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NevadaGrown launches Home Means Delicious recipe contest

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SUBMITTED NEWS — The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute and NevadaGrown – Home Means Delicious present a celebration of culinary skill with a year-long, “Savor the Season” recipe contest. Each month, northern Nevada residents are invited to visit the Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/NevadaGrown, or the NevadaGrown website, www.NevadaGrown.com, to learn about locally-grown, seasonal fruits, vegetables and other foods, and submit a favorite recipe utilizing one – or all – of the foods for a chance to win. The campaign is designed to educate the community about the benefits of eating both locally and seasonally.

Every month, a selection of the top “Savor the Season” recipes are featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal’s “Food” section and will be compiled into a NevadaGrown cookbook to be printed in 2014. Each home chef whose recipe is featured in the “Food” section receives a complimentary copy of the completed cookbook after printing, and at the end of the promotion, all entries are eligible to win a seven-cubic-foot freezer filled with $300 worth of meat or produce from Nevada farms.

Participants can get a leg up on the competition by visiting the website for tips on where to buy local, how to select the best of the bunch, the most effective way to store food, and even some ideas on how to prepare it.

“Our goal with the Home Means Delicious campaign is to help educate the community on the benefits of eating locally and seasonally, while also helping spread the word about all of the talented farmers and ranchers who make their home here in our great state,” said Ann Louhela, of the WNC Specialty Crop Institute. “Our slogan is ‘Know your farmer, know your food!’ and now we’re truly bringing that to life.”

There are many reasons to eat seasonally and locally, but a few that top the list include taste, cost and environmental sustainability. To learn more, visit the Home Means Delicious blog.

For more information on the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute and NevadaGrown, including local farms, restaurants and other ways to eat local, visit www.wnc.edu/ce/sci/ or www.nevadagrown.com.

NevadaGrown-Home Means Delicious is a partnership between the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute, NevadaGrown and the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Food & Drink section. It is made possible through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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