SOURCE: Author Jasia Steinmetz, R.D.

Author Jasia Steinmetz, R.D.

September 14, 2011 12:44 ET

Food and Nutrition Authority Available to Discuss Explosive Growth and Implications of Locally-Grown 'Farm Fresh' Food Trends Among American Consumers, Restaurateurs and Grocers

Food and Nutrition Expert, Author Jasia Steinmetz, R.D. Available for Comment and Byline Editorials on America's Burgeoning 'Local Food' Movement Among Consumers and Businesses Alike, Including the Notable Economic and Health Benefits of Eating Locally Sourced 'Real' Foods; and the Staggering Increase of Farmers' Markets, Organic Food Purchases, Pick-Your-Own Farms, City-Based Buyer's Clubs, 'Slow Food' Groups, and Other Community-Supported Agriculture This Past Year

AUBURN, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 14, 2011) - Consumers, grocers and restaurateurs at all levels of our nation's culinary food chain are heading to farmers' markets, pick-your-own and organic food farms, and otherwise utilizing community supported agriculture resources in droves. This as awareness escalates that high value, locally farmed food is good for our health, communities, local farmers and farmland; is economical (often less expensive than the grocery store), convenient, and fun to source; and that it tastes great. For these reasons and more, championing the local food movement is University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point food and nutrition professor and registered dietitian Jasia Steinmetz, author the newly released title "Eat Local: Simples Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food" -- a simple, step-by-step roadmap for improving diet and nutrition with local, sustainable and organic food choices (www.EatLocalSimpleSteps.com).

Just last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed a whopping 17% annual growth for the U.S. farmers' market trade, alone, with its 2011 report citing, "more farmers are marketing their products directly to consumers than ever before." Findings also reveal that several states have experienced rapid farmers' market growth since 2010, with some states realizing a staggering 46% growth rate in one-year alone. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan underscores the implications and significance of this increase, noting, "The remarkable growth in farmers markets is an excellent indicator of the staying power of local and regional foods. These outlets provide economic benefits for producers to grow their businesses and also to communities by providing increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other foods. In short, they are a critical ingredient in our nation's food system."

With the extraordinary amount of interest in locally farmed food comes an inevitable array of questions and even concerns amid a marketplace hungry for information and insight. Among other tasty tidbits, Steinmetz is available for interview and editorials on an array of timely and compelling "local food" topics also synergistic with her book and otherwise, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Economics: budget savvy local food shopping tips that save money
  • Convenience: How purchasing local foods can be far more convenient than you think
  • Children's Health: How locally grown foods can be integral in the fight against childhood obesity, while also better promoting family traditions
  • 10 ways local foods promote health and wellness
  • Key benefits of local foods -- health, economic, environmental, and otherwise
  • Myth-busting -- debunking concerns and challenges regarding sourcing, procuring and preparing local foods
  • Step-by-step guidelines for finding and using local foods
  • Seasonal local food eating strategies
  • Local food cooking & preparation tips
  • Menu transformations: top tips for making holiday and other family dinners a bounty of fresh, healthy foods with local, sustainable food choices
  • The why's and how's of finding, purchasing, preserving and using local foods grown near your community
  • Ways to change and improve our "runaway food system" for future generations, such as supporting school gardens or farm-to-school programs and hunger projects, farmland protection, etc.
  • How to properly pick local produce and important questions to ask the farmer, grocer or other food purveyor

Learn more about Steinmetz, the local food movement, and her new book online at www.EatLocalSimpleSteps.com.

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