West Texas farm tour stresses importance of buying local - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/10

West Texas farm tour stresses importance of buying local

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A special kind of bus tour cruised across the South Plains on Monday with the goal of getting people more familiar with some important home grown products.

Monday's tour is the first of its kind in West Texas. The Department of Agriculture wants to spread one message across our state, and that's not to forget what's in your own backyard.

They got on a big bus to take a tour of the South Plains, but they are not people who have never been here, instead they are producers and employees of local restaurants from right here in West Texas.

"We want these guys to know that there are products here that they can use in their restaurants and we want people to be aware that they can eat local each and every day," said Matt Williams with the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Williams says sometimes people forget that a lot of what we need is not far from home.

"We have great restaurants that are serving Texas food, Texas beer, Texas wine," said Williams.

For Daniel Stanton, partner of Fudruckers, this tour has helped that message come through.

"We can see how we can keep our dollars here local as a restaurant association," said Stanton.

Stanton says Fudruckers has already started purchasing local.

"When you know who you are dealing with and where your product is coming from it makes a lot of difference," said Stanton.

Vice President of Llano Estacado Winery Greg Bruni says this whole experience is what the "Go Texan" campaign is all about, and something that can't help but stimulate the local economy.

"We are trying to promote local sales and to make people in our area aware of the fact that we have some of the best products available in the states and maybe the United States," said Bruni.

For more information on the Go Texan Restaurant Roundup:

http://www.gotexan.org/restaurantroundup/ 

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