Buy Fresh Buy Local programs exist across the country to identify and promote locally grown foods. It was a movement that began in 2002 to work on rebuilding local food systems and promote sustainable agriculture; chapters across the country popped up as communities realized how important it was to community sustainability and healthy local economies to maintain and support their local farms. The Cape Cod Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod was founded in 2008 as part of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, an educational division of Barnstable County government.
For us at Love Live Local collaborating with Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod has always felt like a no brainer: they want to connect people on the Cape with locally grown farm and sea products and we want to connect people on the Cape with local business which, of course, includes local farmers, fisherman and food product makers.
This is why we continually host food tasting, pop up and educational events with them for local farmers and producers in order to celebrate Cape Cod’s local food scene and show that the region’s bounty can be consumed and enjoyed year-round.
Our first event of 2020 is a Winter Harvest Tasting at The West End in Hyannis on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7pm, and it will feature small bites designed to excite the palate while showcasing exceptional, locally grown products as well as the farmers that provided the food. Joseph Ellia, The West End’s new Executive Chef, says “it’s rewarding to be involved in an event that celebrates delicious, fresh, locally grown food. We’re excited to team up with local farms to create seasonally inspired dishes.” Local beer, wine and specialty farm-to-glass cocktails and mocktails will also be available for purchase.
Participating community farms and artisanal businesses include: Chatham Bars Inn Farm, Chequessett Chocolate, E&T Farms, Fluffy Butt Farm, Nobska Farms, P.J. Cranberries, Peterson Shepherds, Seawind Meadows, Wellfleet Chick Koop.