The Buy Local Challenge – AAMC’s events and tastings start July 25

The Buy Local Challenge – AAMC’s events and tastings start July 25

For the fourth year, AAMC has accepted the Buy Local Challenge: to serve at least one locally grown item per day during the week of July 25-29. Here at AAMC we define “local” as within a 150-mille radius from farm to our campus.

Did you know that local fresh picked crops have a higher nutritional value? Studies have shown that the nutritional quality of produce is optimal immediately after harvest.

Did you know that produce in the U.S. travels an average of 1,494 miles from farm to store? Buying local produce cuts that down by 27%—to only 56 miles—greatly reducing oil consumption and carbon emissions.

Did you know that buying local helps improve the health of our surrounding communities? It builds a stronger local economy by putting money back into our farms.

Accepting the Buy Local Challenge is a win-win for everyone! Scheduled events throughout the week include:

Monday, July 25
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Outside the Garden Café
Shop the Farmer’s Market (now with badge swipe!). The first 50 people to arrive will receive an AAHS reusable tote bag! 
  
Wednesday, July 27
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garden Café
Visit gazpacho sampling and recipe stations. Sign up to take the Buy Local Challenge and enter to win an autographed cookbook, “The Grass-fed Gourmet Fires It Up!” by Rita Calvert and Michael Heller  
  
Thursday, July 28
1 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Southport Eatery
Visit gazpacho sampling and recipe stations. Sign up to take the Buy Local challenge and enter to win an autographed cookbook, “The Grass-fed Gourmet Fires It Up!” by Rita Calvert and Michael Heller 
 
Friday, July 29
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Garden Cafe
Book signing by Rita Calvert, local chef and author of “The Grass-fed Gourmet Fires It Up!”  At 12 p.m., Rita will present a sustainable food demonstration.

Are you up for the challenge?  Take the Buy Local Challenge—eat at least one locally grown item per day during the week of July 23- 31. What local produce will you be serving?

-Charlotte Wallace, RN

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