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Drake hosts harvest party featuring Buy Fresh Buy Local foods

September 15, 2010
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Drake University will host a Harvest Party in celebration of the 2010 growing season on Sunday, Sept. 19, featuring small plates of local food that will bring the people together who grow, sell and eat locally grown foods.

The menu will include six small plates from salad to dessert -- all featuring foods grown in the nine-county Greater Des Moines BFBL region. Additional foods such as apples, cheese and wine will also be available to sample.

The party, which will be held from 4-6 p.m., is sponsored by Drake and Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development as part of the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local project.

With a "Get to know your farmer and your food" theme, the event will be held in Drake's Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. It is open to the public with tickets required. Guests can make donations for BFBL and reserve tickets at
More than 150 guests and supporters of BFBL will include the farmers and member businesses that grow and sell local foods and the consumers who pledged to buy and consume the produce.

"The Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign started in 2004 as a way to link those who grow, sell and eat locally grown foods. Our first-ever Harvest Party will do just that," said Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center.

"Bringing healthy, local food to central Iowa families is win-win for local farmers and consumers," said Keith Sparks, president of Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development. "We’re excited to be part of that effort."

Buy Fresh Buy Local Harvest Party is an initiative of Drake University, Iowa Heartland Resource Conservation and Development, the Downtown Farmers Market, Campbell’s Nutrition, the Iowa Food Cooperative, Environmental Nutrition Solutions and the Kitchen Collage. The Harvest Party is hosted by Sodexo Campus Dining Services at Drake.

For more information about Buy Fresh, Buy Local, contact Matt Russell at 515-689-8219 or