Shop Local Foods!

— Written By Rachael Holzman and last updated by Nancie Mandeville
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Produce box filled with peppers, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and watermelon

Local produce from Five Forks Sustainable Farm

Good morning everyone!

This is Rachael Holzman, Local Foods Intern with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center.

As we progress through the summer season, I want to remind everyone to shop for local foods! Pick up a refreshing watermelon from the Union County Farmers Market, or take the family out to a U-Pick Farm for a fun-filled afternoon picking peaches. 

When you shop local you also shop in season! Shopping for produce in season means it travels a shorter distance to get to your table, which reduces pollution emissions. Shopping for seasonal produce also allows you to support producers in your community, and gives you an opportunity to build a relationship with the person who is growing your food. Enjoy your summer favorites while they are still here, straight from our local farmers.