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Economic Development launches Carroll County Grown

If you notice a "Carroll County Grown" sticker while out for lunch or dinner during Carroll County Restaurant Week, you can be sure that restaurant buys from local farmers.

Launched by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development this week, the Carroll County Grown Program is intended to encourage restaurant owners to work with county farmers to source locally grown ingredients for their menus, according to an Economic Development news release.

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The goal is to recognize and foster an ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and restaurant owners while highlighting the benefits to the county economy when restaurants buy food grown locally.

"We are launching this new program in conjunction with Restaurant Week because we wanted to highlight the program at the same time that our local restaurants are being celebrated," said Joanne Morvay Weant, an agriculture development specialist with the Economic Development Department. "We also wanted to show off our new Carroll County agriculture logo, and this seemed a great way to do it."

Economic Development will offer assistance to restaurant owners who wish to source Carroll ingredients.

"We are happy to work with local restaurants that don't qualify for the program at present to find sources for Carroll County products for their menu and bring them up to speed," Weant said.

To participate, restaurant owners need to apply through Economic Development and sign a pledge affirming to buy local products.

Reach staff writer Blair Ames at 410-412-4880 or blair.ames@carrollcountytimes.com.

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