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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Have You Heard?

Have ya'll heard it's been hot lately? While the rest of us scrambled for the AC, local farmers scrambled everyday out in the searing heat and humidity to harvest fruits and vegetables trying to make a living. Please support these hard working souls by buying produce from local growers. Whether direct or from local or regional farmers markets, it is primetime for many summer fruits and vegetables.

I was searching for heirloom tomatoes at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market recently and this stall from Smith Farms located in Welcome,NC caught my eye. If a picture is worth a thousand words these three are literally a mouthful of localness.

This is marketing at its best. The German Pinks taste DEVINE! Seed saved since 1950 ( a very good year by the way) and pesticide free is the very definition of sustainable farming. Treat yourself to the goodness that grows in North Carolina and never take it for granted.



Other local farmers market options include the less cramped and much improved (now outside) Krankie's Farmers Market held each Tuesday from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Downtown Farmers Market on Thursday's and the Winston-Salem Farmers Market held each Saturday from 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM year round. Kudos to this market also. There are more vendors and greater variety this year and the turnout reflects the improved presence. If anyone is aware of other local or area markets or stalls please let us all know. I'm sure all area growers will appreciate your support.

Fresh, local, in season, produce is simply better and better for you. Any produce that only travels 20 or 30 miles or so is better and less expensive than traveling 2,000 miles. Go local! I think I'll treat myself to a BLT now if you don't mind.

If anyone has gardening questions or subject ideas, please e-mail me at doug.yarddawg50@gmail.com
-Yarddawg
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