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Local Foods Demonstration

By Kay Sokolovic

A special event showcasing CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) was held at The Scullery in Uptown Greenville on Tuesday, March 20. Locavore Market founder, Angela DeCuzzi, and The Scullery owner, Matt Scully, presented and discussed multiple ways to use local produce and meats from a Locavore Market and Nooherooka Natural CSA.

CSA box. Photo by Kay Sokolovic.

On display were vegetables from a typical early spring produce basket and contents of a Nooherooka Natural Spring Meat CSA – large box and market bag. Demonstrations on how to use these products, taste testing rutabaga chips, Nooherooka hotdog (which they refer to as “Nookdogs”) crostini, cabbage salad with apple cider vinaigrette, and marinated fresh rutabaga and turnip slices, and recipe ideas were part of the CSA demonstration.

Nooherooka Natural is a seventh generation family-run farm in Snow Hill. Their Black Angus cattle are pasture-raised without hormones, steroids or antibiotics, and are grain-finished from grains grown naturally on their farm. Their heritage breed hogs are pasture-raised without hormones, steroids or antibiotics. As they say “Our animals don’t do drugs!” They are currently offering a Meat CSA for April, May & June. Their product is available at multiple retail stores, farmers markets and home/office delivery through Locavore Market and is served in many restaurants in eastern North Carolina.

Locavore Market offers a unique approach for our area as a virtual farmers’ market providing home and business delivery in Pitt County. Working with local farmers and providers, Locavore Market brings these resources together to allow individuals to customize their produce CSA each week. Sign-ups for their 12 week Summer CSA is taking place now and begins in May.

Local Harvest lists the advantages of CSAs for farmers and consumers: 

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

 

One Response

  1. Anthony Noel says:

    I’ve enjoyed Nooherooka meats at a couple of favorite local restaurants. The flavor difference between it and the factory-farmed stuff is like night and day. This info (and the picture!) has me all jazzed to try the CSA approach to both meat and produce this year. Thanks for the write-up, Kay!

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