Friday, November 13, 2009

More scouting local foods

This morning I had an email from Laura at Dark Days Challenge reminding us that it starts next week. I’m planning on going to the Farmer’s Market at Earthfare on Sunday afternoon, but don’t really know what kind of variety to expect. There is a farm out in Valle Crucis that I want to check out, so I googled “Watauga County sustainable farming” and found all kinds of things! First, I became a Facebook Fan of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. From there, I worked my way over to Local Harvest, where I was able to put in my zip code and the radius I was willing to drive (the radius for the challenge is 150 miles, but I’m starting with 25) to get a list of all the Local Harvest members in the area. I found the name of the farm – Maverick Farms in Banner Elk, not Valle Crucis. Sadly, the information they have on Local Harvest is very dated, and their website is also out-of-day and pretty useless. Still, I may have to do a Sunday drive in the country to check out this and some other places. The Yellow Wolf Farm in Lansing and High Country Grassfed, a farming cooperative to which they belong, look the most promising: local sustainable beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb, goat meat, eggs, goat cheese and goat milk soaps and lotions. I became their Fan on Facebook as well. But where the heck is Lansing? Even DH-the-geographic-know-it-all does not know. Fortunately, they also deliver.

This afternoon I went to Earthfare to order my fresh all-natural turkey, and saw that they had local trout. I’m thinking that’s going to be my first meal of the challenge...

1 comment:

sam said...

Sounds like you have quite a few local options! Our area is pretty much closed up for the winter, except for one small market that sells local vegies, eggs, cheese, etc. Very few local sources for meat or poultry. Last week I was happy to learn that a co-worker whose kids are in FFA would have some grass-fed beef to sell. Another person in my building brings in eggs every week. It's nice to truly know the farmer, but it's a little too random to rely on for meal planning :-)