November 28, 2012
Food can be one of the most memorable experiences at a wedding for guests. They either have very fond memories of the food or it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. Couples work very hard to select just the right menu that suits their needs as well as their guests’. A menu can reflect the style of the wedding or the couple’s tastes. One of the most important pieces of creating a memorable menu is to take a look at the ingredients.

Consider creating a menu that includes foods that are locally grown and sourced. Talk with your venue or caterer about how you can develop a variety of foods that incorporate fresh, local produce. Incorporating even a few locally sourced ingredients into your menu provides wonderful benefits that will make your wedding stand out from the rest.

Three strong reasons to think local in terms of food include:
  1. Better Taste – Locally grown and sourced produce is fresher, resulting in better tasting food. Food grown at large, distant corporate farms take longer to make it to your table which means it loses its flavor.
  2. Supports Local Economy – Selecting produce, meat, and dairy products that your caterer or venue can purchase close to home supports the local economy and the community.
  3. Gentler on the Environment – According to LocalHarvest.org, fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1500 miles! Using locally sourced foods reduce the carbon footprint and in addition, many local farmers use less pesticides and, in some cases, no pesticides.
When your wedding menu is composed of locally grown and sourced fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy, you can feel good about providing your guests with a premium food experience. You can also feel really good about supporting local economy as well as the environment, taking the benefits beyond your wedding day. Bon Appetit!

                   Liz Cotter   802.282.9880   info.riversidefarm@gmail.com  riversidefarmweddings.com