Incorporate local or sustainable food into menus
• Check with your buying cooperative (if you belong to one) as they may have items on the approved purchasing bid that are being sourced locally. The United Purchasing Cooperative of Ohio River Valley has many locally grown items on their approved buying guide.
• The Local Food Connection team at Creation Gardens/WCW does local sourcing on a variety of items with large delivery routes and some processing options.
• Sourcing directly from farmers is the way to put the most money in the farmer's pocket and can be a great educational piece. If doing this, focus on items that grow well and in abundance in our area. Apples, Sweet Potatoes, and Winter Squash are great jumping points.