Piedmont Grown connects farms to consumers

Many people try to eat locally grown foods, but sometimes it’s easier said than done.

Piedmont Grown was established in 2011 to connect consumers to farms. Program Manager Noah Ranells said the term “local” has become too vague .

“It’s something that means something different to every grocery chain and is sometimes abused in the market place,” he said.

Ranells hopes Piedmont Grown cuts down on confusion.

“We want to become that seal—that identity of integrity,” he said.

Farlow Farm in Randolph County is one of 125 farms certified under Piedmont Grown. It’s operated by Russell and Jennifer Farlow and their two children Marlin, 7, and Ellarose, 4.

“There is definitely a movement,” Russell said. “Folks are wanting more and more local food. They don’t want it from two or three thousand miles away.”

Farlow Farm produce is sold at Deep Roots, New Garden Nursery and Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. They also sell produce to Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro.

Piedmont Grown certifies farms, grocery stores, markets, caterers, restaurants and more.

Find out more at piedmontgrown.org

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