The Irony of Fair Food

© Johanna Goodyear |

I’m starting to see advertisements for county fairs. Even though I haven’t been to one in years, I always fondly remember the food: Elephant ears, caramel apples, and, of course, cotton candy.

Now that I’ve become a local food advocate, I see the irony in the fact that fairs, which are supposed to be a celebration of harvest, feature foods which are deep fried and not local (sometimes not even natural).

Who am I to be the fair food grinch? Go ahead and have your favorites. But I also encourage you to take advantage of the food and fun that you and your family can have at local farms (for a lot cheaper, and on your own schedule!).

This year I’m teaming up with Kent Harvest Trails to help promote local farms. The actual event runs from September 17 and goes through  October 30, but many of the farms are open now. Mmmm, peaches anyone?

Stay tuned for more details.

Whaddaya think?