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Buy Local, Buy Fresh

Local and fresh are current buzzwords that connote quality and healthfulness, plus a boost to the local economy.

This fresh produce comes from the Osceola Organic Farm in Vero Beach.

This fresh produce comes from the Osceola Organic Farm in Vero Beach.

Local and fresh are current buzzwords that connote quality and healthfulness, plus a boost to the local economy. Today, a growing number of Indian River County residents are eating fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry and seafood grown right here. They are shopping at local farmers’ markets and preparing the seasonal produce themselves. And they are enjoying the freshest ingredients in Vero Beach’s finest restaurants and clubs because local chefs are demanding fresh, local – and in some cases organic – agricultural products for an equally demanding clientele.

Michael Landers, executive chef of the Moorings Club, is passionate about promoting local farmers. Last year he organized two Farmer-Chef Summits to help local farmers build relationships with their core constituents. Along with local farmers Kevin O’Dare and Linda Hart and Indian River County extension agent Christine Kelly-Begazo, they staged the first event at the Moorings Club in the spring and the second at O’Dare’s Osceola Organic Farm in the fall.

Read the entire article in the January 2010 issue