The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly impact everyone in our region, and particularly farms, local food, restaurants, and small businesses. Connecting with local food is, for many of us, more important now than ever. Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council (PTRFC) is committed to keeping and strengthening these connections, while adhering to public health directives and incorporating operational modifications as needed to protect the citizens we serve, our members, our partners, and our staff.
We want to help the community navigate this rapidly changing environment and connect folks to resources. We'll post updates here and on social media channels.
Call 211 for the most up-to-date access to food and other support services
How to Access & Support Local Food
Join a CSA. As a CSA member, you pay upfront to receive a weekly box of local produce, or other farm products and provide much-needed financial support to farmers at a time when other market outlets may be limited. Search the site to locate a CSA near you:
Local Harvest- search CSA's by city or zip code
Visit a farm stand. Many farms have a roadside stand or farm store. Some of these may have options for pre-order and pickup or self-service. Use these links to find farm stands by region: (contact farms to confirm hours of operation)
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association- On farm pickups & more!
NC Choices launched their website, Meatsuite, to help customers connect with locally produced high quality meats in bulk.
Find operating farmers markets and farms making deliveries or offering alternate pickup locations. Groups are working to collect information on which farms and local food vendors are currently offering alternatives to farmers markets. The information in these document will be updated as regularly as possible. Farmers markets can be found on this map.
Authentically Alamance Farmer and Producer Contact Information- vendors and producers
Authentically Alamance markets are beginning drive-through pick up on May 12th.
Fresh Carolina Swepsonville Farmers Market is offering curbside service.
The Caswell Extension Office has launched a new tool called the “Caswell Local Ag Producers" directory. This is for producers and consumers to find each other and help support local farm businesses.
Producers: Please fill out the online form, using the below url, to be added to the map. go.ncsu.edu/caswellfarms_Form
Consumers: Some farms are even doing deliveries, offering CSA style boxes, or providing alternative shopping methods. go.ncsu.edu/ caswellfarms
Farmers market in Yanceyville is open: details here
Farms with local pick-up: click here for the current list
Find a Farmer tool: map here
The Mocksville Farmers Market- 2020 market season is OPENING with special considerations in place on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
Bermuda Run Farmers Market is open.
Cobblestone Farmers Market continues with Saturday Markets (8:30a-12p) and will pilot a special weekday Pre-Order Pick-up Only option on Wednesdays from 4-6p beginning April 1st. See website for details.
Seed2Seed Farmers Market- https://www.seed2seed.org/farmers-market.html
Corner Market GSO- advance ordering program
Greensboro Farmers Curb Market- local food and vendor locator
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market- the market will remain open and operate under normal business hours. The market will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Greater High Point Food Alliance- food finder app
Growing High Point Food Hub- online produce market
Montgomery County Farmers Market is open and offering pre-order and drive-through options.
Eastern Randolph Farmers Market is open.
Market Square Farmers Market is open.
Stokes Future Farmers Market will open in the 2nd phase of the governors directive at Hanging Rock State Park.
King Farmers Market is open at Stokes Family YMCA.
Surry County farmers markets are opening beginning on May 8th.
Yadkin Farmers Market
Training and Advocacy Resources
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has created a farmers market advocacy toolkit to support you in advocating for farmers markets to remain open during emergency orders related to COVID-19.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has created a document for food safety best practices & COVID-19 considerations.
NC Cooperative extension webinar for small farms and farmers selling at farmer’s markets and farm stands on Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting.
Agriculture Workers and Employers- Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-agricultural-workers.html
Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/pdf/Agricultural-Employer-checklist.pdf
National Restaurant Association has compiled this helpful resource for information, questions and actionable information, including a campaign to support the restaurant industry.
ServSafe is also offering free online courses, trainings, and resources for restaurant and food service workers.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Healthy Eating Research (HER) program created this document that lists funded research/projects, publications, and resources related to food insecurity or diet quality/nutritional adequacy and COVID-19 to share and encourage collaboration on projects.
Assistance for Farmers & Small Business
The Small Business Administration has low-interest loans available for small businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Small business owners in North Carolina are currently eligible to apply. You can find more information and answers to questions in this document from a webinar with Farm Commons.
(Update 4/15: Funding for this program has been exhausted.) (Update 4/24: Congress infused another $321 billion into PPP and EIDLs, and now farms and food businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for these newly-replenished federal emergency relief programs.) (Update 5/4: SBA opened applications for the second round of EIDL COVID loans which can be found here: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications. The new round is EXCLUSIVE to agricultural-related businesses.) (Update 6/15: SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. Applicants who have already submitted applications will continue to be processed on a first come, first-served basis.)
The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center is partnering with North Carolina law firms and Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) to launch a remote legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits with legal needs from the impact of COVID-19.
RAFI-USA will be distributing emergency mini-grants of $500 to farmers who are drastically impacted by market sales disruptions caused by COVID-19. Funding is currently limited to farmers located in North Carolina.
Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors approved $15 million in funding to launch the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program, managed by the NC Rural Center. The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.
American Farmland Trust's Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Farmers' Legal Action Group has put together a farmers' guide to COVID-19 relief.
School Meals Updates
Be sure to check the websites and social media accounts of your area school district for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Best practices for serving students during the coronavirus can be found here.
COVID-19 Information by Language
Endangered Languages Project has compiled public health information arranged by language. The document can be found here.