Buy Appalachina feature partner: Hendersonville Community Co-op.
"Our customers want food from local farms," affirms Lamar Stribling, produce department coordinator for the Hendersonville Community Co-op. A sign over the lush and full produce section confirms the Co-op's dedication to satisfying the demands of their customers for locally grown produce. "We are committed to making the connection between local farms and food," says Stribling, "When you shop at the Hendersonville Coop, you are supporting local farms and the local economy." The Co-op now places special signs with the name and location of the farm over their produce that comes from local farms. The Co-op also supports local farms in its Blue Mountain Cafe. This organic care and juice bar serves vegetarian meals and hormone-free meats and goes out of its way to incorporate local and seasonal foods. They also provide a "grab and go" case for those in a hurry, that is re-stocked daily. From salads to vegetable plates, the Cafe serves up fresh food from local farms Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 3 pro. This year, the Hendersonville Co-op is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary and twenty years of support for local farms. They currently buy food from the Henderson County farms Oliver Organics, Windy Ridge Farm, Blueberry Hill Farm, and other local farms like Good Earth Organics and from the grower-owned organic farm cooperative Carolina Organic Growers (COG).
The Hendersonville Community Co-op is open seven days a week and is located at 715 Old Spartanburg Hwy. in Hendersonville and can be reached at 828-693-0505 or visited online at www.hendersonville.coop.
Charlie Jackson is the Local Food Campaign Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more info on ASAP, contact him at 828-293-3262, Charlie@BuyAppalachian.org.
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|Publication:||New Life Journal|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2003|
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