Welcome to GrowCharlotte.com
We believe that every community is centered around the supply and consumption of foods. Our vision is to create a public website that acts as a central location for people in the Charlotte area to learn more about where their food comes from, where it's available, and where they can find them.
We are continually working to develop the site's platform to support user profiles and business pages, host searchable listings for organizations that grow, buy and sell food within the Charlotte area. We will also be adding social networking capabilities along with interactive features such as media feeds, maps, and rating and feedback platforms. Having a central resource for community members to easily find and share information will assist in the growth of the local economy and foster a healthier community. Learn More
We are going through some changes this year...
Over the course of this growing season, GrowCharlotte.com will undergo many new changes. We will be consistently creating and adding new site features, functions and pages. Thank you for visiting GrowCharlotte.com and for your continued support!
* Please excuse any errors, or page downtime as we make these updates.
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Who Handles Your Food?
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Let the 2013 Market Season Begin!
Strawberries are in abundance! Visit your favorite Farmers Market to pick up yours for some Homemade Strawberry Shortcake or perhaps a pie? Check out these strawberry recipes from the North Carolina Strawberry Association
Pick Your Own Strawberries!
Hall Family Farm has been bringing families together for more than 70 years. The farm is located just off Johnston Road in Ballantyne and features hayrides, chickens, covered picnic tables, and activities for kids of all ages.
Visit our Flickr Page to see photos from our trip.
Visit the Hall Family Farm website.
NC Dept. of Ag Commissioner Challenges Restaurants to Go Local
A new program from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is aims to promote the bounty of N.C. agricultural products available during the growing season by challenging chefs from across the state to create new menu options in their restaurants. View the Official Press Release
See which restaurants already do...
Slow Money Charlotte
Around the country people are talking about Slow Money and staging conversations about the importance of investing in their local foodsheds. At the national level Slow Money is becoming a powerful force in affordable financing that feeds it's citizens healthy, safe, agriculturally sustainable, locally grown foods. In North Carolina Slow Money NC is putting these ideas into action. As of December, 2012, over 60 loans have been made to 30+ Slow Money North Carolina food entrepreneurs and/or local food businesses around the state totaling over $600K. Slow Money Charlotte
A Home for Healthy Food Shopping
The Healthy Home Market is a locally owned Natural/Speciality Foods store providing a wide-variety of organic/all-natural food, meats, and produce. Catering to customers, the market also provides a large Gluten-Free product selection and the Deli prepares healthy Grab & Go meals, as well as Raw/Vegan meals in-house. The Healthy Home Market has several locations throughout Charlotte.
Find one in your area by visiting Healthy Home Market's Website
Start 2013 with a juice cleanse!
Fruits and vegetables are a key component in improving our health and vitality. Yet in our everyday lifestyle the world moves too fast to include the proper amount in our diet to receive the maximum benefits. This is one of the many reasons more and more people have added juicing to their nutrition regimen. Not only does juicing allow for quicker absorption of vital nutrients, but by adding certain components by including plant based substance in your diet it can assist in reducing the risk of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Adding juice to your diet each day can also increase you energy levels. Find the right cleanse for you at Viva Raw or Luna's Living Kitchen
The Raw Milk Debate. Where do you Stand?
The purchase of raw milk for human consumption has become quite a popular topic lately. There are many supporters on both sides of the argument and North Carolina seems to be right in the middle of the spotlight for this debate. The Real Milk website states that the dangers of raw milk consumption are highly exaggerated and based on a 40 year old scientific theory that no longer holds any impact. Those who continue to fight against the legalization movement state that the consumption of raw milk can pose sever health risks. This leaves the looming question for our locavores. Where do you stand on this increasing battle on raw milk? Let us know by tweeting to @growcharlotte using #growcharlotte
Farm to fork at its best
With the increase in consumer interest of locally-produced food, it is no wonder that Cassie Parsons is determined to bring the movement to the Charlotte area in more ways than one. As the owner and chef of Harvest Moon Grille, a genuine farm-to-table restaurant located in Uptown Charlotte, Cassie believes that local food not only tastes better, but is better for you... Full Article
Charlotte Local Food Finder
Help kick-off a lively discussion about local food. This wiki is designed to be a beginning, and can become incredibly useful if we all participate. Let's get started! Add your favorite place, or...
See a mistake? Correct it.
Disagree with a review? Voice your opinion.
A location is listed that does not serve, grow or sell local food? Call them on it!
Come - join in!
Cassandra's Garden, A young girl's dream
Cassandras Garden was created from the simple combination of a young girl and a dream. It began when Cassie was just 6 years-old. That year her dad had fulfilled her request to build her a garden. Out of that garden grew a bumper crop of tomatoes and jalapeño peppers. At first, Cassie, her mom and sister used the newfound crops to make salsa for the familys enjoyment. They tried many different recipes until they came up with one of their own. After awhile family and friends... Full Article