Celebrating the local food economy

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Farmers, weavers, entertainers and renewable energy experts took over Bayfront Park on Saturday, Sept. 10. The 23rd annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival focused on "highlight the power of local economy," according to director Clare Hintz.

"We're highlighting how much abundance there is here in the region. We spend millions of dollars on food every year, but only a fraction of that is going to local food. So if we could even spend a dollar more each week on locally produced food, we'd add thousands of jobs and money back to the region. That's exactly what we're highlighting here, the potential of local economy," Hintz said.

The festival included many educational exhibits which showcased practical sustainable changes people can make in their own homes. Attendees could ask experts questions about solar paneling, explore a tiny house, talk with a master gardener, examine a new trade or draft and find out more about backyard composting. (Photos by Teri Cadeau)