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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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New Farmer’s Market in Atherton Mills

Apr 21, 2010 2 Comments

Great news for Charlotte foodies! This Spring, the old Atherton Mill trolley barn will become the site of a new, local-only farmer’s market.

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Food Can’t Get More Local Than This

Apr 19, 2010 1 Comment

Prior to last year, the only remarkable aspects of my gardening were the diversity of flowers I killed and the speed with which I killed them. Out of a desire to go green, I attempted a vegetable and herb garden last year despite this less-than-stellar track record. Somehow, it worked.

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The Tailgate: A Local-only Farmer’s Market in South End

Apr 13, 2010 Comments Off

There are times when Charlotte feels like a city, and times when Charlotte feels like a small, close-knit community. No better example exists of the latter than the Tailgate Farmer’s Market in South End.

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