By Kate Dolkas
Excitement was in the air at the COMP-Northwest campus on the afternoon of October 24, 2012 as people gathered to celebrate local foods. The event featured local farmers and organizations sharing their produce, nutrition advice, recipes, gardening tips or fun, interactive food activities. Guests meandered through the eye-catching and informative displays as pockets of air seasoned with the aromas of simmering squash soup, freshly sliced apples, or bubbling bison chili circulated throughout the room. Most certainly, this was the event to attend with an appetite!
October 24 is national Food Day, and on this windy Wednesday, Lebanon joined communities across the country in acknowledgment. Food Day acknowledges and promotes the local food movement that is occurring nationwide, recognizing the importance of supporting and celebrating small family farms, the need for equitable access to nutritious fresh foods, and the importance of implementing sustainable agricultural practices.
Ten Rivers Food Web, along with Lebanon Samaritan Community Hospital and COMP-Northwest, invited producers and organizations to this event who together provided a well-rounded representation our local food system. To offer nutrition and health advice, and to speak to the importance of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, Dr. Kyle Homertgen from the Albany Heartspring Wellness Center was present, along with the Lebanon Samaritan Community Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Clinic, and COMP-Northwest student clubs (Pediatrics Interest Group, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellows and Emergency Medicine Club). Cooking demonstrations from the OSU Extension Service’s Master Food Preservers and Master Gardeners featured tastings of recipes using locally grown produce. Other popular tastings included apples slices from Fairweather Farm, blueberry cakes from Berkey’s Blueberries, bison chili from Rain Shadow El Rancho, apple cider from Oregon Country Farm, chestnut treats from Sweet Home Chestnut Farm, baked delights from Kris’ Kitchen, slices of Mexican cheeses from Don Froylan Cheese, quince paste from Linda Ziedrich, and nips of blueberry and kale smoothies from Planting Seeds of Change. Also in attendance to share their products and give demonstrations were The Mushroomery, Sunflower Hill Farm, Open Oak Farm, Greenwillow Grains, Harcombe Farm, the Girls Scouts, Lebanon Gleaners, and the Lebanon Community Garden.
Thanks to all for attending this event and for supporting your vibrant local food system.
To learn more about the national Food Day effort, go to www.foodday.org
For questions about Lebanon’s Food Day event, email firstname.lastname@example.org