Eat Local

We can choose where to spend our food dollars to make a difference in our local economy. Even a small shift in our choices makes a difference for the small farmers, artisans and small businesses that work to bring us some of the freshest food in Ohio.

Farmer’s Markets

There is no fresher culinary delight than food from a farmers’ market. Where else can you find produce harvested hours before sale or artisanal meats, cheeses and preserves raised and prepared with transparency. Find out why the local food movement has grown so popular. See our list of Farmers’ Markets by Day of the Week.  See  a longer list of  farmers’ markets at Columbus Underground.

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Dine Originals Columbus

Dine Originals Columbus is a community of independently owned and operated restaurants in central Ohio.  Get a taste of independence.

Slow Food Columbus

Slow Food Columbus seeks to create dramatic and lasting change toward a more sustainable food system by establishing and strengthening the foundations of pleasurable eating. Learn More at

Local Matters

Local Matters is a not-for-profit organization in Central Ohio working to transform the food system to be more secure, just, prosperous and delicious. Local Matters is one of our coalition partners in local food. Learn more >>

Fresh Connect

Whether you’re looking for the nearest community garden or choosing a restaurant for tonight’s dinner, make sure to check the options in Fresh Connect.

Green Tomatoes photo by Slow Food Columbus

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is a nationally sponsored program designed to equip families and adults in low-income households with hands-on cooking and nutrition skills. We will be partnering with host sites in our community to hold 20 or more 6-week courses in 2012!








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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

Where did you spend your $2 bill?

spend me local Have you seen one of our $2 bills? Did you get it as change from a local merchant? If so, pass it on to a friend or spend it at local independent business. Spread the word, contact us to get some $2 bills.


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