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Tamara McNaughton is Agricultural Program Manager for Appalachian Sustainable Development

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 11:15 pm | Updated: 11:17 pm, Sun Mar 30, 2014.

Local Food Guides are hot off the press. These Local Food Guides are like a phone book for all things local food. Look for them in area restaurants, farmers markets, and other businesses. The Guide is fun to read through and a great way to connect with and learn about the parts of pieces of our local food system throughout southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee.

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) first printed a local food guide in 2005 with help from VA Cooperative Extension. When ASD created the Appalachian Farmers Market Association (AFMA) in 2008, the guide grew. The intention of the Local Food Guide is to encourage a more resilient food economy by bridging the food distribution gap. The Guide highlights farmers and food entrepreneurs who are locally producing high quality food and other farm products and selling directly to consumers. Consumers can then find and support these farmers and small business people in their communities. Buying and selling locally keeps our dollars recirculating within the community and makes us stronger. You also have the opportunity to know your farmer and know your food. You can carry the booklet with you as you seek the freshest, most local meal. This Guide is also available online at: www.rootedinappalchia.com and www.appfma.org

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