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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Emporia Celebrates Food Day

by Regina Murphy
Monday, farmers and foodies will celebrate “Food Day” with demonstrations, soup and plenty of educational, helpful information. Food Day is a national campaign by the Center for Science in the Public Interest that seeks to bring Americans together to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.
701 Commercial St. will be the site as area experts promote healthy, local eating. This location will also be where the bi-monthly winter farmers markets will be held starting November 5.
“We are very excited about Food Day,” said Tracy Simmons, Emporia Farmers Market Manager. “It’s a national event. We will have cooking and gardening demonstrations, delicious homemade soups for lunch provided by the Emporia Farmers Market and lots of information about how you can grow your own food, cook your own meals and live a rich, healthy life.”
There will be demonstrations from Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners, Extension staff and experts in seasonal eating.
“We’ve tried to get a variety of activities on local foods and growing your own food,” Simmons said. “People can see some options for buying meat locally, for working with (Community Supported Agriculture) and buying things even when the market is not open.”