A Farmers View on Buying and Eating from your Local Community of Farmers

 

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One great thing about eating local is the freshness of the product. At Poverty Creek Farm we raise beef, pork and poultry along with a variety of vegetables and sale to the public and to restaurants. The freshness of the product is one of our keys to success. We pick vegetables before every farmers market, every restaurant order, so basically every day! What we don’t sell we feed to the hogs and chickens. We don’t sell anything we wouldn’t use to cook for our own children. Freshness is important, not only for taste, but for nutritional value. As vegetables age they deteriorate and lose a lot of their nutrients.

That freshness and that goodness is what keeps our customers coming back for more. Take our Bratwurst sausage for example, one of my biggest sellers… once you try it you’ll never want store bought cured bratwurst again! An all-natural casing provides for 4 links in a pound pack of a lean, high quality all pork products. A tried and true family recipe provides the perfect flavors to complement your backyard cookout, or your favorite vegetables cooked on a skillet.

At Poverty Creek, our animals are raised with no hormones, no steroids and no antibiotics. We use vinegar, diatomaceous earth (food grade) and a mindful eye that allows us to raise animals with traditional farming practices.  We don’t have to use conventional methods to keep our animals healthy, or get our vegetables to grow. We use natural practices, because we figure there is no need to manipulate something that works so well. Yes it may take a little longer for my peas to reach maturity than those big corporate farms, but sometimes things that are hurried along are not always the best. My vegetables and meat products may not contain fertilizers, steroids, genetic modifications, and artificial anything, but they do contain the love of a family who has dedicated their lives to the land, and the products they produce.

Website: www.povertycreekfarm.com 

Facebook: Poverty Creek Farm

Email: info@povertycreekfarm.com

Call: 828-289-8234

Support Your Farmers. Buy Local!

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Local farmers’ markets are filling up as locally-produced foods overflow the stalls.  Customers flock in to pick their fruits and vegetables from the massive offerings.  Eating fresh food, especially when it’s locally grown, is one of the sweet pleasures of Spring. Eating locally-grown, fresh produce is a pleasing rite of the new season, and Spring produce is rich with varied offerings.

Have you ever heard of the “Spring mix”?  These are leafy greens that are ready for harvest in the Spring.  Varied in color, texture, and nutrients, this mix makes a perfect leafy green salad mix.   While iceberg lettuce remains a staple for salads, adding leafy greens such as arugula, spinach, and romaine will round out your salad in texture, flavor, and nutrients.  The more colorful your salad, the healthier and more varied nutrition you will get.  The best idea is to eat them as fresh as you can- the more time lapses between harvest and ingestion, the fewer nutritional benefits you will receive.

There are plentiful fruits and vegetables that are ready to eat in the Spring:  asparagus, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, grapefruit, collard greens, and oranges are just a few of the vegetables and fruits that are ready to eat in the Spring.  Herbs such as chives, dill, lemongrass, marjoram, and oregano mature in time for Spring.

Eating foods fresh, when they are in season, helps your body to gain the most nutritional support from the foods.  The nutritional value of a food starts to decline when it is picked.  The fresher you can get the food, prepare it, and consume it, the more nutritional value you will receive.  Eating fresher foods also means that you will get the best flavor from the ingredients.  As foods move further and further from their harvest time, the flavors they hold get weaker or change.

When eating out, it’s best to choose restaurants which use locally produced foods.  This will provide better food with better nutritional value.  It also helps ensure that you will not be consuming preservatives or additives, because the food is fresh.  Overall, you will have a better dining experience with a better quality of food when you choose a restaurant that uses local produce and meat.

Want to support your local farmers but can’t make it to the market? Check out Farm to Front Porch. Their mission is to provide a fresh new way for the Charlotte area to think about local food. Their unified market and fast home delivery services will make it simple to buy the very best in farm fresh with absolutely none of the hassle.