The Door County Buy Local Agriculture sub-committee is holding a Local Food Mixer event on Wednesday, April 27, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Draft Haus (formerly The Reef) at 901 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay.
The purpose of the event is to help connect producers, consumers, retailers and restaurateurs interested in locally produced agricultural products. A short program will feature comments from a local grower, a local restaurateur and a local retailer on the advantages and obstacles to selling and using local foods, designed to stimulate discussion of the issues facing local producers and consumers. Following the program, the attendees will have opportunities to network and exchange information about their local businesses.
The Buy Local Initiative will begin by encouraging networking opportunities between local businesses. A second priority will be educating the public about the economic value of keeping as many dollars as possible in Door County along with efforts to share information about what services and products are available through Door County enterprises. A third focus will be to encourage non-profit, civic organizations and governmental bodies to do as much business as practical with Door County firms.
Representatives of local agriculture producers, chefs, restaurateurs, institutional users, consumers and supporters of sustainable, local agriculture are invited to attend. Attendees are asked to bring business cards and information about their farms and businesses. A set of tables will be used to display this promotional literature and information about Door County Buy Local and its members.
Refreshments and appetizers will be served, along with a cash bar. A $5 donation is requested to defray costs. For more information, to join Door County Buy Local or view an upcoming event schedule for the rest of the year, go to: www.doorcountybuylocal.com.
The Door County Buy Local program is a grass-roots economic development initiative that seeks to strengthen local businesses, increase employment opportunities and educate the public about the importance of buying locally whenever possible.
The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.