Local Food Movement Takes Root in Rossland!

By Contributor
June 11th, 2014

UPDATE: The film screening outlined in this article has been delayed due to unforseen reasons. It will be reschuled as soon as possilbe.–ed.

The local food movement is a collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies and the Farmer’s Market in Rossland is striving to create just that. With a weekly celebration of fresh, high quality, local food that focuses on building a sustainable, local economy and a sense of community, the Rossland Mountain Market (RMM) is a great contributor to the West Kootenay food system.

At a time when it is becoming clear that our current industrialized food system is failing, it is more important than ever to support our local Farmer’s Market’s. This is our weekly source for the freshest, most nutritious food that comes from as close to home as possible. The RMM sees the importance in this, and is working hard to provide the West Kootenay with the best market possible.

Thursday June 19th marks the first of a four part Festival Series introduced by the RMM this year. The ‘Go Greens’ Festival will highlight all of the greens we locally harvest in June. A great event which will provide recipes, nutritional information, kids activities, live music,  feature specials, a cookbook swap and of course, ready to eat foods chock-full of greeny-goodness! Visit the market website for more details and for vendor information.

On Sunday June 22nd the Market presents a summer solstice film celebration: “The Local Food Movement Takes Root! Who’s Your Farmer?” This evening will run from 6-9 pm and will feature delicious appetizers made from fresh, locally harvested ingredients. 

Guest speaker Andrew Bennett from Moon Gravity Farm in Rossland will discuss the local food revolution and the evening will finish with a 60 minute documentary titled ‘Ingredients’, which illustrates how people are working to revitalize the connection between communities and the food they eat.

This film celebrates the people who strive so hard to bring good food back to our communities. Market Manager Miche Warwick says, “The purpose of this event is to really motivate everyone to visit our farmer’s market every single week. Shopping at farmer’s markets is the smartest, healthiest choice we can make. You get the most nutritious food and you get to shake hands with the person who grew that food.”

The film celebration will take place at the Red Roof Church on Queen Street and tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids age 6 and up and wee ones get in free. You can purchase tickets at the market on Thursdays or at Bear Country Kitchen downtown. Call 250-362-7737 to reserve tickets. A great evening to come together with your community and celebrate nutritious food, grown right here in our backyards!

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