFC Coordinating Committee Member Dave Lawrence, who was kind enough to talk while he unloaded copies of KCFC’s 2009 Directory of Local Organic and Free-Range Growers. He said the Eat Local Expo isn’t a typical farmer’s market but more a “outreach and network opportunity.”

Yes, there will be plenty of early-season and year-round local organic food available, such as greens, honey, meat and preserves, but the main reason for the Eat Local Expo is so local people can start a personal connection with local growers.

For some, that means buying shares in a farmer’s harvest through a program like Community Supported Agriculture.

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