Giving some local love to support good, clean and fair food

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Good, Fair and Clean -- this is what Slow Food in the Tetons wants you to eat. The organization, which is now 10 years old, is a branch of an international movement that promotes a local, original and sustainable food economy. According to Director of Operations Scott Steen, the Slow Food Movement began in Italy in the 80s as a reaction to a McDonalds opening up shop at the Spanish Stairs in Rome. Since, it has grown and now many cities in the U.S. have a local movement. The goal of the Slow Food Movement is simple -- support producers and connect them to consumers to provide good, clean and fair food. This means that the food is fresh, tasty, seasonal, grown in an organic manner, and that the farms support fair labor standards. In Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, Slow Food in the Tetons is behind many local community events that connect local farmers and ranchers directly to the people. One of those main programs is the People's Market, which will kick off June 15 at Snow King Mountain. Slow Food in the Tetons has also developed a Youth Culinary Project, which educates kids on farm to table food. They are also working on a Teton Slow Food Guide to educate people on the local food sources. Beyond their main programs, the organization is involved in many local events like the Jackson Hole EcoFair, the Teton Food Tour and many others. [image: Inline image 1] Slow Food in the Tetons also helps foster relationships between local food producers and retailers. For the Local Love Celebration happening today from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Jackson Whole Grocer, they helped facilitate the relationship between the store and Lockhart Cattle Co. to serve local meat. "It was really fun to help facilitate that connection with the rancher a mile down the road," said Steen. So why is this movement important for Jackson Hole and Teton Valley? "I think a sustainable food movement is a Swiss Army Knife of sustainability solutions, because if most of the food we consumed in Jackson came from a 300 mile area, we would be cutting down on greenhouse gasses, less traffic on the road, less packaging and less waste," said Steen. "Environmentally, it is a better situation," he added. "It helps create meaningful jobs in Jackson and all these events build community." [image: Inline image 2] The Local Love Celebration is happening today from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Jackson Whole Grocer. Jackson Whole Grocer is grilling a $7 lunch consisting of a Lockhart Cattle Co. burger, Jackson’s Honest Coconut Oil Potato Chips and American Summits Spring Water – all local and regional companies with sustainable practices – with 100 percent proceeds going to Slow Food in the Tetons. "I think it will be a fun community party and a way to give a little to our organization," Steen added. *Feature Photo: h/t Slow Food in the Tetons / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening