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.
When you can’t make it to the farmers’ market, sometimes the farmers’ market comes to you in the form of a trailer filled with all the food items you would expect to find at your nearest farmers’ market. That’s what the LoMoMarket is, a farmers’ market on wheels, traveling the Triangle, making daily scheduled stops in Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary and Raleigh.
Durham based LoMoMarket began in 2012 with the mission to aid in the expansion of the local foods market, helping farmers and local food producers connect with their consumers by offering a convenient way for the public to buy their goods. The products lining the mobile market shelves come mainly from Piedmont region producers and each is marked with a label so we know the farmer and their location.
Taking convenience to the next level, LoMoMarket allows shoppers to pre-order via their website. While the seasonal vegetable availability will vary, there is always a wide selection of dairy from Maple View Farm, cheeses from Chapel Hill Creamery, baked goods from Scratch and Guglhupf and a delicious array of prepared meals, soups and salads from The Lemon Tree. You can frequently find Firsthand Foods and Locals Seafood selections too. A recent “meal bundle” (ingredients and a recipe to make a dinner for four) included Locals Seafood NC-caught shrimp, Faucette Farms’ organic stone-ground grits, Cultured Cow Red Heifer cheddar cheese, Firsthand Foods’ pasture-raised bacon and one bunch of Faucette Farms’ organic spring onions to make shrimp and grits.
Take a few moments to peruse the LoMoMarket website, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to find out when they’ll be in your neighborhood and what’s new on the mobile local food market.