Let's Talk Turkey!

Often times, we do not give much thought to what we are actually eating. If it is on sale, convenient, well marketed and looks good – we throw it in our grocery cart. In our naivety and ignorance, we can actually be putting dangerous, unhealthy substances into our bodies and those of our loved ones to save money and time. This year, when you choose a turkey to grace your holiday table, please consider the following:

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Think Global, Act Local

The Community Market Co-op is built on the premise that each of us can make healthier choices for ourselves, our families, our local environment and our world. The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” fits right into this philosophy! The origin of this famous mantra is debatable, with credit being given to the Scottish town planner and social activist, Patrick Geddes in 1915, founder of Friends of the Earth David Brower in 1969, U.N. advisor Rene Dubos in 1972, and Canadian futurist Frank Feather in 1979. No matter who first coined the term, this environmental call to action is relevant for us today in regards to where and how we purchase our food.

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What does the Organic label really mean and why is it important?

“The Community Market Co-op is a locally planned food co-op that will be located in the Fuquay Varina area; a full-service, community-owned grocery store which will emphasize products which are locally grown and raised, organic, minimally processed, healthy and fairly traded.” -Excerpt from www.thecommunitymarketcoop.coop Most of us are completely comfortable with the idea of locally…

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4 Summer Salads You Have to Eat Right Now

Want to avoid cooking in a hot kitchen this summer? Have some extra tomatoes and veggies from your garden you need to use up quick? Check out these four amazing salads for some easy meals this summer: Orange Sunflower Slaw (from Vegetarian Times) Dressing ½ cup orange juice 3 Tbs. olive oil 2 Tbs. apple…

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Avian Influenza Could Impact National Egg Supply

The Avian Influenza virus that has killed nearly fifty million layer (laying??) birds in fifteen states–consequently gutting the commercial egg industry and driving up prices–has stayed away from North Carolina thus far, but that could change with the seasonal migration of wild birds. And if it does, it could hit small producers as hard or harder than commercial ventures.

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Attracting Eastern Bluebirds to Your Garden

Many thanks to our guest author and co-op owner, Carol Stein for contributing this article. Eastern bluebirds are my companions in the wee morning hours from February through June when the males serenade potential mates.  It’s not just romantic chatter – male blues will defend territory to the death against rival suitors. ~Healthy insects attract…

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Meet Siri Orchards!

Siri Orchards,  located in Angier, North Carolina, is a family-owned holistic* orchard that was born out of a passion for growing good food and giving back to the nature and community. “We are working on building and raising a multi-fruit orchard. So far we have blueberries, blackberries, apples, pears (Asian and Native ), persimmon, jujube,…

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Good & Cheap: Eating Well on a Limited Budget

Eating a healthy, nutritious meal can have many obstacles for people, but money should not be one of them. As recently as 2014, 46 million people were on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) and millions more live on limited grocery budgets. To help with this daily challenge, The Community Market Co-op co-hosted “Good…

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Ogburn Farm Tour

On Saturday May 16th, the Ogburn family once again welcomed The Community Market Owners for a Spring tour of their farm. It was a gorgeous, warm afternoon perfect for walking the fields and learning about what makes Ogburn Berries & Produce one of the amazing Producers we are so fortunate to have in Wake County.…

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The NC 10% Campaign

[Written by Anne-Marie Kaden. Read her bio at the end of this post. photo source: NC 10% Campaign] Did you know that North Carolinians spend $35 billion on food each year? If we, as a whole, spent just 10% of that money on locally grown food, $3.5 billion dollars would be pumped right back into…

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