Buy Locally from Sustainable Farmers

As we approach the holiday, it’s a good time to think about where that turkey, pork, or beef comes from that will round out your celebratory meals. We are fortunate to live in North Carolina, where good soils, climate, and plentiful water have allowed livestock farmers to thrive for hundreds of years. Farming is tradition here, but has continued to change with our food systems and markets.

Currently in the U.S., over 95% of our meat comes from factory farms. It hasn’t always been this way. Small family farms of the past were much more diverse, often growing their own vegetables as well as raising cows, pigs, and chickens for their own needs and to supply the local markets. The money earned by local farmers stays in the local economy. They are involved in and invest in the local communities.

These farmers also know that taking care of the land and water will ensure the survival of their farms. They use best management practices like fencing livestock out of streams, maintaining vegetative buffers, rotational grazing, and following a waste management plan to manage, recycle and utilize manure and nutrients effectively.  These practices make happier, healthier animals, and protect our environment.  As one local farmer, Colfax Creek Farm, puts it, “The goals of creating a better food system, regenerating the land and soils that we farm, and reviving rural communities around us all drive us to always become better farmers and stewards of our lands and animals.”

We are seeing a revival of small sustainable farms, and these farms deserve our support. Most local grocery stores do not carry local meat products, unfortunately. Luckily, we have farmers markets, and often the farmers sell directly from the farms.  It is a great opportunity to visit a farm and get to know the people who feed us.

Neuse River watershed

Rainbow Meadow Farm

1065 Lloyd Harrison Road, Snow Hill, NC

(252) 747-5000

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Ninja Cow Farm

7125 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 810-2530

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Minka Farm

120 Minka Farm Lane, Efland, NC

(919) 304-4999

farmer@minkafarm.com

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Prodigal Farms

4720 Bahama Road, Rougemont, NC 27572

(919) 477-5653

info@prodigalfarm.com

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Brinkley Farms

4233 Old Weaver Trail, Creedmoor, NC 27522

brinkleyfarms@aol.com

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Dawnbreaker Farms

3200 Breeze Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541

(919) 903-0200

ben@dawnbreakerfarms.com

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McAdams Farm

1100 Efland Cedar Grove Road, Efland, NC 27243

(919) 309-5935

callie.mcadams99@gmail.com

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Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farms

465 Yarbrough Road, Roxboro, NC 27574

(336) 599-1297

info@sunsetridgebuffalo.com

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Coon Rock Farm

1021 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

(919) 732-4168

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Nooherooka Natural

2029 Mewborn Church Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580

(252) 747-5054

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Farm on Grape Creek

323 Trenton Road, Cove City, NC 28523

252-814-4405

info@thefarmongrapecreek.com

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Tar-Pamlico watershed

MAE Farm

FARM: 57 Mitchell Church Way, Louisburg, NC 27549

STORE:1209 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

(252) 204-6900

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Ray Family Farms

6913 Pearces Road, Louisburg, NC

(919) 422-1372

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Renston Homestead and Strawberries on 903

4064 N.C. Highway 903 South, Winterville, NC 28590

252-321-3204

info@strawberrieson903.com

Lucky 3 Farm

384 Greys Mill Road, Louisburg, NC 27549

(919) 853-6304

traci@lucky3farm.com

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