In its mission to support Piedmont farms and rebuild a community-based food system, Piedmont Grown NC developed the Piedmont Grown program to expand local markets for Piedmont farms and to provide a way the public can easily identify products from local farms.
The Piedmont Grown program incorporates Piedmont farmers and other local food businesses including artisan food producers, retailers, wholesalers, institutional food service directors, and distributors. Consumers, businesses, and organizations are also important participants in the Piedmont Grown program, and we offer enrollment to supporting individuals, consumers, and businesses, with the latter two categories part of the listings on our searchable website. Enroll in Piedmont Grown and show your support for fresh, local, healthy foods.
When you buy food or a farm product with the Piedmont Grown label you are getting a product that was grown, raised, or made in our region by a local farmer. It means that you are buying a product that is fresher, better tasting, and more nutritious. Your support helps build a local food system that contributes to the local economy, which is better for the environment, preserves the farming heritage of the Piedmont Region, and protects our landscape.
The Piedmont Grown label is a certification mark. To protect the integrity of the label and the local food market, producers and retailers must agree to comply with certain logo use restrictions and sign a binding License Agreement. The requirements and agreement are meant to protect the label and state that the label may only be used to represent food and agricultural products grown, raised, or made by certified Piedmont farms.
At Piedmont Grown, we believe the labor and environmental issues associated with agriculture are important. We encourage you to get to know the farmers that grow your food and ask them about their production standards.. If you buy your food through a retailer, produce managers are often knowledgeable about the local farms that supply their store.
Jay Pierce Executive Chef, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Cary & Greensboro
Noah Ranells Ag Economic Dev. Coord. & Fickle Creek Farm, OrangeCounty.
Dani Rowland Rowland Family Farm & GoLocalNCFarms, Cabarrus County
Jonathan Romm Board Member, Company Shops Market, Alamance County
Casey Roe Sustainability Coordinator, Duke University
Debbie Roos Agriculture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham County
Lindsey Smith Manager, Chapel Hill Farmers Market