Created to build a vibrant local food culture by deepening the connections between local farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers; Rooted in Appalachia Roadshows have traveled to 16 farmers markets across the region this summer. For a complete list of events, visit: Rooted in Appalachia Roadshows are free and open to the public and will feature: cooking demonstrations, tastings, give aways, music and more.

Rooted in Appalachia is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), a local non-profit. Lindsey Keen, ASD’s Farmers Market Promotion Coordinator will be on-site at each event and explains, “There are a number of ways people can support Rooted in Appalachia’s message – ‘Grown and Served Locally’.  Folks can make a good faith effort to purchase locally grown foods year-round; They can grow their own food; Ask “what’s local” when shopping; Support local farmers and farmers markets; Participate in efforts to promote local foods; and Choose local beers and/or wines. Buying local is always smart. A dollar spent locally multiplies its value each time it’s spent in the local economy.”

If you didn’t catch the Rooted in Appalachia Roadshow this summer, they will be on the road again starting in May 2017!  Check out some of the fun they had this year:

RiA roadshow pics