'Locavores' look to stimulate the local economy

By Corey Spencer

April 12, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:24 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Stimulating the economy by eating locally. That was the theme at one event in Peoria this afternoon.

A group of Bradley University seniors teamed up with the Peoria County Farm Bureau and Living Earth farm to host "The Rise of the Peoria Locavore."

A locavore is someone who purchases produce, meat and dairy from local producers within 100 miles rather than purchasing food at the grocery store.

Event coordinators say this would greatly boost the Peoria economy, and it even has health benefits.

"Local food just tastes better," Melissa McGuire, Bradley senior said. "It's more environmentally friendly. You're not going from transportation to the grocery store. It's coming straight from the farm, and you know where it's coming from. It's just a healthier benefit for you."

"Rise of the Peoria Locavore" was part of Methodist's Spring Farmers Market. The Methodist Farmers Market meets every other Thursday through May 24 at the Methodist Medical Center Atrium.

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