HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Department of Agriculture is offering advertising grants for restaurants that purchase Montana specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, dry peas and lentils, and culinary herbs and spices.
The Montana Restaurant Rewards program provides eateries with up to $1,000 in reimbursement for advertising the use of Montana specialty crops on their menus. Reimbursements are limited by the amount of local food purchased.
Advertising and menu references also serve as a guide for restaurant customers, who often prefer dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service's Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
Restaurants can meet Montana specialty crop producers at the Department's three scheduled Montana Farm to Table Connection events: November 7, 2012 in Bozeman; January 30, 2013 in Billings; and April 29, 2013 in Kalispell.
For more information on the Restaurant Rewards grant program or Farm to Table Connection events, visit the department's website at: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/Marketing/Domestic_Trade/Selling_to_Restaurants/.
Questions about the program can be answered by Angelyn DeYoung, marketing officer, who can be reached at 406-444-5424 or by email at ADeyoung@mt.gov.
Published: October 16, 2012 3:40:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: October 16, 2012 4:40:30 PM MDT