Good Earth Guide Moves Local Food from Field to Fork

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2010

Contact: Renee Hunt, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, renee@oeffa.org

Good Earth Guide Moves Local Food from Field to Fork

Directory lists more than 300 farms in Ohio and surrounding states

Columbus, OH – Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables, ripe off-the vine berries, and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor.  The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms and Gardens by the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), can help bring these delicious tastes of summer to any kitchen.

The Good Earth Guide includes information on more than 300 farms and businesses that sell directly to the public. It includes sources for locally grown vegetables; fruits; herbs; honey; maple syrup; dairy products; grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb; free-range chicken and eggs; flour and grains; cut flowers; bedding plants; hay and straw; seed and feed, and other local farm products.

“Since we started publishing the Good Earth Guide in 1990, it’s grown from a list of a dozen or so farms to more than 310, reflecting the tremendous growth in demand for locally-sourced and sustainably-produced foods,” said OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland.

The Good Earth Guide aids consumers interested in buying wholesome, local, ecologically-produced food, and helps ensure the future of Ohio’s farmers by helping to increase public awareness of the food being grown in their community.

“You can find just about anything you’d want being made right here in Ohio. By offering this guide, we hope to help Ohioans make the connections they need to find quality local foods, and to help ensure the future of a vibrant sustainable food system,” said Goland.

Each farm listing includes name and contact information, products sold, a farm description, whether the farm is certified organic, and where their products are sold. Both the print and online versions include tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product, farm, or farmer, by county, or by sales method.

“The Good Earth Guide helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in-season. Eating locally allows consumers to get to know who raises the food they eat, and to find out how it was produced.  It keeps produce from traveling far distances, allowing it to be picked and sold ripe and full of flavor and nutrition.  Buying locally and directly from the farmer also helps keep our “food dollars” in the local economy, which in turn helps to preserve Ohio’s vanishing small farm families, farmland, and traditions,” concluded Goland.

The Good Earth Guide is available free to the public in an easy to use online searchable database at http://www.oeffa.org/search-geg.php.

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The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.

For more information about OEFFA or the Good Earth Guide, go to www.oeffa.org or contact Renee Hunt at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205 or renee@oeffa.org.