Buying “Local” Really Means LOCAL!
Spencer, MA—Local resident and aspiring farmer Amelia Ritner has partnered with Central Mass Grown to create a uniquely specialized event that will bring attention to small farms, crafters, and musicians who are located within 25 miles of Spencer. The first annual Spencer LocalFest will take place in the outdoor field space at Klem’s in Spencer on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.
“I want to prove to people just how many things that they buy and use every day—clothes, gloves, books, fruits, bowls, vegetables, honey, jam—all sorts of products are made in or near our town. Why shop at big-box stores when what you need can be made by your neighbor?” says Ritner, a long-time proponent of sustainable agriculture and the Buy Local movement.
Spencer LocalFest will also be a place for locals and farmers to mingle and network. Central Mass Grown’s mission is to promote the purchase of local agricultural products and to foster the education about its benefits to health, communities, the economy, and the environment. This event, which is being run as a fundraiser for Central Mass Grown, is currently looking for sponsors, vendors, musicians, crafters, and volunteers.
LocalFest is on the lookout for more farmers, crafters, artisans, and musicians to vend at the event. The cost is $30 for a 10’ x 10’ booth space; discounted to $25 for existing CMG members. More information about registering to be a vendor, perform as a musician, and how to sponsor the event is available on the website: spencerlocalfest.wordpress.com.