Celebrate Ag Day with Farmers and Free Food Samples

Meet local farmers and food producers on May 17 at the State House as they teach Rhode Islanders about food that is grown, caught, made and reared in Rhode Island.

There’s an open house at the State House next Wednesday, May 17, and it involves free food. The sixteenth annual Ag Day (Rhode Island Agriculture Day) takes places from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it’s an opportunity to meet local farmers and food producers as they set up tables around the rotunda to teach Rhode Islanders about food that is grown, caught, made and reared in Rhode Island.

The event is hosted by Governor Gina Raimondo, First Gentleman Andy Moffit, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and partners. Most purveyors will provide free food samples and information about their work for public consumption. The annual tradition allows locals to meet the people behind the food they buy at farmers markets and grocery stores, so they can see firsthand the impact that buying local has on families here. Coordinated by the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture, the exhibits will highlight Rhode Island agriculture and the many organizations that collectively participate in its viability.

This year, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhode Island’s first statewide Food Strategy will also be released followed by the announcement of the 2017 Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant awards. The Food Strategy is “an actionable vision for local food that builds on our momentum in the space, celebrates our unique strengths and cuisine, and ensures all Rhode Islanders benefit from fresh, locally grown food.”

Hope to see you there!

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