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Put Locally Grown Food on the Holiday Menu

November 24, 2009


| Pierce County Council | November 23, 2009 | As families put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving preparations, Pierce County food producers are reminding shoppers to add at least one locally grown item to their dinner table.

"Eating locally grown food helps reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, supports our local farmers and small businesses, and helps preserve our rural communities and open spaces," said Carrie Sikorski, Pierce County's Farming Assistance, Revitalization and Marketing (FARM) program specialist. "Regional farmers bring an abundance of fresh food to market this time of year like winter squashes, cabbage, celery, farmstead cheeses, cranberries, eggs, shellfish, wines, and turkey."

Several local organizations teamed up for the "Eat Local for Thanksgiving" campaign Nov. 17 to 26 to encourage households to buy local this Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays. The Pierce County Council recognized their efforts last week with a proclamation signed by the executive and all seven councilmembers.

Each dinner serving prepared with local foods avoids the potential release of 2.2 pounds of greenhouse gases, and if every Pierce County household included one local dish, it would equal 530,000 vehicle miles ? or 196 tons of greenhouse gas ? that would be eliminated on Thanksgiving Day alone. In addition, $55 million in "farm gate" sales produced by 1,500 farms in Pierce County are returned to the local economy.

CONTACT:

Carrie Sikorski, FARM Program Specialist

(253) 798-3253

Brad Chatfield

Council Communications Manager

(253) 798-6626

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