Fifth Eat Local Week Coming Oct. 24-30

Geraldson Community Farm (PHOTO COURTESY OF GERALDSON COMMUNITY FARM)

Geraldson Community Farm (PHOTO COURTESY OF GERALDSON COMMUNITY FARM)

Ready to celebrate local food once again? The fifth edition of Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Week has been scheduled for Oct. 24-30.

This year's program, as in years past, will include a number of different activities, from edible plant walks to farmers' market sales, community discussions and more. Nothing concrete has been announced yet, but look for film screenings, guest speakers, farm-to-table meals and more.

Eat Local Week celebrates the bounty of Southwest Florida and the farmers, ranchers, chefs, activists and entrepreneurs who are working to strengthen our foodshed. But the event also touches on the persistent gaps in our food system, bringing in guests like Slow Money founder Woody Tasch, who in 2013 spoke about the benefits of investing in local food enterprises, or economist Michael Shuman, who last year discussed how government regulations can stifle investment in local businesses. In 2012, legendary farmer Joel Salatin of Virginia's Polyface Farms paid a visit.

The event both reflects how far the local food movement has come and how far we have to go. Year five should prove no different. Visit transitionsrq.org to keep up with the latest.