KC Healthy Kids’ Carrot Gold Program Welcomes Five New Partners Who are Setting the Standard for Excellence in Food Service

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Through the Carrot Gold initiative, KC Healthy Kids is able to impact the food system by growing the demand and working to grow the supply of healthy, locally-produced food, says Alicia Ellingsworth, farm to institution manager at KC Healthy Kids.

KC Healthy Kids welcomes five new partners to its Carrot Gold program for April 2017, bringing the total to 28 food service establishments dedicated to sourcing locally. The new partners include canihaveabite, Heirloom Bakery and Hearth, Unbakery and Juicery, and Locally Sourced Meats: Wells Family Farms.

Carrot Gold recognizes restaurants and institutions that use sustainable practices in their kitchen, offer healthy menu choices and source local ingredients. The program, headed by Alicia Ellingsworth, farm to institution manager at KC Healthy Kids, began in 2012 with just a handful of partners.

“Through the Carrot Gold initiative, KC Healthy Kids is able to impact the food system by growing the demand and working to grow the supply of healthy, locally-produced food,” says Ellingsworth. “We market our partners and drive business to them, increasing the volume of this new normal of sustainability. Through Carrot Gold, we also work with local growers encouraging scaled-up production. We stand between and amid these two groups, growing the connections and breaking down barriers.”

canihaveabite

While canihaveabite is new to Kansas City, Mo, it is seasoned in the local food movement.

“Owner and chef, Kathy Hale, has been a familiar face since the early 1990s when she opened Daily Bread in Westport and at farmers markets all over town,” according to Ellingsworth.

canihaveabite began as a catering business, then a storefront and are now located in its beautiful current location in Kansas City Mo. They prepare a wide range of healthy take-away meals ready for your table with vegetarian, vegan and paleo options. Check out their specially-designed cleanse program and brand new line of house-made refreshing beverages.

Heirloom Bakery and Hearth

Scott and Kate Meinke moved home to Kansas City, Mo to begin baking. After selling at the Brookside Farmers Market for a season, baking off-site and rehabbing the gas station, the bakery finally opened in 2015 to a very excited, established customer base. Heirloom’s community-focused bakery serves the highest quality, made-from-scratch menu. The menu is based on seasonally-available produce, reflecting the creativity that such a practice demands. The bakery is a popular and lively meeting place for young mothers and for business lunches alike.

Unbakery and Juicery

Unbakery and Juicery, located in Kansas City, Mo, is a great stop to pick up morning coffee or juice, lunch or a tasty…

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