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USDA Local Food Directories

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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January 13, 2021

Search your area by zip code and distance for farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSA's and food hubs. Information on locations, products available, payments accepted, winter markets, etc. available.

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What's In Season? NC Produce Availability Chart

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
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January 13, 2021

Collards year-round; green peas mostly in May?! Use this guide to plan menus and purchase produce that is in season in NC. Buying produce in season is fresher, tastier and often times less expensive. This is especially helpful for knowing when seasonal, cycle menus may need to change.

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NC Seasonal CACFP Cycle Menus

NC CACFP -- Nutrition Services Branch, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services
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January 13, 2021

Seasonal menus (meeting CACFP and NC DCDEE requirements) featuring NC produce. The menus include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks with links to standardized recipes. A blank template is also available to customize the menus to your facility.

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Local Foods: Child Care Center Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Series

Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension
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January 13, 2021

This series has 8 publications all related to building the best garden for your childcare center. The publications include details on creating a childcare garden, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables in both warm and cool seasons, snacking and cooking techniques and composting techniques

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Growing Edibles in Containers

Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) -- NC State University
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January 13, 2021

Never grown an edible garden but would like to start by growing some edibles in containers? This resource provides suggestions for how to get started.

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Starting Seeds in the Spring

Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) -- NC State University
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January 13, 2021

When should I start seeds indoors so they are ready to transplant outdoors in the spring? This resource gives specific answers to this question for several types of plants.

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