This month, food stores and restaurants in Princeton, New Jersey, will honor farmers who raise their animals on pasture as part of Grazefest, a national grassroots promotional campaign that’s spreading the word about the culinary, environmental, animal-welfare, and human-health benefits of foods from grass-fed and pasture-raised animals.
Throughout the weeklong Grazefest Princeton celebration, scheduled for November 11-17, restaurants and retailers, including Small World Coffee, the Bent Spoon, Mediterra, and the Whole Earth Center, will highlight pasture-raised products through tastings and special menu items. They’ll also distribute free copies of The Great News about Grass-a 12-page, consumer-oriented booklet that outlines the multiple benefits of pasture-based farming-and Alternatives to Factory Farms-a brochure that explains and differentiates labels, such as organic, free-range, and grass-fed, and points residents to where they can buy pasture-raised foods.
On Monday evening, November 15, Mediterra Restaurant will host the Grassfed Gourmet Wine Dinner-a 5-course wine dinner featuring products from the region’s finest pasture-based farms. Guests will receive a complimentary copy of The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook-the first-ever cookbook and guide to pasture-raised foods.
Grazefest Princeton is sponsored by the Whole Earth Center, a nonprofit natural foods store based in Princeton; The Nature Conservancy; and Natural by Nature, producers of organic, grass-fed dairy products. A project of Eating Fresh Publications, Grazefest Princeton is one of a series of regional Grazefest events that have taken place across the country this fall.
Communities and organizations that are interested in holding Grazefest events in their communities can contact Eating Fresh Publications for materials at grazefest (at) eatingfresh.com or by calling 609-466-1700.