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Entries in local food (4)

Friday
Jul212017

Add a Little Local to Your Grocery Shopping

I'm a big fan of the buy local and local food movements. Buying local food, goods, services, and entertainment from local people helps develop your community character and strengthens your economy. It also protects your community from despair if Walmart leaves after all the other neglected businesses shut down.

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Go Localish

But like everything in Cook for Good land, you don't have to do it all or all at once. Just being localish can make a big difference.

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Friday
May182012

Got to be NC Festival Food and Wine Expo

You might conclude from walking around the Got to be NC Festival Food and Wine Expo that the four basic food groups here are wine, barbeque sauce, salsa, and preserves. Tucked in among the Big Four, many booths showed off local cornmeal, sweet potatoes and more. Here are some of my favorites from the festival, shown in the order I experienced them.

Freda Butner and Roger Ball stopped by the book booth before the festival opened. I'm always happy to see Freda, the hard-working and warm Nutrition Marketing Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She's the one who first introduced me to Mr. Ball at the Downtown Raleigh Farmers' Market. He's holding a quart of fragrant and sweet strawberries which he generously brought by to enhance our book display (Wildly Affordable Organic has recipes for strawberry shortcake and strawberry ice cream).

Mr. Ball told me that Ball Berries and Produce grows strawberries for flavor, not shipping. The one I tried was juicy, sweet, and full of strawberry essence. He says:

We pick one day and sell the next.

He also grows them as close to organic as he can. At this time, ...

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Friday
Feb032012

Feast Down East: Green Dining at UNCW

My friends in Minnesota wanted to go just to get a day at the beach, but farmers and buyers know that the Feast Down East conference in Wilmington is all about building a sustainable local foods system. As organizer Jane Steigerwald said, the conference was a huge success, bringing farmers and buyers together for free workshops and networking. This is not hobby agriculture, either. Sustainable also must mean economically viable.feast down east

Green Dining at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Starting with local and organic ingredients

Matt Rogers, head of Campus Dining, said that his department's goal is to "be as responsible and supportive to the local community as we can given the parameters. Sometimes ...

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Thursday
Dec302010

Scored collards and more for local New Year's Day feast

I was SO happy to pull into the State Farmers' Market lot today and see Mrs. Wise in her usual place at the Wise Farm booth. She's there nearly every day except Sunday with great produce and great advice. She's here with her son, Gary, who owns the Mt. Olive farm with his wife Teresa.

My New Year's Day party will now have excellent local collards despite the snow! Mrs. Wise said that they'd run out of collards Wednesday, but they had plenty today at 9:00. They will be at the market on Friday and Saturday, so please drop by to get some yourself. Gary pointed out their excellent bok choy, which they've planted under row covers this year with good results. Those amazing tomatoes come from green houses and they will have hoop-house strawberries soon.

I got five big bunches of collards, red and yellow onions, and sweet potatoes. At other booths, I picked up two gallons of apple cider, and some apples.

I got local corn meal at the grocery store.

What's cooking for New Years' Day? Hoppin' John, Tasty Tahini Collards, and corn bread from Wildly Affordable Organic, and a new chocolate cake I'm developing. Other folks are bringing salads, fruit, and more greens. Should be fun!

What are you cooking for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day? Any special local dishes or ingredients?