December 31, 1969

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It’s time to re-register or sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards to benefit Local Matters! This is an easy and FREE way to support our work!!
Please take a minute to read the information below and pass it on to all your family and friends who might support our efforts to transform the food system to be more secure, just, prosperous and delicious!!

Veggie Van Recipe: Warm Salad of Roasted Beets, Cabbage and Ohio Apples

Roasted Beet, Cabbage and Apple Salad


  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 Ohio apples, diced
  • 3 medium beets, roasted*, peeled, diced
  • ½ bunch Italian parsley, leaves only, chopped


Edible Flowers

Flowers are everywhere, so why not in your food? Food Matters and Wellness Matters have covered the different parts of the plant that fruits and vegetables come from. Flowers are not as commonly eaten as roots or fruits, but some are still part of the culinary repertoire. Flowers can add a touch of color and whimsy to your food.

First Lady's Day at the Ohio State Fair: Recipe from cooking demonstration with Mrs. Karen Kasich

Local Matters is honored to be invited to do a cooking demonstration with Ohio's First Lady Karen Kasich for the second year in a row as part of First Lady's Day at The Ohio State Fair on Friday, July 25.

Following is the recipe from our cooking demonstration, featuring local Ohio chicken from Gerber Amish Farm, seasonal produce, and heart-healthy whole grains.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Salad

I frequently find myself saying, “Hooray for summer!” as I sit down to eat meals with my family these past few weeks. We are thoroughly enjoying the delicious tastes and the wide variety of fresh, local produce that grows in the summer season.

It is such a treat to taste berries picked straight from the vine, harvest herbs and produce from our back yard garden, and see what special surprises arrive in our Great River Farms market bag each week.

Growing Matters Volunteer Spotlight: Kathryn Kiefer

Local Matters recently began a new recognition program for volunteers! We will be selecting a recipient monthly and recognizing them for their outstanding commitment to Local Matters! This month, we are highlighting an individual from our Growing Matters program.

Get to know our people: Meet Kathryn Kiefer from Columbus!

Why Kathryn got involved with Growing Matters

The Launch of Wellness Matters

Hello all blog readers – Lauren Edwards here, Senior Program Manager at Local Matters! June brings us to the official launch of our newest program, Wellness Matters.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Chef Laura here -- as I shared in my blog post a few weeks ago, I am excited about the start of the farmers’ market season because it signals the beginning of fresh, seasonal and local produce. One of my favorite local fruit farms, Hirsch Fruit Farm, has a stand at my neighborhood farmers’ market, and last week, they had rhubarb available.

Summertime Fun in the Garden

Written by Jesse Hickman, Growing Matters Program Manager

Many of you know me as the “Master Gardener” at Local Matters where I have been installing and maintaining gardens all around the city and teaching children and adults about healthful foods and how to grow them. It may not surprise you that in my free time I do a lot in my own garden and wanted to share some new ideas with you that I am working on this season.

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