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Experience Farm to Table During Eat Local Week

Mark your calendars for Sarasota’s Eat Local Week starting every October with fun & informative tours, tastings and other activities that highlight the cycle of our food system

October 4, 2019

It's not every day you find an event highlighting local food, farms and a community’s efforts to curb food waste, but that’s just what’s happening in the Sarasota County area. 

What’s it all about?

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Transition Sarasota’s mission is to “create food and economic security by supporting local, sustainable sources.” One of its signature events is Eat Local Week. October 17, 2019 kicks off the 9th annual celebration with the theme “Exploring Food Waste.” Some of the scheduled experiences include opportunities to learn who’s growing food, how we can use more of the food we buy, what happens when food goes in the trash, and what we can do to reduce food waste. 

Talking about trash isn’t glamorous, but folks at Transition Sarasota would like us to embrace the concept that reducing food waste can be fun!

Rebecca Brey, Executive Director of Transition Sarasota, hopes the event will provide new perspectives, helpful tools and calls to action. 

“Eat Local Week celebrates a community filled with neighbors that are passionate about sustainable food, and it showcases the important work being done here,” says Brey.  “We want attendees to walk away inspired about how they can curb food waste, and to recognize that small changes can make a big difference in our communities, our landfills and our planet.”

Event Highlights

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Tracie Troxler, Executive Director of Sunshine Community Compost will be the keynote speaker October 17.  Tracie is passionate about composting and will share her vision for our community, successes in neighborhood groups, and things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

The movie “Wasted” is an eye-opening opportunity to see the impact of food waste on landfills and our planet, but also, to learn what we can do to stem that tide.  Afterwards, a panel of experts will answer questions.

The popular ‘Zero Waste’ dinner at Ortygia Restaurant returns with another tasty menu planned, so be sure to register early!

The Newtown Farmer’s Market will once again host Big Mama’s Collard Greens Fest — a tasty way to enjoy collards prepared by professional chefs and home cooks.

The farm-to-table fundraising dinner at Green Path Veteran’s Farm supports Operation Eco Vets - a great way to see what’s growing at the farm while supporting an amazing cause.

Fun, hands-on tours are returning at Siesta Key Rum, Florida Native Plant Nursery, and Mote Aquaculture Research Park.

New in 2019

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Learn how to preserve fruits and veggies by taking a “Canning 101” class at Sunshine Canning.

Go on a guided walk to learn how to identify medicinal and/or edible plants.

Take a tour of Waste Pro to see how commingled material is sorted; walk through All Faiths Food Bank to learn how they partner with the Suncoast Gleaning project (among others) and distribute more than 10 million pounds of food to our community each year; or tour a community/neighborhood compost center.

Stop by Lucky’s Market to check out a local vendor fair, with tastings and tips on recycling and re-purposing food.

And finally, make sure you view the full calendar of events and details right now on the Transition Sarasota website!  Many require advance registration, others are drop-in, but it’s imperitive to start planning now!


Nicole Coudal is a home chef and food writer based in southwest Florida, where she fishes and cooks using local ingredients. When not on the water, she visits farms, farmer’s markets, and other food venues to highlight what’s in-season and to create tasty recipes for her blog. Nicole is a regular contributor to Visit Sarasota and Edible Sarasota, as well as, a frequent guest on ABC 7’s Suncoast View.  Read more at www.MyDeliciousBlog.com.