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Speed dating to bring fresh food to the table

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You may have heard of "speed dating." It's a no-nonsense, fast, and fun way to meet a bunch of people and maybe find that certain someone. People sit across from one another, chat for five minutes, and see if there's a spark. Then they move on to the next potential match.

Farmers and chefs are searching for "eat local" love today in Watertown. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is hosting a speed dating event at Jefferson Community College. The goal is to get more restaurants to put more local fruits and vegetables on their menus.

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David Sommerstein
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Organizer Amanda Root says about 20 farmers will have brief sit-downs with the same number of chefs to see if they can find ways to do business with one another. Root says the idea is for farmers and chefs to better understand one another's work.

"Chefs may want to buy locally-sourced products, but they don't have time to go to five farms and pick them up," Root says. "If farmers understand that, perhaps there's a way that farmers can work together to aggregate those products and get them to the restaurant."

Root says a similar speed dating event bringing farmers together with schools and hospitals last fall led to Syracuse University buying produce from North Country farmers.

Click 'listen' to hear David Sommerstein's interview with Amanda Root, nutrition and health program leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

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