Farmers’ Market Recipe: Arbol Pepper Honey Shrimp

Mar 12, 2012 Comments Off

This recipe has just four ingredients, but it rocked our socks the other night. The secret? Cloister Honey. If you live in Charlotte, you can find it at local food stores like Atherton Market, Reid’s, or Fabo. If you live outside of Charlotte, look for it at Dean and Deluca. The Cloister people are incredibly [...]

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CSAs in Charlotte

Mar 29, 2011 1 Comment

Last summer, I signed up for my first CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. The deal was simple: I paid $250 and volunteered one afternoon at the farm, and in return, Cold Water Creek Farms kept my kitchen stocked with organic produce for fifteen weeks in the late summer and fall. I opted for the half-share CSA, [...]

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Love the Earth, Drop Some Pounds

Jan 09, 2011 Comments Off

For all the benefits of green living, here’s another: it tends to make you thin and fit. A green diet contains less fat and empty calories; a green lifestyle involves more exercise. So while your mind is on the melting polar ice caps, your bod is getting ready for the beach.

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Is Your Dog An Eco-Dog?

Nov 13, 2010 Comments Off

Reduce your dog’s carbon paw print with these eco-friendly foods and pet supplies.

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The Salmonella Outbreak: How To Buy Safer Eggs

Aug 19, 2010 2 Comments

Today’s news of the massive egg salmonella outbreak has millions of Americans flocking to their fridges to see if they’ve got contaminated eggs. But the bigger questions are these: Why do these outbreaks happen so regularly, and how can we protect ourselves against future ones?

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NC 10% Campaign Kicks Off in Charlotte… With a Song!

Aug 17, 2010 3 Comments

The NC 10% Campaign kicked off in Charlotte today with a song… quite literally.

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Local Honey: ‘Tis Sweet Indeed

Aug 05, 2010 1 Comment

Local raw honey — at last, those of us with sweet tooths can claim a health food!

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JW’s Farm: Preserving Heirloom Plants

Jul 22, 2010 Comments Off

It’s a startling statistic. In 1981, the number of seed varieties in catalogs was 5,000; today that number has dwindled to about 500. That decline is a stark representation of the effect of corporations’ greater control over the supply and distribution of seeds. Their concern? Bottom line. Enter JW’s Farm. JW’s is a micro-farm that brings fresh, local produce to Charlotte while preserving heirloom varieties of plants and supporting genetic diversity.

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Matthews Community Farmers Market

Jul 13, 2010 Comments Off

Very little can compel me to wake at sunrise on a Saturday, but the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market provides a convincing argument to set the alarm. This is the market that sells to the chefs of some of Charlotte’s finest restaurants, and it is the largest and most diverse growers-only market in our area.

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Garlic Scapes: Curly. Green. Different.

May 24, 2010 3 Comments

The highlight of my recent trip to the farmer’s market was an odd little veggie I had never tried before: the garlic scape. If you’re a garlic fan and haven’t tried one yet, your culinary world is about to be rocked.

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