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NC Cooperative Extension Announces Chef and Farmer Summit

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Originally Posted on February 3, 2014 by Forsyth County Center
by Chris Jeffcoat

A Chef and Farmer Summit will be held on February 24, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office in conjunction with the Piedmont Grown Conference. The summit will have a chef and farmer panel discussion around growing, selling, and serving local foods in restaurants.

The objective of the summit is to provide a space for farmers and chefs to have a dialogue about their needs related to growing and using local foods and to develop relationships in order to expand the capacity for local foods in Stokes and Forsyth counties.

Chefs will discuss what types of foods they are looking for, typical ordering and payment procedures, delivery requirements and timing, packaging and quality control needs, typical quantity purchased, and types of meat cuts used. The farmer panel will discuss issues related to seasonal production and availability of product, weather challenges, harvest schedules, and other production issues related to selling to restaurants. Other topics for possible discussion include putting the whole animal on the menu and the value in certification (Organic, Naturally-Grown, Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Grain-Fed).

Please RSVP to Kitrinka Gordon at 336-703-2863 or gordonkl@forsyth.cc no later than February 21st. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Jeffcoat, Area Extension Agent, at 336-528-0210.

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