Central Ohio’s fall harvest will occasion not one but two celebrations of local food this year. The first will be the Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Challenge, September 13-19, during which Director Robert Boggs challenges residents to “plan and prepare one meal every day using fresh, nutritious foods that are made, grown, or raised here in our state.” Events include a cooking demo at the Pearl Market on Tuesday featuring local chefs; if the rumors are true, the chef at the demo will be someone at the “Tip Top” of his profession….
The second week will be Local Matters’ Local Food Week, October 3-9, which kicks off on the 3rd with the Market to Market Ride, a bicycle ride from the North Market to Hills Market along the Olentangy River. Breakfast will be available at either market. (And for those who want a full day of local-food goodness, the 3rd is also the date of our annual Locavore Dinner in Johnstown, complete with overnight camping—so once you’ve fueled up at Hills, you could just keep going….)