Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local food, farmers markets and farms.
Each Spring and Fall the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association organizes a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with our local farms in the Triangle. Their mission, to support farming that’s good for consumers, for our farmers and farm workers and for the land, is straight forward. However achieving those goals can be complicated at times.
The CFSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership-based organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods. Through advocating for fair farm and food policies, the CFSA helps build the systems family farms need to thrive. The annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings attendees together to hear speakers, get hands-on experience with intensives, take tours and participate in networking opportunities.
The annual farm tours each April (Piedmont Farm Tour dates are April 26 & 27) and September (Eastern Triangle Farm Tour) allow Triangle residents the opportunity to become more familiar with local, organic agriculture in our communities. The tours help create a direct connection between farmers and consumers, adding a dimension beyond the farmers market experience. Farm tourists have the chance to see what really happens on a sustainable small farm, including how farm families balance their busy lives, grow food sustainably and market their products to make financial ends meet. Plus, the tours are good fun for the whole family with all that country fresh air and friendly farm animals. Don’t forget to pack a cooler to bring back the farm fresh goods many farmers sell during the tour weekends.