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Local farmers’ markets are part of the 10% Local Food Campaign

Posted Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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PITTSBORO, NC — On Sept. 7, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the statewide 10% Local Food Campaign, which urges residents to buy and consume locally grown foods. Funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, the campaign is co-sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Debbie Roos, agriculture extension agent and the campaign’s local foods coordinator for Chatham County, said that the county’s four local farmers’ markets are a great source of local foods. They are open through November.

· Fearrington Farmers' Market, Tuesdays, 4:00 pm til early evening, Fearrington Village near Pittsboro

· Pittsboro Farmers' Market, Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 pm at County Fairgrounds, Pittsboro

· Siler City Farmers' Market, Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm in downtown Siler City

· Carolina Brewery Farmers' Market , Saturdays, 8:00 am-noon at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro

Local foods can also be found at roadside stands, pick-your-own farms, local restaurants, co-op grocery stores, and community-supported agriculture programs. To learn more about the 10% Campaign and where to buy local in Chatham County, visit Cooperative Extension’s website and click on “Local Foods” in the left column.

The website also includes information on home gardening and community gardens. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 or for more information.

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