Local program participants of Six Weeks of Slow Food. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Foods

JACKSON, Wyo. — Slow Food in the Tetons is once again celebrating Old Bill’s Fun Run with a new season of its Six Weeks of Slow Food video series. This year’s emphasis is on members of the community who participate in Slow Food programming. Each week, local program participants share their individual “Tale of a Snail” to convey  why Slow Food programs are meaningful to them. Programs featured in the videos include Kids Cooking and Farming Camps, the Local Food Discount Program, the Farm Stand and Online Marketplace, the People’s Market, the Teton Farmer Fund and the Community Gardens. 

The campaign started August 12th to coincide with Old Bill’s 2022 Fun Run Giving Season and will end this Friday, September 16th. Program highlights and interviews from community members can be found online and via social media @tetonslowfood Six Weeks videos from previous seasons are available to view as well.

The mission of Slow Food in the Tetons is to grow the local and regional sustainable food economy by supporting producers, educating consumers and connecting them together in the spirit of good, clean and fair food. “We look forward to Old Bill’s Fun Run Giving Season,” says Scott Steen, Slow Food in the Tetons Executive Director, “because of the opportunity to look inward and reflect on how our work impacts our community. We’re always reminded how much more we can do to further engage people in the abundant and expanding local food network.”

Fire day at cooking camp. Kids made pasta from scratch, picked vegetables from the Calico garden and prepped a delicious lasagna to be cooked over a fire. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Foods

Slow Food’s community impact is measured in numerous ways. The 2021 People’s Market, for example, brought in over $441,000 in direct to consumer sales, supporting over 120 local and regional food vendors. The recent Teton Farmer Fund awards provided $27,500 to three local farms to build a greenhouse, upgrade cheese processing equipment, and install fencing for a rotational grazing system for goats. Slow Food’s newest initiative, the Local Food Discount Program, allows individuals to self-select up to a 50% discount on their purchase at the Farm and Online Marketplace, making local, sustainable food more accessible to all. 

Slow Food in the Tetons relies on donations and sponsors to help make these programs possible. The generosity of the community continues to inspire and enable us to expand and enhance these programs for future participants. We thank you for considering a donation in support of  Slow Food in the Tetons today during Old Bill’s 2022 Fun Run Giving Season.