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Buy local and organic--help save your food supply

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Buying locally, especially when you get organic produce and plants, is one of the biggest impacts you can make to ensure you and your family have nutritious food now and in the future.

Pandemics and the extreme weather that the climate crisis is causing are making people across the US food-insecure. COVID-19's raging through chicken, beef, and pork processing plants means supplies of those meats have been interrupted. This problem has been compounded at times when the pandemic affected interstate trucking. Besides, the farther food has to travel the more fossil fuel is used, and the more the planet warms.

However, we are fortunate because Haywood County and all of western North Carolina are home to a growing number of organic farms. We can buy eggs, meats, fish, vegetables, and fruit that's grown right here. That means that our food has more nutrients because the time from harvest to eating is so much shorter than food from hundreds of miles away.

Featured farm: Alongside other local farmers, organic farm Sustainabillies sells produce and starter plants at the Haywood Historic Farmers' Market every Saturday morning from 9 a.m.-noon.

Check out their web site, where Sara's blog gives you a wealth of skills from cooking to foraging; Also see Dustin's handmade garden sculptures and farming tools.

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