Annual expo features local food

January 30, 2014 by  

The 4th annual Loudoun Grown Expo is taking place in Purcellville this February. This popular event attracts approximately 3,000 visitors. It is a presentation of the Village of Leesburg, Dulles Greenway and the Shamrock Music Shoppe.

There is a real movement in the United States for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and a demand for locally grown and produced food. It is seen as more environmentally friendly due to having less distance to travel and usually more natural. Events like this bring it to the general public and help develop an interest in buying local. The expo will feature local wineries, CSAs and food vendors. Guests will also be able to sample food for free or pay a slight fee for beer and wine tastings.

Some of the vendors taking part will likely be those who grow their own vegetables at home or make things at home like fruit pies. A few will also probably come from many surrounding areas such as Reston to sell their items. Independent vendors often turn to local printing companies to provide them with necessities such as signs and banners to hand from their booths. These things can be purchased for a reasonable price, can be used over and over again and may even encourage more people to stop at their booths.

The Loudoun Grown Expo is taking place at the Bush Tabernacle in Fireman’s Field on February 15 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information call 540-751-2350.