Sustainable food systems are those that promote the local food economy and support sustainable agriculture. This can also include reducing your food waste by throwing away less food and composting any food scraps that must be discarded. For easy ways to reduce your food waste, check out our sustainability tips!
The Athens Farmers Market is a great way to support the local food economy! They are located in the parking lot of the Market on State (1000 E State) every Saturday from 9-12, Wednesdays 9-12 from April through December, and Thursday evenings starting again in the spring. On the third Saturday of every month, you will also see vendors selling soaps, blankets, and other household essentials.
Athens is an amazing place to eat locally! We are now home to one of the nation's first "super-local" food economies, which we call the 30 Mile Meal. Any restaurant that holds its logo purchases a portion of its food and drink from farmers within a 30 mile range of town. That's pretty amazing! To learn more about which businesses are involved and the farmer's you're supporting, you can head to the 30 Mile Meal's blog, their Facebook page, or the Athens Visitor's Bureau.
OHIO's Culinary Services is one of the largest self-operated, non-franchised college dining services in teh nation. They are vigilant about decreasing food waste, increasing local food purchases, and sustainable construction, and have been awarded numerous sustainability awards.
Some of their sustainable initiatives include:
- Local food purchasing
- Reducing food waste and composting what is wasted
- Increasing efficiencies through central production
- Providing students with the option to donate unused flex meals to the community
- Offering "Zero Waste" catered meals
- Implementing a plastic bag tax
To learn more about what they're doing, head to their website.