The land of western North Carolina is rich with beautiful and highly productive farms. We are lucky to live in a region so chock full of great local food, not to mention awesome farmers!
As the season is progressing, I would like to send a shout-out to our many area farms and farmers. These individuals work very hard to provide produce, flowers, meats, cheeses, etc. of excellent quality. Thanks for all you do!
There are two excellent means of procuring lovely local produce and goods: the area farmers markets and C.S.A’s (Community Supported Agriculture).
The farmers markets are a “come one, come all!” situation, in which consumers can shop around and get what they need for their household and support a number of farmers and local crafts-people. Say, you just want some berries, lettuce and goat cheese.
Or one can join a C.S.A, and this creates a direct relationship between the customer and one farm and its farmers. Generally, a C.S.A lasts the length of the season (approximately May through October) and participants pick up a box of fresh produce once a week, opting for a full share or a half-share, according to the size of your household. Typically, one would sign up as a member of a C.S.A before the season begins, but you can always check with a farm to see if they have open spaces. It’s always nice to have options, but the fundamental importance here is supporting our local farms.