What type of buyer are you?
Here are some resources to help you shop local:
Follow these steps to get started:
Step 1: Define what local means to you. It might be within a certain distance, or a specific region of the state or nation.
Step 2: Start with your current menu. What are you currently purchasing? Look at each category separately. Fruits, vegetables, meats and proteins, breads and grains, dairy. Even foods that aren’t grown locally might be processed locally. Is there a local coffee roaster, or a local baker that could provide some of your menu items?
Step 3: Substitute local when in season based on your budget. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Consider substituting a percentage (ex. 10% shift). Start with a lower amount and then increase gradually. Kentucky businesses and institutions may also qualify to be reimbursed for up to 15% of all or part of the cost of eligible Kentucky Proud purchases. Visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud website to learn more.
Step 4: Get creative with menu development to eat more seasonally. Consider including a “featured” item on your menu that contains seasonal products.
Step 5: Contact us with questions or for additional resources.
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