Speed dating over talk of local foods

Farmer and business meet and greet

MASON CITY, Iowa – It was a day of first impressions and introductions at the North Iowa Event Center.

Healthy Harvest North Iowa hosted a meet and greet, speed dating session for local businesses and food producers.

Three minutes was all Dennis Carlson had to pitch his wheat-flour but he was just one of many producers in attendance and says events like this can often times lead to big things in the future.

“Sometimes you don’t realize the diversity of products growing right here in our backyard,” Carlson said.

Jan Libbey, the executive director of Healthy Harvest North Iowa, was the matchmaker for the event.

She is striving to encourage locally grown products to be used in local small businesses or restaurants in northern and central Iowa and is hopeful that this introductory event will help boost that throughout the state.

“We have a good representation of our producers from all across North Iowa, and we have a pretty good representation of buyers, and I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Libbey said.

There was no word, as of Monday, if anyone has found their match however, following the speed dating, The Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, held an open house for the new “couples” to learn a little bit more about the 2014 harvest and production season.

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