Monday, April 9, 2012

Sourcing Local Food for Home Grown Gaston

Gaston County Cooperative Extension in cooperation with The Shelter of Gaston County and the farmers market will host the 2nd Annual Home Grown Gaston: Local Food – Local Causes event on May 22, 2012.

This event will hopefully fulfill several goals: to support and showcase our local farms and chefs, to let the public see firsthand how to utilize the food they can buy at area markets, to promote and encourage shopping at area farmers markets, farms and restaurants; and raise funds for a local cause.

This event cannot be successful without the full participation of area farms! Thus, we are looking to secure the following local food products from area farms:

  • Cabbage

  • Green Onions

  • Red Onions

  • Yellow Onions

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli

  • Garlic

  • Cucumbers

  • Roma or Plum Tomatoes

  • Jalepenos

  • Banana Peppers

  • Eggs
We are prepared to pay a fair price for your local food products, but also wish to have your presence at this event. We are willing to do an equal trade in tickets for product and/or provide a discount on tickets to the event, in exchange for a discounted price on product. In addition, we will showcase and promote you and your farm before and during the event. This will be a great marketing opportunity for farms direct marketing food products to the public. In addition, area chefs interested in purchasing local foods will be at your fingertips if you attend!

If you think you will have any of the above items available for sale in May and you wish to be apart of this great event, please email or call Lara Worden at or 704-922-2112.

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