How To Eat Locally in January
When faced with weighty, life-changing decisions: Obama or Clinton, Grad School or Stable Employment, Rent or Buy, I prefer to return to the more immediate, more pleasant choices such as, Chicken or Fish? Even these decisions do not lack a sense of responsibility, and so I would like to help us all out in making those less complicated choices just a little easier.
If you are like me, all excited about local food when its flowing abundantly into my lap in late July, you may be sharing my feelings of guilt when I purchased, for example, Chilean asparagus last week. What to do? First, I recommend Mark Peters’ informative article in this month’s New Life Journal on winter local eats. I’ve also done some field research of my own, so pay close attention.
Dark Cove Farms produces goat cheese- can be found at Greenlife
Spinning Spider Creamery (I’m not a fan but many folks are) produces many varieties of goat cheese- sells at Ingles, Earth Fare, and all the Co-ops
Yellow Branch Cheese produces milk cheeses- sells at Earth Fare, Greenlife, and the Hendersonville Co-op
Split Creek Farm offers goat cheese, goat milk fudge, goat milk soap-sells through mail order and at their farm stand
Goat Lady Dairy- located in the whimsically named Climax, NC, the Goat Lady is a personal aquaintance who sells various goat cheeses, soft and hard, at Greenlife.
Shelton Farms in Jackson County sells greenhouse Bibb lettuce (yummers!) at Ingles
Sunny Creek Sprouts located in Tryon, I think, sells alfalfa and clover sprouts, also lima beans at Ingles, Greenlife. I’ve been buying their sprouts for years and never knew they were grown locally until today.
Jafasa Farms produces greenhouse grape tomatoes- sells at Ingles
Robbins Family Farm produces potted herbs-sells at Ingles
Jake’s Farm grows greens and lettuce in the greenhouse- sells at Greenlife
Local eggs taste SO MUCH BETTER than other eggs. I promise.
Blue Hill Farm produces eggs and also cornmeal- sells at Greenlife, Earth Fare
Hickory Nut Gap Farm produces eggs- sells at Greenlife, Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op
Farside Farm Eggs- sells at Greenlife, FBFC, and their farmstand on North Merrimon Ave. past Beaver lake on the right
You can’t go wrong with Hickory Nut Gap Farm Spring House Meats-grass-fed beef, beef and pork sausage can be found at Earth Fare and Greenlife. I don’t know if they are regularly offering pork or other meat cuts, quite yet, but ask the store manager or visit the website for more information.
Imladris Farms offers jams, jellies, and sometimes mushrooms (not right now, though)- I think this can only be purchased online.
Local pasta makers and upside-down flag activists sell homemade pasta at Earth Fare on Saturdays. I love their eggs noodles, but have not enjoyed their more adventurous creations such as chocolate or chipotle pepper pasta. You may feel differently.
The Mount Olive Pickle boycott is long over, since they agreed to offer reasonable wages and housing to their migrant farmworkers, and now they are touting local, NC pickles. What a turnaround! Viva Mount Olive!
I will add to this list as I learn more. The local options at Ingles are quite exciting, don’t you think? Good luck, and happy shopping.