Why Eat Local?
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp of Curry Powder
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Two to three tomatoes, diced
- 1 Pink Lady apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- One 15 1/2-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
- 1/2-1 cup of chopped Mustard Greens
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- OPTIONAL: 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add curry powder; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add onion, ginger, and garlic; cook until onion starts to soften and is well coated with curry mixture, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add cilantro, tomatoes, apples, and chickpeas.
- Cover; simmer until apples are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
- Uncover and add mustard greens; simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Just before serving, stir in yogurt.
- Local foods can be purchased at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, roadside stands and buy-in clubs.
- In grocery stores, ask the produce manager how the store labels local foods. Grocery stores that often carry local food items include Food Lion, Kroger, Lowe’s Food, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and Weaver Street Market.
- Farmers’ markets are a great way to purchase locally grown food straight from the farmer who grew it. Call your local cooperative extension office for more information on farmers’ markets near you. Also check out NC Farm Fresh's website to search for farmers makets by county.
- Buy-in clubs, sometimes called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), is another great way purchase local foods. Veggie Van is very similar to a CSA. CSA members or subscribers pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. Once harvesting begins, members receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a box, and also sometimes herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, as well. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.
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