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Farm-to-Table Campaign Begins

Denny Hensel, owner of Hardin County’s newest agribusiness, Harvest Pride Tortilla and Chips of Ada, was among the speakers Friday afternoon at the unveiling of the farm-to-table logo and marketing campaign at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance unveiled a new farm-to-table logo and marketing campaign to promote new agribusiness opportunities in Hardin County, as local farmers and growers are producing locally grown food for consumers.

“Eat Fresh, Eat Local Hardin County” is the motto of the campaign.

The announcement was linked with the Alliance Membership Appreciation Day Luncheon, where members were treated to a barbecue lunch prepared by Chef David Wagner of the Plaza Inn Family Restaurant. The luncheon was a farm-to-table event in itself, as Hardin County’s newest agribusiness, Harvest Pride Tortilla and Chips of Ada, provided samples of their new chips as part of the menu. Alliance members also had the chance to purchase bags of chips as a special preview sale.

“We are excited to develop a marketing initiative to spotlight the agribusiness efforts and opportunities of our local farmers and growers who are growing fresh produce for consumers,” said Jon Cross, president and CEO of the Alliance.

“A key element to farm-to-table is being able to get the locally grown produce into our local restaurants, schools, grocery stores, etc.,” said Mark Badertscher, agriculture educator with Hardin County’s OSU Extension. “It’s great to have the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance work with our agricultural industry in building some collaboration between our farmers and growers and the potential buyers of these products.”

Wesley Goldsmith, a Hardin County resident and Ohio Northern University graduate, designed the new farm-to-table logo. He has designed many new logos for the Alliance, including the new county motto, Hardin County Ambassadors, Buy Local First Hardin County and the Kenton Historic Courthouse District logos. The farm-to-table logo also will be featured at the upcoming Hardin County Fair.