Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Roots of Our Labor

I'm barely getting any cooking done these days -- at least in the kitchen. But I'm definitely collaborating with a great group for cooking up ideas for Local Roots.

As I mentioned last week, we had our community information meeting about Local Roots Monday night at the library. Others in the group were doubtful we'd get a big turnout, but I predicted we'd have a full house, and guess what? The response was overwhelming. The total number of attendees ranged from 75 (during the Q&A at the end) to 90-100 by some accounts early on. Though most of the attendees were potential consumer members, we had a handful of new-to-us farmers and other producers who expressed interest in their role in the market.

Other exciting things have been going on behind the scenes:

--We had an interior designer walk through the building and offer suggestions for how to arrange our operations in a way that would give a small-scale view later this summer of how we hope to expand next year. This has helped us clarify our plans for phasing the development of the market, so we're a step closer to finalizing the deal with the county commissioners.

--If you haven't visited the web site lately, our new look is up! Many pieces still have to be filled in, but this is much closer to the overall picture we hope to have in our online presence, with clear navigation and plenty of information.

--The word is getting out! I talked with enthusiastic reporters from both Farm and Dairy and the Wooster Voice (the college paper) who wrote up great articles, and we had a local-foods enthusiast and freelance reporter from the Wooster Weekly News attend the meeting and write an article promoting our work. (Unfortunately, that paper isn't available online.)

--I've posted a progress report over at The Ethicurean with more details about our work to date and our plans for next steps.

--And our steering committee is going to pause briefly from work this weekend in order to enjoy some good local food and a little social time together!

Pinch me, somebody -- it's really happening!

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At 5/08/2009 8:11 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

Jennifer, the new website is BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm so excited for you and your community. What a wonderful project.

At 5/08/2009 8:46 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Kelly, the thanks are entirely due to our fabulous graphic designer Jen Hugon -- I will pass on your compliments to her!

We are all very excited... :-)

And everyone, take a look at the work Kelly's been doing with the new Haymaker Market in Kent -- she's got a beautiful web site up, too!

At 5/09/2009 8:30 PM, Blogger foodperson said...

I'm so impressed by this whole project it makes me want to do something here. My hat is off to you and your group!

At 5/11/2009 6:48 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Thanks, Janet! Hope you can find something in your area that will call to your amazing talents, too! :-)

At 5/11/2009 8:32 AM, Blogger Tara said...

I'm so glad everything is coming together for you all, I know you've been working hard! Congratulations on your successful launch!

At 5/11/2009 8:37 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Thanks, Tara! You'll come and visit when we're open, right?


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