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Where the Harvest Is

By Heather Smith · September 9th, 2009 · Cravings
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This month offers plenty of opportunities to ring in fall the good old-fashioned Pagan way by feasting on the harvest and communing with friends and neighbors.

First off, Imago, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that supports sustainable living, is offering farm shares for a mere $160 — 10 weeks of fresh, organic veggies that includes a commitment to volunteer in the garden for two hours a week. Overall, the cost is cheaper than shopping for produce at Kroger. Mid-season offerings included Swiss chard, lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, sweet peppers, carrots, sweet turnips and herbs. You simply pick up your food from Imago’s Enright Ridge Urban Eco Village Farm Project in Price Hill every weekend. Participating is a communal event and an opportunity to make green friends. Call 513-244-6824.

Next, there’s still time to experience your local farmers’ market if you’ve yet to go this summer.

There are more than 23 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. From fresh root veggies to honey, breads and greens, there’s enough food for a monthlong feast. Visit cincinnatifarmersmarkets.org to find a market near you.

Finally, restaurateurs Martin and Marilyn Wade and Bilz Insurance are hosting a massive Farmers’ Fair, “Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Here!,” on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. Saturday evening, 5-10 p.m., is the locavore kick-off party where you can sample foods prepared by local chefs, taste local beers and wine and groove to local music.

On Sunday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Eat Fresh will offer a complete farmers’ market. Farmers will be selling locally grown and raised food and cottage producers will be selling minimally processed local foods such as honey, syrup, jams and bread. There will be plenty of food tastings.

Eat Fresh Event Chair Valerie Taylor says, “We’re celebrating food grown and raised right here in our Greater Cincinnati area. There’s so much available, we want to connect urban consumers with local growers and encourage people to utilize the wonderful resources in our region. Eating this way is good for our health and for our economy.”

Eat Fresh, Eat Local! is part of Cincinnati’s Great Outdoor Weekend. It’s open to the public and admission is free.

DINING TIPS AND NEWS: hsmith@citybeat.com



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