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I enjoy being a High Country Food Hub customer!

Have you placed an order with the High Country Food Hub yet? If not, you’ve got to take advantage of this easy, convenient online farmers market that we are so lucky to have in Watauga County.

A food hub, according to the USDA, is “a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.”

As of 2017, about 10 food hubs were known to be operating across North Carolina, with most in the Triangle area — but few of those sell products directly to the consumer like the High Country Food Hub does. And other online food ordering programs do not make it clear where the food is coming from; our food hub offers only food produced within a 100-mile radius, and its website makes it easy to read about the farmers and producers who are growing and making the food.

The hub emails reminders about when the ordering period opens and closes, and you’ll even get a text reminder toward the end of the pickup day if you haven’t picked up your order yet!

All of this and more is possible thanks to the efforts of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, an organization dedicated to helping build an equitable, sustainable High Country local food system by supporting producers and cultivating community connections that educate, inspire and increase the demand for local food. Their programs include not only the Food Hub but a winter farmers market and the Tuesday King Street Farmers Market, Lettuce Learn school gardens and Double Up Food Bucks, a healthy food incentive program that doubles the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at farmers' markets.

This organization is making a visible impact on the High Country, and they need our support! Check out www.brwia.org to learn more.

Anna

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