Residents of Wallowa County will be able to "dig in" to free fresh produce, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and members of Slow Food Wallowa County.

They are coming together to gather and distribute garden surpluses - and also celebrate with an all-community potluck - in the Enterprise City Park on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The local Slow Food volunteers are joing thousands of people around the country who are participating in Slow Food USA's first-ever "Dig In!" event. The goal of Wallowa County's "Dig In!" is to increase access to local food, as well as celebrate the county's rich food history and culture.

Teams of volunteers will bring in the harvest from private gardens and farms and distribute it for free at 3 p.m. in the city park. All extra produce will go to the food bank at Community Connection.

The distribution will be followed at 4 p.m. by a community potluck to celebrate the foods and food traditions of Wallowa County. It will be an opportunity to enjoy good food and hear the stories from the people who created it.

"We hope that people will bring something they're proud to share," said Liza Jane Nichols of rural Enterprise.

Around the country, more than 225 local, volunteer-run Slow Food chapters are organizing events for the "Dig In!" day of action, including such activities as canning and breaking ground on community or school gardens.

For a list of activities, visit (www.slowfoodusa.org).

This national day of action is aimed at creating a world where food is good for you, good for the grower and good for the planet.

Dig In! is the first event sponsored by Slow Food Wallowa County, an educational organization formed in March 2010.

However, throughout the summer, Slow Food members participated in several events, including the Wallowa County Farmers' Market, the Watershed Festival and the Bowlby Bash. It is an official chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit seeking to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. Find Wallowa County Slow Food on facebook.com.

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