Celebrate Local Food!

To recognize the women and men who work so hard to produce local food for us, the Mitchell and Yancey County Cooperative Extension Services; Toe River Valley Watch; AMY Regional Library; and the Farmer’s Markets of Bakersville, Burnsville, and Spruce Pine have planned special events to celebrate local food and those who produce it. Everyone is invited to take part.

As a part of the Together We Read program this summer and fall, the AMY Regional Library is encouraging everyone to read the same book that folks in 17 counties of WNC are reading: Barbara Kingsolver’s, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Barbara says. “The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.” Her book is a lively account of how she and her family, over one year, tried to eat only local foods. She includes great recipes and fascinating facts related to the food industry and the benefits of supporting local farmers. Some of it is scary and some of it is fun, but everyone will enjoy the story. She lives just over the border in Virginia so she knows the mountains and our bounty. Each of our libraries has extra copies of the book so check it out. There will be a book discussion at the Yancey Public Library featuring her book and a program on local foods at 7 p.m. on the 25th of August and at the Mitchell County Public Library at 7 p.m. on the 15th of September.

Potluck lunches are planned for the Farmers’ Markets in Bakersville and Burnsville to which everyone is invited. The only requirement is that you bring a dish of your choosing (enough for you and 3 or 4 others) that you have prepared using locally produced food or baked goods from your kitchen. Lemonade and water will be provided as well as plates and other service items.

The first pot luck will be held at the Yancey County Farmers’ Market on the 29th of August from 1-3 p.m. The one in Bakersville will be held on the 19th of September from Noon until 2 p.m. Special programs including music and speakers will be included at each. If you plan to come, please call 682-6186 in Burnsville or 688-4811 in Bakersville and let us know how many folks in our party so we’ll know how many lemons to squeeze.

If you would like to read more about the importance of eating locally and eating healthy, visit your local library and pick up a reading list and also visit the AMY website at http://amyregionallibrary.org . For more information about growing your own contact Adam McCurry or Stanley Holloway, Yancey Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service (828-682-6186) or Jeff Vance or Jeremy DeLisle, Mitchell NC Cooperative Extension Service (828-688-4811). For more information related to the Pot Luck Lunches contact Starli McDowell, President of the Toe River Valley Watch (828-675-4311) and for more information related to the book discussions or Together We Read (including books for book clubs) contact Dan Barron, Director, AMY Regional Library (828-682-4476).

Your local Farmers’ Markets are in Bakersville, 8a.m. to Noon on Saturdays behind the Bakersville Clinic (Contact Jeremy DeLisle, 828-688-4811); Burnsville, 8 to 12:30 on Saturdays beside the Town Center (Contact Robert Thompson (828-682-0601), and Spruce Pine, 2-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on Upper Street on the Back Porch beside Wildflowers (Contact Jennifer Rambo, 688-5859). Eat Healthy—Eat Local! artical provided by WKYK