Rogue Valley's Annual Eat Local Challenge

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Mail Tribune has long been the leader in Oregon's Rogue Valley for covering local news, but this year's Eat Local Challenge gives it an opportunity to connect with readers on a topic everyone can appreciate: food.

The newspaper is happy to provide a resource for people contemplating adding more locally produced foods to their diet

Mail Tribune has long been the leader in Oregon's Rogue Valley for covering local news, but this year's Eat Local Challenge gives it an opportunity to connect with readers on a topic everyone can appreciate: food.

The annual Eat Local Challenge in Oregon's Rogue Valley promotes the consumption of locally grown, raised and produced foods. This year, a host of events is planned Sept. 11-20 at restaurants, grocery stores, growers markets, farms, wineries and elsewhere, organized by the nonprofit advocacy group THRIVE, food producers and restaurants. The event is both educational and intended to stimulate the local economy.

The Mail Tribune supports the effort with extensive Web-based content, including an Eat Local page with an electronic calendar of events, related links and archived stories. Food Editor Sarah Lemon dedicates her blog, The Whole Dish, to the challenge throughout its duration. The newspaper's social-networking site, Rogue Current, hosts an Eat Local user group, as well as blogs by three readers taking the challenge. This is in addition to two weeks of Eat Local coverage in the newspaper's weekly food section, A la Carte, which focuses all year on the Rogue Valley's food scene.

"The newspaper is happy to provide a resource for people contemplating adding more locally produced foods to their diet," said Julie Wurth, the Mail Tribune's online editor.

A longtime producer of tree fruit, the Rogue Valley has more recently gained national and international recognition for award-winning cheeses, chocolate and wine. The area is home to Harry & David, Rogue Creamery, Lillie Belle Farms, Gary West Smoked Meats and a growing number of vineyards, wineries and artisan food producers.

For more information, see the Web site at http://www.mailtribune.com/eatlocal or call Wurth at 541-776-4468 or Lemon at 541-776-4487.

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