So, who came before today’s “locavore” movement? Why, the pioneers, of course.
And the local food industry is set to recognize those who came first in the world of local and organic foods in Lawrence at the first “Recognition Ceremony for Kaw Valley Pioneers of Local and Organic Foods” at 7 p.m. June 24 at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
“This is the first time that we’ve recognized the pioneers of local and organic foods in this region. The pioneer recognition ceremony we hope to carry on every year ... and see where we can really take it,” says Hilary Brown, owner of Local Burger. “This is how we wanted to get started: Just to recognize the people who are doing the hard work and not necessarily ... recognized for all the work they have done for sustainable agriculture in the last 20, 30 years.”
The event is $5 and includes a taste of local foods provided by Local Burger, 714 Vt., and The Community Mercantile, 901 S. Iowa, as well as music and a presentation by food economist Ken Meter.
Tickets are for sale in advance at Local Burger and The Merc.