Individual, family and community food decisions are made for
a variety of reasons: nutrition and health, accessibility
and convenience, food safety, the environment, economics,
and enjoyment and taste. Some reasons people might choose
local foods (versus foods that were grown farther away) are
for convenience, taste or cost. If you grow any of your own
food in a garden, that’ certainly local and it’s usually
tasty and convenient! When produce is in season and being
harvested from local growers, it is usually sold at an
Farmers and producers, whether they are in our urban centers
like Toledo, or out in rural areas, grow and raise the foods
that we ultimately consume. Local food in Ohio might come
from small, medium or large-scale growing sites. While some
foods like tropical fruits and coffee beans will never
grow in Ohio, many foods can be grown and produced
near us. Some examples of local foods in Northwest Ohio:
Bees pollinate our crops and give us honey.
Tomatoes grown in fields in our region are processed into
tomato sauce and canned tomatoes.
Chickens raised on farms in in NW Ohio are raised for meat,
while others lay eggs that we enjoy.
Maple trees are tapped each winter to produce maple syrup to
top off pancakes and more.
Milk, yogurt and cheese comes from dairy cows right here in
Agriculture is very diverse in Ohio and we as consumers can
enjoy many locally grown and produced food right here is our
One way to learn about what’s so great about local foods is
to buy directly from the grower. We are very fortunate in
our area to have options of different farmers markets as
well as farm stands in various parts of the city of Toledo
and in Lucas and Wood counties.
Another option to learn about local foods is a “field-trip”
to a working farm. This month, you are invited to visit a
family-owned and operated dairy farm in Northwest Ohio. The
2019 Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm will be hosted by
Henricks & Krieger Dairy in Fayette, Ohio, west of Toledo.
The state of Ohio is unique because of the close proximity
between rural and urban communities. While this field trip
to the Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm is not quite as
close as the Toledo Farmers Market or a local farm stand, it
is in northwest Ohio - and it is an opportunity that many
people don’t get the chance to see.
On Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 9 am – 1 pm, the public is
invited to come out to a working dairy farm. A free
breakfast will be served from 9 am – 12 pm. This fun,
family-friendly event will give everyone a chance to meet
local farmers, see dairy cows, and learn about agriculture
in Ohio. Visitors will enjoy a free breakfast and discover
more about the foods we eat.
While there is no registration fee, please register your
friends and family so we know how many visitors to expect.
Register can be done online at www.go.osu.edu/fultonbotfregister2019
.You may also contact the OSU Extension Office in Fulton
County with any questions at 419-337-9210. Additional
information about the event can be found at:
Mark your calendar and make plans to join us! It will be a
day you and your family won’t soon forget. The Fulton County
Breakfast on the Farm gives consumers an up-close and
personal view of food production in today’s environment.
This event gives families a look into the production of safe
and healthy foods for Northwest Ohio and throughout the
country. If you do visit Breakfast on the Farm, please be
sure to look for OSU Extension, Lucas County staff at the
event and say “hello”. We will have staff from Lucas County
at the registration tent as well as at the final ice cream