Grist, an online magazine and nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on environmental issues, recently published an interactive map of the United States showing how residents in each state are “breaking the status quo when it comes to production of, access to, and education about food — but in a way that’s characteristic of, or addresses a particular need in, their home state.”
North Carolina is represented by Hillsborough’s own April McGreger, local food champion and founder of Farmer’s Daughter Brand pickles and preserves.
McGreger, who spent time doing geological research in Italy before realizing she was more interested in the food that grew in that country’s rich volcanic soil than studying the volcanoes themselves, learned canning and preserving growing up on a small family farm in rural Vardaman, Mississippi. She launched her business in 2007 to support local farms and celebrate Southern culture by reviving traditional recipes–or developing her own innovations. As she likes to say, she is “in conversation with tradition,” not bound by it. Her products are inspired, sometimes surprising, and always delicious.
As she told Grist’s Eve Andrews,
For me, [this business] started as … keeping as much money as possible in the pockets of farmers…and then creating good and honest food with no ingredients we can’t pronounce.
Visit the Farmer’s Daughter website to learn more and sign up for the Community Supported Preservery: