BUY LOCAL FOOD CAMPAIGN
We aim to raise public awareness and support for the local food movement through various marketing and media promotions. The goal is to educate consumers on the importance of buying local food and supporting agriculture across Southeastern North Carolina. This is important because consumer demand is a key element in generating market outlets for the sale of local food. Some of our previous efforts have included farmers' market promotions, highlighting locally-sourcing restaurants, and general consumer education campaigns.
In order to achieve a thriving, equitable food system, it is important that all consumers have access to sources for local food. Feast Down East helps to empower consumers through our Buy Local Food Campaign, which provides information about where and how to purchase local food from a variety of sources. However, we recognize that some individuals and communities face unique barriers such as financial, geographic or educational challenges. In an effort to provide additional support to limited-resource consumers, Feast Down East offers the Local Motive Mobile Farmers Market.
WHY BUY LOCAL?
Buying local food helps support farm families and their businesses. Each purchase keeps your dollars circulating in the local economy, an investment in the future of our food system.
Fresh fruits and vegetables picked and consumed at the height of their season are not only delicious, they're packed with nutrients. The faster that produce makes it to your plate, the fresher it is for you and your family.
The consumption of items grown, raised or caught locally can significantly reduce the environmental impact of packing, storing and transporting your food. Also, smaller farms tend to use their resources wisely and respond to the community's feedback in order to maintain a good reputation.
A vibrant local food movement brings people together around the issues that matter, like those above. It is one of the most tangible ways we can care for the well being of our community today and invest in the future.
FARMers market map
Click here to view a map of farmers markets in the Southeastern NC area (New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Bladen, Carteret, Columbus, Duplin, Onslow, Robeson, and Sampson Counties).