Spotting local food just got a lot easier. Earlier this week, Piedmont Grown launched a label that identifies farm fresh foods and artisan products that have been grown and produced within the 37 counties that constitute the North Carolina Piedmont.
Noah Ranells, a project manager for Piedmont Grown, as well as a farmer and the Ag Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County, says the new brown and green label can appear “anywhere where food is sold.” Artisan producers who have been certified by the non-profit can place the local logo on their foods, for instance, and complying farms can display the labels with their products.
So far, Ranells says over 100 restaurants, farms, and producers have been certified. It’s a number he hopes will continue to grow in an effort to connect consumers to a local food system.
For information about the certification process, interested farms and producers should visit Piedmont Grown's website. There, consumers can also access a directory and map of participants.