Local food is a win-win for Marathon County. With a proud heritage in agriculture, local food contributes to our economy and our health.
In recent years, Marathon County Health Departments has worked to connect consumers with farmers by expanding farmers markets. Four farmers markets are able to accept FoodShare and other forms of payment, like Debit. Farmers markets throughout Marathon County are working to meet the needs of their customers; in 2013, a group of farmers joined together to offer the Wausau Winter Farmers Market.
Are you looking for a farmer? Check out MarathonCountyLocalFood.org for a listing, or check out the Farm Fresh Atlas.
Since 2013, efforts have been underway to promote Farm to School opportunities in Marathon County. Farm to School is a national movement to increase the use of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in school lunch programs, connect local farmers with the community, and provide opportunities for hands on teaching to students through educational workshops and school gardens. Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following:
• Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
• Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and
• School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.
For more information about Farmers Markets, please contact Samantha Pinzl at 715-261-1926. For more information about Farm to School, please
contact Ashley Deering at 715-261-1922.