Local Food and Farmers’ Markets: The Tastes and Sounds of NC Fresh Catch

June 2, 2014

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What could be better than sustainable, local produce? Celebrating it with music and art! That’s the mission of NC Fresh Catch, “a statewide concert series promoting the richness of North Carolina’s natural and creative resources,” and the subject of our newest installment of “Local Food and Farmers' Markets.”

The festival includes music of multiple genres, including blue grass, jazz, and rock, guaranteed to please listeners of all kinds. The festival food is provided by local vendors and refreshments by local breweries, further connecting the people to the produce of their region.

The next stop on their musical tour comes this Saturday, June 7th, from 1-7 p.m. in Raleigh’s Moore Square. Seafood will have a special role in this festival, with commercial fishermen bringing their catch to Raleigh to be cooked on site by famous chefs from around North Carolina, and dishes that include a clambake, fish and chips, Jamaican peppered prawns, and more.
While visitors are chowing down, they can enjoy reggae from The Kata Band, country from Rissi Palmer, and funky tunes courtesy of “The Heritage.” In between sets, DJ Pangean will keep the music going with new and old favorites. Local artists will also set up their own booths, further supporting the work of the local community.

The best part? NC Fresh Catch raises money for nonprofits, and has so far contributed over $14,000 to support groups like Nourish International, a Carroboro organization that works with students to fight poverty.

TLC is proud to have a presence at the event, and our volunteers will be helping out throughout the festival. We at TLC are very excited for all the food, music, and art that NC Fresh Catch has to offer, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our partners in our efforts towards protecting local foods and farms and clean water. In addition to our work to preserve Triangle farming communities, we’re also a partner in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative safeguarding clean drinking water by protecting lands along the Neuse River. This important initiative has protected over 40 miles of streams, which all flow downstream, eventually to the Pamlico Sound the source of some of our best seafood.

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