Sourcing Your Food in a Time of Uncertainty

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We have all noticed the signs of the changing seasons, pulling us forward into spring with new blossoms and leaves budding out and warmer temperatures with sunny days to soak up. With all of the uncertainty of what the future holds, our garden and outside spaces can be places of refuge to calm and ground us.

Many people who have never gardened before are stocking up on supplies to start their gardens this spring. I love that, collectively, people are thinking more about where our food comes from, how our food system is structured, and what sources for food are out there that aren’t grocery stores. I hope that we continue to think about these things moving forward and work collectively towards systems that work for us all as our world continues to change.

The truth is that gardening is healing in more ways than one, and so us all gardening a little more is not a bad idea by any means. There is also another truth, that in your first year and in a small garden space, you might notice some difficulties with certain aspects such as making sure you have appropriate nutrition for your plants, knowing when to plant, and more. You might even see that growing food for yourself takes some trial and error. That is totally okay, and we have folks who have been gardening for a long while who are here to answer any questions you have. A great resource to check out is gardening.ces.ncsu.edu for information all about home gardening. See the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Rutherford County Center website to see gardening resources there as well. Hannah Bundy can be reached at hmbundy@ncsu.edu for any gardening questions that you have and to help with troubleshooting. We are here to help you succeed and are so excited that more people have the time and interest to connect with their land and their food. It is all so wonderful.

In the case that you are unable to garden this year, and are asking all of those same questions about where you can source your food locally and with minimal exposure to others during this time, I encourage you to like the Rutherford County Farmers’ Market Facebook page to stay updated on what kinds of markets we will be having. There are also options for buying directly from our food producers such as the Jones Family farm stand and Main Street Market in Rutherfordton. A Way Of Life Farm and Colfax Creek Farm are both offering online sales options through their websites, and more farms might be coming online and working through other solutions that work for their operations and continue to adhere to guidelines. Our local food producers are continuing to work to plant and produce for us all and have options that continue to prioritize your safety and health by providing nutritiously dense options for your family. If you have any questions about food sourcing please do not hesitate to reach out. I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy and well-fed with fresh garden and locally raised products.