Monday, April 26, 2010

Grand Opening at Local Roots Market and Cafe

If you haven't heard the news yet, here's an event to add to your calendars:

One year after its initial public meeting, the Wooster Local Foods Cooperative, Inc., is pleased to announce the Grand Opening celebration at Local Roots Market on Saturday, May 15 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

From an empty county-owned building and a big dream for a year-round local foods market, the cooperative has moved swiftly over the past year to open, staff, and stock Local Roots with a wide variety of local agricultural products from nearly 100 producer members. "We'd like to thank everyone in the community who helped make this possible," notes market manager Jessica Eikleberry, citing a broad base of community support from the Wayne County Commissioners, who approved the use of the building, to local businesses such as Buehler's and Friendtique (who provided display units) and the many volunteers who helped to renovate the store space and continue to operate the store on market days.

"This is a celebration not just of spring and of the market, but of what this community can do together," enthuses Eikleberry, stressing the market's missions of supporting local agriculture and the local economy. The Grand Opening will include music, tastings of new and favorite items from Local Roots producers, a demonstration on how to create an herb pot for home, cooking demonstrations featuring items found in the market, arts and crafts items from cooperative members, and much more. Producer members have been invited to be on hand to share their goods or to talk about their farms and businesses.

The market is currently open on Fridays from noon to 7 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM, but Eikleberry expects to see expanded hours shortly after the Grand Opening. Products are arranged by broad categories such as produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and other items, and within those areas by producer so that shoppers can maintain the connection to the people who grew, raised, or made the food. Everyone is welcome to shop in the market, though the online order system is available to Local Roots members only.

Local Roots will continue its missions of education and community involvement throughout the year, working with other people and organizations in the community. For information on upcoming events or membership, visit the web site at http://www.localrootswooster.com or sign up for the monthly newsletter.

Things are really popping at the market now that spring produce is flowing in and more people are visiting the market both on Fridays and Saturdays. It's definitely time to celebrate how far we've come in a relatively short time!

I'd like to extend an invitation especially to my fellow local-foods bloggers to come and share in the excitement. If you haven't been to Local Roots yet, you're missing out on the fun and enthusiastic community support for a great idea... not to mention a lot of great food!

I'm planning to do a cooking demonstration after lunch for the Grand Opening, featuring my own whole wheat pita breads, some excellent local cheeses, and fresh seasonal produce. If you make it to the Grand Opening, stop by and say hello!

And bring a friend -- or ten!

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