Eat Local Lee supports the creation of food pathways by linking local producers to consumers through the establishment of urban food hubs, promoting social enterprise and restaurants that incorporate local, sustainable, seasonal food into their menus and the bringing together of institutions, non profit and government entities to provide fresh, local and fair food for everyone.
As a division of ICARE, the Institute for Culinary Awareness, Research & Education (www.icare4food.org), a registered 501c3, the Eat Local Lee County Farm Map provides a comprehensive and accurate guide to all the farms in Lee County that are open to the public. The map offers a listing of farms, farmers markets, roadside stands, U-pick and local honey producers within Lee County, Florida. The demand for local food is growing and this is an opportunity to offer the rapidly expanding segment of agritourism and culinary tourism to the area.
ICARE, the Institute for Culinary Awareness, Research & Education, is an established local food advocate, having created the curriculum currently being used by Goodwill Industries in Pine Manor to provide free classes to those seeking to enter the culinary industry. Established in 2012, ICARE has partnered with the Veteran's Foundation, the Renaissance Academy, the Lee County VCB and others to promote the benefits of understanding culinary arts, agriculture and nutrition.