Explore local sourced food options at Fresh! Natchitoches

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Fresh! Natchitoches will be held Thursday, June 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Events Center. This celebration of Central Louisiana foods and food producers will include a variety of events, workshops and discussions. This event is free and open to the public.

“The idea behind Fresh is to showcase all of the great local food activities that are already occurring in Natchitoches, while demonstrating how easy it is to get involved in the movement for the future,” said Samantha Bonnette, Market Manager of the Cane River Green Market.

There will be “How To Workshops” on beekeeping and backyard chickens. Local food leaders will participate in a question and answer panel titled “What’s Going On In The Region.” A talk on growing communities with school greenhouses will be led by Rory Gresham from Rayville High School’s Greenhouse project. Fresh! Will break for lunch where select restaurants will serve locally sourced items.Afternoon events will feature local food and farm activities at various locations in the area including the Smith Family Farms, Ed Lester Farms, Gray-Walk FarmsPavie Street Garden and the Flowing Hills Creamery.

“We’ve worked hard to increase local food awareness in our region, and we’ve seen positive changes,” said Carol Chin, local food leader and member of Eat Local Natchitoches. “However there is always more work to be done. Fresh! Natchitoches will help move our community’s local food efforts forward.”

Participants can attend any workshops or activities they want. The event and activities are for anyone interested in supporting the local foods movement.A complete agenda and addresses of farms are available at freshcentral.org or at canerivergreenmarket.com.Registration is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.

To register visit freshcentral.org or call (318) 441-3408.