Did you know that Charlotte has several food tour services that are helping make our city’s diverse food culture? Companies like FEAST offer the “local” perspective on our food options. These services are really nice to have for those of us involved with our local food system because they help build awareness about the many food choices Charlotte has to offer. The food tours are not just geared toward visitors. Locals can benefit from food tours because they offer a great way to quickly see several food businesses in one day. These tours naturally promote the food businesses in town thinking outside the box and quite a few of those businesses are supporters of the local food system. We encourage people to keep these tour services in mind and consider going on one if you want to spend a nice afternoon getting a little more in depth with our food culture!
We are really happy to announce the CHS workplace CSA is now available to Carolina’s Healthcare employees working at the airport center buildings. Employees can get fresh, local produce, meats, eggs, and other foods delivered to the workplace in any of the following buildings:
- Building L
- Building P
- Building O
- Building J
- Building G
- Building E
CHS LiveWell and Know Your Farms CSA are working together to bring healthy food options to CHS employees. You can sign up online at the CSA website by April 1 to get in before the first deliveries. We will begin delivering local food from local farmers to CHS Employees in April.
For more information, please check out the following links:
We have an opening at South Park Earthfare for a location manager starting in April. The South Park Location Manager is responsible for making sure our great local foods get into the correct member’s hands! The LM will need to be available from 5:45pm – 7:15pm every Wednesday. We would like to find someone in the South Park area who is enthusiastic about local food or CSAs and will help us promote the KYF CSA while at the drop.
Please make sure this time period and day works with your schedule before contacting us. In exchange for helping us out, you get a medium share of produce!
Please email us if you are interested and include the best time to contact you.
Home delivery from Charlotte’s CSA service, Know Your Farms, is now available for a growing number of neighborhoods. The Elizabeth neighborhood is the first of a growing number of areas supported by the home delivery option. Each area will have at least one coordinator who lives in the area helping KYF distribute local food shares. Other neighborhood areas that can get home delivery are Dilworth, South End, South Park, NoDA, Plaza-midwood, and Sedgefield. Uptown Charlotte will be able to participate in home delivery later in 2013. Neighborhoods north of Charlotte that can participate are Highland Creek, Skybrook, and Davis Lake.
Anyone interested in adding their neighborhood to the service areas should contact Know Your Farms through their website drop site form and area coordinator form. The forms are located under the Get Involved menu.
Know Your Farms
Know Your Farms has been providing local foods from Charlotte-area farms since 2008. Their CSA supports small family farms surrounding Charlotte. They are the only home delivery service in Charlotte that uses local foods from farms within 40-50 miles of Charlotte.
We are lucky to be in a state where local food interest has been increasing over the past decade in most parts of the state. In Charlotte, we have seen a significant increase over the past few years in supporting local ag and keeping our dollars in the local economy. Thanks to groups like the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Appalachian Sustainability Project, and the NC Cooperative Extension, North Carolina has really set an example for other parts of the southeast. Our state is not the only one showing a growing interest in moving back toward our roots in local agriculture.
Iowa, known for its commodity farming, is starting to see a bigger push for local and organic foods. Jason Grimm, a food systems planner in Iowa, says that local produce “is the fastest growing segment of food production” right now. One large cooperative grocery store there increased their local food purchases by almost 40% totaling around $1.7 million dollars last year alone. The cooperative’s manager says that they have seen their members seek out the local foods and are willing to pay slightly higher prices for better quality foods.
We are happy to be right in the middle of the NC local food system movement. KYF is proud to be a part of the local food system here in Charlotte. Our CSA and workplace CSA continue to get support from people in the community seeking out local foods from our Charlotte-area farmers. The increased interest has been noticeable over the past several years and it’s really encouraging to see this trend continue. If you would like to learn more about local food in Charlotte or get fresh, local food delivered to you, please visit online.