Beth Dooley at Just Food Saturday, March 3rd

Just Food Co-op is excited to welcome Beth Dooley, author of The Northern Heartland Cookbook, for a book talk and signing on Saturday, March 3 to kick off the Eat Local Challenge.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dooley will be signing copies of her book at the front of the store during the Eat Local Tasting. Books will be available for purchase at Just Food during that time by Monkey See Monkey Read.

Then, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dooley will give a short talk about her cookbook and her thoughts on local eating in the Just Food Community Room.

Please reserve your seat for the talk at the Just Food customer service desk at 516 Water St S in Northfield, or online at

“‘Eat Local’ means a lot of different things to different people,” says Dooley. “To me, it means paying attention to light, temperature and the land’s bounty. When our appetites follow the arc of the sun, we bring balance to our plates. Join me in a discussion into all of the reasons why eating locally makes sense—flavor, health and nutrition, environment, economy, food safety, land preservation, community—and how eating local creates a true home.”

This event is the kickoff to the Winter Eat Local Challenge at Just Food Co-op. Community members are challenged to eat 50% of their diet from the five-state area from March 3 through March 10. Other events during the week include a class on shopping for and cooking with bulk foods, with an emphasis on local items; a class on honey bees, and an opportunity to volunteer at Thursday’s Table with the Northfield Local Food Action Network. The challenge culminates in CSA Day at Just Food, on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where people can meet local farmers and purchase a share in the harvest of the upcoming growing season.

Visit Just Food Co-op or to sign up for the Winter Eat Local Challenge.

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