May 19, 2014
Last week Matt and I traveled over 600 miles to Healthy Eating Workshops in Mooresville, Asheville, and Greenville. It was wonderful to connect with NCRPA members, as well as groups promoting healthy eating around the state. The speakers in each location covered a wide range of national, state, and local tools for working with produce, and I am excited to share those with you here (and in the Wellness Toolkit) in the coming weeks. Today, I am going to go over some resources for finding local produce:
- NC Department of Agriculture has a website called NC Fresh Link, which lists NC farms and distributors. You can search by location, as well as by fruit or vegetable. This is a great resource if you are looking for a specific food item.
- To know what is in season in NC farms each month, consult this chart from NC Agriculture.
- For those of you in Western NC, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) has a local food guide. It includes farmers, distributors, and farmers markets.
There are also many opportunities to have produce donated to your agency. This is a great option for non-commercial use of produce (such as programming). Contact your local food bank’s food sourcing manager. They can probably connect you with farmers in your area. There are also groups like Ample Harvest, America’s Grow-a-Row, and Society of St. Andrew that directly connect growers and groups that are looking for donated produce.
If you need additional help finding local produce, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can help connect you to resources in your area.
Finally, don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s Wellness Webinar! Matt Hayes from Alta Planning will be discussing ways to promote bicycle and pedestrian access to parks. Please join us. Erin
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27605