Bethlehem Health Bureau Issues 'Buy Local Challenge'
Bethlehem Health Bureau held its annual National Public Health Week press conference on Friday at PBS39’s Morris Black Kitchen. The event featured guest speakers from the Bureau, Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley and RenewLV, as well as food demonstrations by local chefs from TheMINT Gastropub, Bethlehem BrewWorks and Shankara Vegan Restaurant.
During the event, Bethlehem Health laid down a challenge that it hopes will resonate with the community throughout 2015. From April through October, the public is encouraged to eat at least one food item from a local farm per week. During the same timeframe, local restaurants can get in on the action by purchasing food from local farms and using it in their menus. This is an effort to stimulate both public health and the local economy by bringing fresh, nutrient-rich foods to Lehigh Valley residents while supporting local food producers.
Members of the public can take an online pledge to eat local. There is also a separate link for local chefs and restaurant owners to pledge their support for local farms. Those who take the pledge are also encouraged to share their farm-fresh findings on Bethlehem Health’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or by using the hashtag, #BuyLocalBethlehem.
Here’s to a healthy (and delicious) growing season!