Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Whole Foods Looking For Local Growers

According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than half of the farms in the United States have sales of less than $10,000 a year. On Tuesday, there was an event at City Roots in Columbia aimed at changing that statistic.
Whole Foods used the venue to recruit local produce and goods, something that would benefit not only the company but the Midlands as well. 
"There's no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives," said John David Harmon, Special Coordinator for Whole Foods' South region. "That doesn't exist in our store."
In a country where it seems food grows on conveyor belts, Whole Foods, which is building at Cross Hill Market in Columbia, is going back to basics.
"We're sitting down with local producers talking about what we're looking for in local products here in South Carolina."
From chocolatiers to bee keepers, on Tuesday, people from all over the region showed off their produce in hopes of getting it on Whole Food's shelves
"For the farmers it's especially important," explained Eric McClam, co-founder of City Roots, "it's another outlet for us to sell our stuff and produce."
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