Category Archives: Local Foods

Benevolence Farm CSA

csa1Join the Benevolence Farm CSA this fall and support formerly incarcerated women as they transition into our community. Benevolence Farm is an innovative social enterprise non-profit located in Graham, NC. Our mission is to provide women leaving prison with the opportunity to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self, and foster community. Our CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is one way to support residents and their re-entry process.

Instead of buying produce at a farmers’ market or a grocery store, CSA members purchase a share of a farm’s harvest up-front. This model is beneficial to farmers because they can use CSA profit to purchase supplies, make plans for crops before the season unfolds, and anticipate harvest yields. Once Benevolence Farm residents move in and take ownership of the farm enterprise, the CSA will be a way for them to practice business management, customer relations, and a number of other transferrable business skills that they can apply to future careers. By becoming a Benevolence Farm CSA member you are not only purchasing fresh, locally grown produce but also supporting residents in their re-entry journies.

The fall CSA season runs from approximately September 19-November 21. A full share costs $250 ($25 of produce/week for 10 weeks) and a half share is $150 ($15 of produce/week for 10 weeks) Pick up locations in Graham, Elon, Burlington, Durham, and Chapel Hill available. More information and CSA sign up can be found here.

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A Healthy Teriyaki Sauce

imagesCAV2OT53Hello Friends,
If you are seeking tasty sauces for quick meals and want to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), tons of sodium and suspect ingredients, I hear your pain. I have been seeking an alternative to my former favorite teriyaki sauce by Kikkoman. I have spent months trying different natural ingredient brands but they either taste weird, are not as yummy or satisfying as the Kikkoman brand and/or cost $6 or more per bottle. I love using teriyaki sauce to make my fried tofu (marinade tofu overnight in teriyaki sauce, then press out the moisture, batter in bread crumbs and pan fry with coconut or grape seed oil. I have missed this quickie dish and others due to my frustrating teriyaki sauce search. God is so good as I finally found a brand with all natural ingredients, lower sodium and it only costs $2.49 per bottle!!!. Harris Teeter’s HT Traders brand Teriyaki Sauce has won the taste, price and simple ingredient test for me and my family. I even used in on some vegan chick strips (Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic brand) for a tasty teriyaki vegetarian chicken meal at church potluck that was a hit (I added steamed broccoli and brown rice to complete the simple dish).

I just found even better news today. Harris Teeter now has this delicious simple sauce on sale buy 1 get 1 free until Tuesday July 2 2013. Oh goodie! 2 bottles for only $2.49. If no Harris Teeter is convenient to you, it is worth the trip to stock up for the future. Did I mention it comes in a light protected GLASS bottles too! I love it!!!

See below for the nutrition facts and ingredients list for these 2 brands below. Note the much lower sodium in the HT Trader’s brand per serving (380mg sodium for a 2 TBSP serving versus 610mg sodium for a 1 TBSP serving of Kikkoman brand). Now who really uses only 1 TBSP teriyaki sauce? Sure the HT Traders brand has more total sugars but they are sourced from sugar and pineapple juice and not HFCS. Let me know how you like it on your favorite dishes.
NOTE: For a soy free and/or gluten free base sauce, try the Coconut Secret Raw Organic Coconut Aminos. You can find it in Co-ops, Whole Foods, EarthFare and online at The price is much lower in stores so don’t be alarmed by the online price; a little goes a long way.

Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce ingredients

HT Traders Teriyaki sauce12.00 oz ingredients
SKU / UPC: 072036704689
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 tbsp
Servings Per Container 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 380mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber -1g 1%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%
Water, Sugar, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Garlic Puree (Garlic, Water, Citric Acid), Pineapple, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Ginger, Rice Vinegar, Corn Starch, Sesame Seeds, Tamari Powder (Tamari Sauce [Soybeans, Salt, Wheat], Maltodextrin, Salt), Sesame Oil, Garlic, Onion Powder, Ginger Powder, Xanthan Gum ( Natural Thickener).

*Y.A.A.H = yummy- affordable available-healthy

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How Far Does Your Food Travel before You Eat It?

 How Do You Like Your Eggs? Ever wonder how many miles your food travels before it makes its way into your home? Check out this fun video that shows the surprisingly long journey a carton of eggs must take to get to your local grocery store!

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Elon Community Church Farmers Market


Corner of Williamson Ave & Haggard Ave
Elon, NC 27244
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When and Where  

Thursdays 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Located on the lawn of Elon Community Church across from Elon University

Elon Community Church Farmers market is a congregation supported farmers market. The market offers a friendly atmosphere with local farmers and personal attention to customers. Aside from vegetables, organic and produce items, the market also includes a variety of protein options including beef, chicken, pork, goat, and catfish. Locally produced cheese, eggs, baked goods, seasonal fruit, and honey products are available as well.

The market offers handmade birdhouses and other crafted items. Market vendors offer gardening advice as well as educate customers how to use seasonal fruits and vegetables. The market aims to create greater awareness for the health and economic benefits of buying local. Come and join the fun as a faith community, university community, and local producers share together at the market.

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Piedmont Farm Tour April 28-29

Piemont Farm Tour

April 28th and 29th marks the 17th annual Piedmont Farm Tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market. Stop by the store to buy your button for the event. $25 before the day of the tour, $30 the day of. The button is the ticket for your entire carload. There are 40 farms participating this year, including some of our favorite producers like: Cane Creek and Braeburn Farms, Benjamin Vineyards, Iron Gate Winery, Timberwood Organics and a bunch of other local farms! Learn where your food comes from. Visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Website to learn more.
Click for a map of the tour here.

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