“Food is medicine. Local food is community medicine; local food is conscious medicine.” -Lacey Dupre
The mission of Acadiana Food Circle is to connect local consumers to local food producers and educate the public on healthy, local food choices. Focusing on the 22 parish Acadiana region in Southwest Louisiana, they promote locally sourced food and help ensure what consumers get in restaurants lives up to its billing.
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Market photos by Travis Gauthier
With the belief that consuming local foods is not only better for local farmers, but better for the consumer’s pocket book and far better for their health, the Acadiana Food Circle exists primarily to connect the demand for local foods, to the supply. They certify farm to table restaurants and maintain a comprehensive directory that includes a guide to getting in-season produce, where to purchase products from local farms, resources for starting your own garden, information about when to harvest foods, and restaurants that serve locally-produced foods and more. In addition to helping make it easier to access local foods, Acadiana Food Circle works to educate the general public on why it is important to do so in the first place.
As strong advocates ourselves for eating local foods, we are proud at Valcour to help raise awareness about the important work the Acadiana Food Circle is doing. We hope you will visit their website and facebook page to learn more about what they do, and if you agree that there are great benefits to eating local, consider donating to the cause!
Above, from left to right:
Dr. Whitney Broussard, Board member, founder, and creative advisor
Lacey Dupre, Board member, founder, and secretary
Tyler Thigpen, Director and Founder
(Photo by Lucius Fontenot)