Monday, April 5, 2010

Farmers markets help you eat local

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Look in your pantry. Any idea where that food originally came from? Now, look at the ingredient list. According to Michael Pollan's Food Rules, if you can't pronounce every ingredient then you shouldn't eat that "food like substance."

At any of the the local farmers markets in our area, not only will you avoid "food like substances," there's a pretty good chance you can actually speak to the farmer responsible for growing the produce that's for sale.

By supporting local farmers you not only bolster their business, you will find your food is fresher and tastes better. You'll also reduce its carbon footprint and keep your hard-earned dollars in our community. And, really: Why eat an apple from Chile when you can eat one from North Carolina?

Today's Charlotte Observer has an article about farmer's markets that are popping up in South Charlotte. (Read it here.) But, those certainly aren't the only farmers markets around. Find the market closest to you at LocalHarvest.org, where you can sign up for a weekly e-mail with updates about the farmers markets in your area.

NCFarmFresh.com is also a great resource for finding local farmers markets, berry farms and plant sellers. A quick search came up with 28 opportunities to purchase locally grown produce in Mecklenburg County.

Challenge: Prepare a meal with all local ingredients.

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