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The Union County Center Local Foods contact is Aaron Moore.

Soup in a bowl with garnish

FCS@Home: Preserving Soups!

Nothing soothes the soul when cool weather hits like a nice hot bowl of soup, especially when it’s homemade …

Figs

FCS@Home: Figs

One of my favorite treats as a child was delicious fig bars. They were always my favorite afternoon snack …

Heirloom Tomatoes

FCS@Home: Heirloom Vegetables

Have you ever heard of heirloom vegetables? According to our friends at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, heirloom …

Produce box filled with peppers, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and watermelon

Shop Local Foods!

Good morning everyone! This is Rachael Holzman, Local Foods Intern with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center. As we progress …

Tomatoes, squash and green beans on table at farmers market

Local Foods Council Seeks Input

Union County Government is collaborating with several organizations, including Wingate University – The Collaborative for the Common Good and …

Woman smiling at Farmers Market stand

Meet Our Local Foods Intern

Hi everyone, this is Rachael Holzman, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center Local Foods Intern. I am a …

Bushel of Peaches

FCS@Home - North Carolina Peaches

Warm summertime means delicious peaches from June to September. That’s right! Peaches are a great healthy snack to cool …

Watermelon in Hand

Cool Down With Watermelon!

What’s a great way to cool you down in the hot weather? How about watermelon? Watermelon is a delicious …

Strawberries being picked and put into containers with glove-covered hands

FCS@Home: It's Strawberry Season!

This season, North Carolina is in for an abundance of yummy strawberries. Strawberries are a delicious warm-weather fruit, that …

Cloves and Bulbs of the Garlic

Vegetable Spotlight: Garlic

December is time for cold weather, and the end of a growing season for many crops. However, there is …

Kale

Vegetable Spotlight: Kale

What’s leafy, looks bumpy, and green all over? I believe that would be Kale! Which just so happens to …

Black berries on a bush

Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

Fiber is a very important nutrient that benefits the body in many ways, from weight management to maintaining a …

Recent Publications related to Local Foods

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

Observing worms in a vermicompost bin.

Vermicomposting in Childcare Center Gardens

This publication is a how-to guide for starting a garden-related vermicomposting bin in a childcare …

Adding

Composting in Childcare Center Gardens

This publication is a how-to guide for starting a garden-related standard compost bin in a …