SARASOTA, FLORIDA – The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market (CSFM) is celebrating Eat Local Week with a special program on Saturday, October 25.
A spin-off of the “Talking with Your Mouth Full” educational audio series, the program starts at 10:15 a.m. with a presentation and discussion led by CSFM co-founder Todd Underhill about the definition of local food and organic food and what to look for as a consumer.
Afterward, Ira Klineschmidt will speak on how to keep urban chickens and bees while keeping your neighbors happy.
Eat Local Week, which will be observed Friday, October 24 through Thursday, October 30, 2014, kicks off the growing season by celebrating the best of local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Underhill is an eighth generation Floridian who was raised on a cattle ranch. He serves as an elected official on the Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District and is a past president of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts. He has served on advisory committees for the National Association of Conservation Districts and on a special committee advising the Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) regarding conservation delivery. Underhill is currently serving as the chair of the Sarasota Agricultural Council, an organization he helped organize. He is also a member of the Sarasota County Farm Bureau and serves on its board of directors.
Klineschmidt grew up on a dairy farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He is the owner and operator of Urban Chicken Tractors, which custom-builds mobile backyard chicken coups.
For more information about Eat Local Week, please visit www.transitionsrq.org/food/week.
The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233. The farmer’s market features locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, food vendors, live entertainment, local artists, artisans and service providers – in a convenient, pet-friendly location with plenty of parking and indoor restrooms.
For more information about CSFM, please contact Christopher Austin at (941) 677-0078 or marketinfo@CentralSarasotaFarmersMarket.com. Website: www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com.