Take the “Buy Local Challenge”

Take the “Buy Local Challenge”








For the third year, AAMC has accepted the Buy Local Challenge—we will serve at least one locally grown item per day during the week of July 17- 24. Here at AAMC, we define “local” as within a 150-mile radius from farm to our campus.  Accepting the Buy Local Challenge is a win-win for everyone!  

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 to about 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.

Events throughout the week:

  • Stop by the cafeteria to sample the daily dish made with local produce. While you’re there, grab a copy of the recipe so you enjoy it at home. (July 19-23)
  • Shop at the Farmer’s Market in front of the Sajak Pavilion. (Monday and Fridays from 2:00- 6:00 p.m.)
  • Join Craig Sewell, chef and owner of A Cook’s Café, for a sustainable food demonstration. (Tues., July 20 from 12:45 – 1:00 p.m. in the main cafeteria)
  • Locally grown food will be served on patient trays, depending on the patient’s diet.
  • Activity worksheets will be provided for pediatric patients and children visiting siblings on the Mother-Baby unit.

Click here for tips on eating locally, including recipes and sample menus. 

Are you up for the Buy Local Challenge? Make it a goal to eat at least one locally grown item per day during the week of July 17-24.

-Charlotte Wallace, RN

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