Slow Food is a movement started in Italy almost 30 years ago in response to a fast food chain wanting to open a restaurant near an important cultural and historical site in Rome. Since it's inception, Slow Food's present membership is over 150,000 in 150 different countries with 170 local chapters. They espouse a number of tenets such as the preservation of local foods and food traditions, seed banks to preserve heirloom food varieties, food education including teaching gardening skills among other beliefs. They really are a vision of everything fast food is not, hence the name Slow Food.
The Southwest Florida Slow Food Chapter was established a number of years ago though it's present iteration has been active for almost 1 year. They sponsor a number of activities and events in keeping with it's parent organization. These include promoting public awareness of locally sourced foods and producers, in addition to familiarizing the public about chefs using local products to make healthy and delicious foods.
One of these events will be a spring tour of local farms that will be held on March 21, 2017, the day after the first day of spring. This event includes tours of a local producer of micro greens, herbs and mushrooms, Herban Gardens (Farms), and a tour and tasting at Three Sons Ranch, local ranchers of beef and buffalo. The community restaurant Table and Tap at the first solar powered community in the United States, Babcock Ranch, will be open for a tour and tasting in addition to a tour of 31 Produce, a produce farm where patrons can pick their own from 31 Produce's fields or purchase from their retail store. Tickets are $65.00-75.00 pp and include tours, transportation, lunch in addition to food sampling and a raffle for participants. Attendance is limited to 45 people and the event is certain to be a sell out. For more information on Slow Food Southwest Florida and their spring farm tour, visit the following links.
Slow Food Southwest Florida Facebook Page
Slow Food Southwest Florida Farm Tour Spring 2017 Facebook Event Page