We had the opportunity to attend the LocalFest 2015 in Lander, Wyoming last weekend an event celebrating Wyoming- grown food. This conference like event was chock-full of great workshops and information for up and coming producers as well as those already established. This is the 5th year for this event and it is a shame more people are not aware of this invaluable event, especially those interested in the local food movement. It was well worth the time, the drive and the money. We went for several reasons, one being the preparation of our own greenhouse adventure, and it did not disappoint!
On Friday the Gala featured a dinner prepared with locally grown produce and meat. I thought it was a fabulous dinner despite the under cooked potatoes and carrots!
Our young Representative Tyler Lindholm House District 1
received the Food Freedom Award. He received the Food Freedom Award for sponsoring the Food Freedom Bill which was signed into law on March 3, 2015. I use the adjective young in describing him because his age connects with those who want to change the world but his wisdom and knowledge enables him to reach out to those who are older and more set in their ways. He truly deserved this award for his hard work and perseverence to sponsor and pass such a game changing and restriction breaking piece of legislation as a freshman representative.
Seven other states are preparing to run their own Food Freedom Bills this upcoming legislative season.
The Food Freedom Act changes lives in more ways than can be measured! This piece of legislation enables raw milk producers to now do business in the open instead of on the black market which we all knew was taking place. The powers that be will only comment that they will back the research but won't endorse raw milk. What research I ask? Thankfully here in Wyoming liberty and freedom to choose has trumped the bureaucracy for the time being. We have to preserve that freedom!
I visited with a young gal there in Lander at the Farmers Market who sells her bread bowls and various other homemade bread products along with Kombucha that she makes in her own kitchen. Her small business is called Mama Bakes Bread. She is able to contribute to her family financially and stay home with her two small children because the Food Freedom Act allows her that opportunity now! I had to sell Tupperware, bread baking is much more memorable!
Before all you regulation freaks get your panties in a knot-you eat these same products at church socials or potlucks without inspection- what's the difference?
The Act reads producer to consumer so go check out the producers kitchen or facility and decide if you want to puchase their product. Personal responsibility, it's that simple! Be informed about what you are putting in your mouth. I am overjoyed to see more homemade products becoming accessible and more readily available as the word spreads!
I hope to get the word out across our great state and beyond to encourage other communities to put on their own LocalFest! Check out their event at localfest.org and help change the way we live, eat and buy our food.