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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Looking for fresh, locally grown produce, but don’t have the time to shop around? We might have a solution for you. The Feast Down East local food buying club recently opened to the public, and it does not just benefit your health.

“I’m real excited about it. I’m excited about getting fresh fruit and produce and I’m looking forward to buying all summer long,” said Nancy Stoner, a first-time buyer with Feast Dwn East, a non-profit grassroots organization working to bring fresh local produce to your table.

“You know you’re getting the best produce you can,” Stoner said. “You know, it’s fresh, and it’s better than getting it at the grocery store.”

It’s free to join, and all you need to do is log on to the Feast Down East website to shop by product and farm.

“We’re in about six counties, and all of our farmers are listed on our farmer profile online, and so you can go on and read about the farmer before you buy the product,” Feast Down East’s Brittany Taggart said.

There are three locations you can choose from to pick up your fresh produce: two in Wilmington, including the Cameron Art Museum, and another in Burgaw.

The program started in 2007 as a response to massive job loss and high poverty in southeastern North Carolina. The Buyers’ Club officially opened last month online. But the goal is not simply about nutrition.

“It’s keeping food dollars local,” Taggart said. “That helps businesses and also helps farmers. If we’re keeping stuff local, it’s not being shipped all across the country. We’re helping each other out.”

After signing up online, pick-ups are held every Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the three different locations.


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