ASTORIA — The North Coast Food Web is hosting two events in January at the organization’s Kitchen (577 18th St.).
From 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 9, local food producers and area chefs will come together for the annual Farmer-Chef Connection sponsored by the Food Web.
More and more, area restaurants are working to feature locally produced products on their menus. With new farms springing up each year, food producers are looking to expand their markets. Each winter, just as farmers are getting ready to plant, the Food Web invites both groups to come together to find out what chefs would like to buy and introduce them to what is available right here at home.
“Farmers, ranchers, fishermen, cheese makers, all kinds of food producers can make connections with chefs, bakers or other food company buyers,” Food Web Executive Director Jessika Tantisook said. “Essentially, we provide a space for that to happen and then get out of the way.”
This event is free and open to all North Coast producers and purchasers. Light snacks will be provided by the Food Web.
Meet Your Farmer
From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, the Food Webb will hold the annual Meet Your Farmer event.
The aim is to connect local farmers with individuals and families on the North Coast that are interested in joining annual community supported agriculture (CSA) programs or learning about other food offerings from local purveyors.
Though CSAs can be structured in many ways, one common form is a weekly box of produce available for pick-up or delivery, usually paid for at the beginning of a growing season. Farms on the North Coast have a variety of CSA styles and payment options.
“Buying locally grown food is a big part of a healthy North Coast community and economy,” Tantisook said. “We want to create opportunities for folks to meet farmers, ask them questions about the food that’s available here and ultimately support their efforts.”
This event is free and open to the public. North Coast Food Web asks that farmers email to reserve a table. Light snacks will be provided.