Helping each other build a local foodshed

June 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

A tiny item in this week’s Independent weekly caught my attention and made me prouder, and more hopeful than ever, that we are on our way to building a sustainable local foodshed here in the Triangle.

It seems that Fullsteam Brewery, the almost-ready-to-open pub featuring local-ingredient beer and cuisine in Durham’s increasingly foodie historic downtown,  is hosting a  Local Night fundraiser June 12 (doors open at 6) for Durham Central Market.  That’s the locavore grocery being planned for a location down the street. It’s  modeled after Weaver Street Market and ChathamMarketplace and will offer fresh, healthy food, raised by local farmers.

Fullsteam’s fundraiser will feature live local music and treats from the nearly-open Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe down the road a ways in Chapel Hill. Vimala has been feeding the community for years through a series of wildly popular potlucks in her home. Her fans and customers can’t wait for the cafe to open full-time.

All of this is fabulous news, but what really got to me is the fact that neither Fullsteam nor Vimala’s (featuring Indian and locavore cuisine)  are officially open yet themselves, yet here  they are pulling out the stops to help raise money to seed the Market. Gotta love ’em.

They’re helping each other build our local foodshed because they understand that a critical mass of viable community-food enterprises will be good for their businesses, for local farmers, and for the community at large.

You can participate in their sustainable dreams by supporting all three, not exactly a painful assignment. You may have to endure great beer, food, music and vibes, brought to you by entrepreneurs who support our local farmers and spend their money in our communities.

Turns out it’s not only wise, but it also may be fun, to put a little more of our money in our community-food market, and a little less in the far away stock market.  Or as Woody Tasch of Slow Money says, put your money where your food is.

–Dee Reid

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Entry filed under: Commentary, Events, Sustainable Food, Uncategorized, Whole Food/ Locavore Eateries. Tags: , .

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