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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Buy Local: Farmers Markets

You've heard of a "Flash Mob", but have you heard of a "Crop Mob?" Attention! "Crop Mob" tomorrow at Goat Lady Dairy!
POTATO CROP MOB NEEDED - All Hands on Deck!

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POTATO CROP MOB
TOMORROW, MARCH 23, 10 AM
Goat Lady CSA Farm
Any and all who are able please come tomorrow to help us plant 750 pounds of seed potatoes!

The weather window has opened, the fields are dry and we need to get these babies in the ground before the rain comes tomorrow night!

Been waiting to get your hands dirty? NOW is your chance...hope you can join us.

Directions:
1. From Greensboro Head south on US-220S, which becomes I-73 S after you cross over I-85.
2. After you cross over I-85 go 4.9 miles south on I-73. Take the exit marked High Point/Climax/NC Highway 62.
3. Turn left onto Highway 62 and go 6.7 miles to Climax
4. There is only one stop light in Climax. At the light turn right onto NC 22 south.
5. Go 6.4 miles. The farm lane is on the right immediately after a school speed zone sign. The lane is in the middle of a row of cypress trees and marked with our green Goat Lady CSA Sign.

If you come to Gray's Chapel School on your left you've gone a bit too far! Turn around and go back and watch for the lane on your left.

5527 NC Highway 22 N
Franklinville, NC 27248
Daniel's phone #: 824-1086
Steve's phone #: 824-3531
It's that time of year again! Farmers Markets are opening up to share their bounty.

Buy Local.
This is easier than you think. Eat at locally owned restaurants rather than chains. Often these restaurants buy from local farmers, so we all get much more local bang from your buck. 


Shop at farmers markets. These are wonderful places to buy locally grown produce, meats and crafts. Here in Winston-Salem, I enjoy going to the Winston-Salem Farmers Market at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds on Saturday mornings from 6 AM-1 PM for local eggs, meat, produce, flowers and treats from the likes of Camino Bakery. During the week there is the awesome
Downtown Farmers Market on Tuesdays & Thursdays from May-September, 9AM-2PM (under the shelter at the corner of 6th & Cherry St.), with some of my favorite sellers such as Shore Farm Organics from Yadkinville, NC. 

Another Saturday option is  City Beverage, (a local beverage store where they stock over 50 North Carolina wines) on Saturdays from noon-4PM
. For all sustainable, organic foods, go to Cobblestone Farmers Market (behind Krankies Coffee on Patterson Ave. between 3rd and 4th streets) on Tuesdays 10 AM- 1PM. Great for produce, meat, goat cheeses & baked goods. Of course, if none of these days are convenient for you, there is Reynolda Farm Market at 1206 Reynolda Rd., featuring meats, eggs, cheeses, and produce from local farmers, as well as the wonderful milk and ice cream (peach is my favorite) from Homeland Creamery. And Mostly Local Market on Shallowford Rd in Lewisville. For more information on Piedmont Triad farms, farmers markets and local restaurants that support them, check out www.slowfoodpiedmont.org .



Please note on the right side of this blog, the "Buy Local" logo and "Local Etsy" choices. It is very important to shop and eat local in this crucial time in our economy. "If people can shift as much of their spending as possible to an area company, then those dollars can save a job or keep a local company open. It’s a critical time right now-and every single penny that stays in our community makes a difference." - winstonsalem.com Buy Local campaign.

Local Harvest- The buy local movement is quickly taking us beyond the promise of environmental responsibility that the organic movement delivered, and awakening the US to the importance of community, variety, humane treatment of farm animals, and social and environmental responsibility in regards to our food economy.

Find a local Farmers Market here.  Find a Farm near you here.






2 comments:

  1. Thanks Kristi for helping us spread the word...We will post photos of our Potato Crop Mob in action.
    Steve Tate, Goat Lady CSA

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  2. Excellent points. The number of farmers markets nationwide is growing (up 16% in 2010). Another great place to buy locally made and sourced goods: your community flea market. Local foods, crafts, and "reused and recycled" merchandise make the flea market a green choice, as recently reported by FleaMarketZone.com.

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