By Catherine Cochran, Food Systems Intern
Between enjoying live entertainment from a tap-dancing fiddler and getting to sample locally-landed ceviche, attendees of the 2016 Good Food Showcase agreed that the event was a major success! On December 2nd over 250 people attended the event at Coastal Roots Farm to show their dedication to preserving and growing the local good food movement. More than 50 local producers and growers were joined by 150 buyers and 70 purchasing institutions as well as 30 community partners at this event, and the outcome was sensational! Buyers were able to survey and network with local producers to increase their purchasing of sustainable healthy foods, and community partners shared their knowledge on the local food system by discussing the current programs in place to support these efforts.
The Good Food Showcase, formerly known as the Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase, is put on by CHIP each year in an effort to support the local food system. Through this event, sustainable growers and good food producers are able to network with buyers representing different institutions such as hospitals, school districts, etc. CHIP fosters the growth of beneficial, long-lasting business relationships between local producers and buyers, and through the Good Food Showcase works to expand a healthy, sustainable community and local economy.