The Blaine County Food Council is inviting community food leaders and members of the public to attend the first in a series of free community building events.

    “Community Food Connections: Summer Economic Success Stories and Next Steps” will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Upper Big Wood River Grange, 609 S. Third Ave. in Hailey. Guest speakers Peter Atkinson of Atkinsons’ Market, Sherry Kraay of Kraay’s Market & Garden, and Katie Zubia of Wood River Farmers Market will provide updates on progress and challenges at three key local food access points.

    At 9 a.m., attendees will be able to network over coffee and local snacks. At 9:30 a.m., the speakers will share updates and answer questions. Around 10:20 a.m., participants will discuss the new $5 for Farmers local food marketing campaign and pledge, and brainstorm for future event topics.

    To register for the event, go to

    To learn more about the Blaine County Food Council, go to For details on $5 for Farmers or to take the $5 for Farmers pledge, visit To learn about Local Food Alliance, go to

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