Views from afar, Farmer’s Market returns, recipe-to-product workshop

28 May

After her visit to town May 22, rural tourism marketing consultant Joanne Steele shares her thoughts about Hood River. …

Gorge Grown Food Network’s 2010 Farmers’ Market series debuts on Thursday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School. In addition to early spring veggies, plan to munch fruit pies, spring rolls, tamales … well, just come and explore. Admission is free — food is extra (that’s the point). GGFN is doing a cool thing this year — offering $10 fresh food certificates. It’s a great way for businesses to comp their employees for top performance, and aim the dollars at local producers of healthful foods. Think of it as low-cost health insurance. Get’m at the Farmers’ Market …

On a related note, we’re surrounded by food. If you’ve ever dreamed of building a business around food (but don’t want to start a restaurant), you may want to attend a workshop June 5, titled “Getting Your Recipe to Market: An Introduction to Value-Added Food Biz. It’s $95 and promises rich rewards. Details here. …

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