Farmers' market raising profile of local foods
BY PAUL A. SPECHT - Garner-Clayton Record Staff Writer
The folks at the Clayton Farm & Community Market are looking to grow the popularity of local food even more this year.
When the farmers' market opens for its third season at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Kathy Bennek and two dozen vendors will kick off their efforts to convert Clayton eateries to spending 10 percent of their food budget on local products.
"The benefit of buying locally is the freshness," said Bennek, the market's president and seller of blueberries from her land on Creekside Farm. "The produce isn't coming from Chile or China, and you can talk to the people who grow it."
Clayton's market is the first in Johnston County to sign onto The 10% Campaign, an initiative of the Golden Leaf Foundation and the N.C. Center for Environmental Farming Systems. (full article)