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Valley grown food headed to Farm Aid festival

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It's time again for Farm Aid, the Willie Nelson inspired music and food festival to promote family farms in America.  

This year's all-day concert is happening just west of Pittsburgh and will have a Mahoning Valley connection.

It was a busy day Friday at Youngstown's Lake to River Food Cooperative. Workers and local farmers were packing up a truckload of food for Farm Aid 2017.

"We're excited that Farm Aid reached out to us to find lots of local produce.  They sent us a list and we sent a list back of what we have available and they made selections from a number of local farmers," said Melissa Miller of the Food Co-Op.

 Farm Aid's mission for the past 32 years is to strengthen family farms and to connect people with homegrown food.

 "I think we need to do all we can to keep people connected to the land and how their food is actually grown. It's not made in a factory," said John Huffman of Huffman Fruit Farm said.  

The fresh, homegrown products sent from Youngstown will be available in a market at the concert site.

"This food is going to be part of a concession stand called Home Grown, and all the food they sell at the concession stand is locally produced," Miller said.

The local products will also include cheese from a farmer-owned co-op. 

"We have 62 farms in the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op and it's just to help promote our local farms, help our farming community," said Joe Gordos of Middlefield. 

Farm Aid has been an annual event since 1985. 

If you want to attend Farm Aid 2017, it's being held Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania which is just west of Pittsburgh and about 60 miles from Youngstown. 

A crowd of 22,000 is expected. 

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