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What’s local right now?
Starting this week we’re making some big changes in our local purchasing. From now on all of our chicken and eggs, and one of our salad greens will be local EVERY DAY!

Eggs

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Here at Guilford Dining we think it doesn’t matter which came first as long as both are good clean local food. All of our eggs come from the Carolina Egg Companies, out of Nashville, NC. Carolina Egg Companies, a subsidiary of Braswell Foods, is a fourth generation family owned company  that has been producing eggs and egg products for American families and businesses for over 45 years.

Braswell Foods, one of the largest organic feed and egg producers in the United States, is very proud to be American Humane Certified by the American Humane Association, (the nation’s original monitoring and labeling program) which ensures the humane care of farm animals; as well as, receiving the ISO 14001 Certification for its industry leadership as an environmental steward.

All of the pasteurized eggs used for omelets, scrambled eggs, and other dishes come from The Carolina Egg Companies.

All of our shell eggs used for fried or scrambled eggs also come from the Carolina Egg Companies, and are Cage Free and American Humane Certified.

Fun Fact
Eggs are all-natural, and one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals—all for 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more.

Chicken

All of our fresh chicken comes from Hopkins Poultry. This family owned business based out of Browns Summit, NC has been selling poultry for generations. All of the chicken is hand cut, a dying art in these days where machines do just about everything.

Buying from local companies like Hopkins Poultry keeps more of the money spent in our communities. It also reduces the distance food has to travel from farm to fork, which means fresher, tastier food, and a lower carbon footprint.

Fun NC Poultry Facts

• Poultry is the #1 Agricultural Industry in North Carolina

• North Carolina is ranked #3 Nationally in Total Poultry Production

• Over 5,700 Farm Families produce Poultry & Eggs in NC

*Information from the http://www.ncpoultry.org/facts

Did you know?
The average American consumes 90 pounds of chicken, 17 pounds of turkey, and, 20 dozen eggs per year. Americans eat chicken more than any other meat.

Salad Greens

Salad: the  carnivore’s nemesis, or a vegetarian’s delight? Well, not all salads are created equal. Guilford Dining is committed to providing 1 choice of local salad greens EVERY DAY. As the seasons change, so do the varieties of greens available. Sometimes we’ll have a tender mix of greens that could be sweet or spice, other times it will be chopped head lettuces, or arugula. This offering will change at least every few weeks, if not sooner.

Here are just a few of the places we will be buying salad greens from throughout the year.

Cottle Organics

Cottle Organics Video

Cottle Organics is a 40 acre farm that has been certified organic since 2007. Located on I-40 in Rose Hill, 35 miles north of Wilmington, it is owned and operated by Herbie Cottle. Having been raised on a family farm, Herbie continues the family tradition of growing vegetables of the highest quality. His produce harvested at the peak of ripeness, flavor, and nutritional content is better for you and your family’s health. Cottle Organics uses sustainable farming practices without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or synthetic pesticides. These organic practices benefit the environment and Cottle Organics is dedicated to saving the environment for future generations.

Faucette Farm
Faucette Farms has a rich heritage in North Carolina dating back to the early 1900’s. The farms was founded as a small family tobacco farm with minimal amounts of produce. Throughout seven generations, the Faucette’s have poured their love, energy and respect into the land in order to squeeze out just enough to support their families. Thanks to the hard work of loyal employees, the farm has been able to grow exponentially in comparison to its humble beginnings. Today, Faucette Farms is also able to supply produce to a multitude of families in the community and other establishments.

The Guilford Farm
The Guilford College Farm is a perfect example of stewardship in practice. The farm gives our students more options for healthier food by providing fresh produce for Guilford Dining Services, sells extra produce to local restaurants like Elizabeth’s Pizza and Lucky 32, and donates extra food to non-profit organizations like Backpack Beginnings, which focuses on eliminating child hunger in our community. The farm also participates in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, so members of the Guilford community can buy shares in the CSA and receive a box of vegetables every week throughout the farming season. The program was so popular this year that a waiting list had to be created! But don’t worry if you didn’t make it on to the waiting list; every week, we host the Guilford Farmers Market on campus, where the farm sells extra produce and local farmers are also invited to the market to sell their crops to the Guilford community. You can find out more information on their Facebook page and in a recent article in The Guilfordian.

Eastern Carolina Organics
We market and distribute wholesale Carolina organic farm produce to retailers, restaurants and buying clubs. We think (heck, we KNOW) that a sustainable food system is based on providing fresh local fruit, vegetables, and herbs while protecting the environment.
We’re farmer-owned and we act like it. Eighty percent of our sales go right back to our growers. Our customers get fresh organic veggies and fruits, along with the knowledge that they’re enabling farmers to protect their family land.
By pooling diverse harvests from several regions, we’re able to meet the demand for a steady stream of high-quality, seasonal food choices throughout the year.

“We were born in 2004 as a project of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and a recipient of a $48,000 Tobacco Trust Fund Commission grant. The goal of CFSA then is our mission now—to support emerging organic farmers and organic tobacco farmers while improving the supply of local organic produce.
In 2005, we became a private, grower- and manager-owned LLC with 13 grower and 2 staff owners. Today, ECO works with over 40 growers and 100 customers.
In 2011, CFSA recognized ECO as its Business of the Year, stating, “ECO is honored for their commitment to helping sustainable family farms thrive in the Carolinas.”