Earth Day BBQ Serves Up Salmon from Middlebury Alum

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Earth Day BBQ Serves Up Salmon from Middlebury Alum

April 23, 2016

This Friday the campus will celebrate Earth Day with a barbeque that is set to include salmon from Middlebury College class of 2013’s Elma Burnham. Elma works as a commercial fisher with Braund Fish Co. in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This sustainably caught salmon is among a slew a special purchases made by Dining Services this year in an effort to increase the amount of “real food” served on campus. Middlebury is part of the Real Food Challenge, a national campaign to improve campus food that defines “real food” as being local, humane, ecologically sound or fair.

You may have noticed that the dining halls are now serving Vermont Coffee Company coffee, which fits the ecologically sound criteria of the Real Food Challenge. All cooking oils have recently been changed over to Full Sun Oil Company oils, which are pressed locally. At a recent grower/buyer match-making event hosted by the Addison County Relocalization Network, Dining Services was able to make connections with several local growers and have plans to purchase locally grown onions in the near future. Dining Services is always searching for ways to improve our ecological and social footprint. Purchasing sustainable salmon--from a well-known source—and for Earth Day, nonetheless, is certainly a step in that direction.

The Earth Day BBQ begins at 4:30pm on Friday. In case of rain, dinner will take place indoors.

Elma will be on campus on Friday if you’d like to join her for an open lunch! LaForce 121, 11:45-12:45.


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