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[ The Benefits Of Dining Out At Farm To Table Restaurants ]

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “farm to table”, but what exactly does that mean? There are many restaurants in Charlotte and all over the country that are embracing this trendy term. But it’s not just trendy, it also is good for Mother Earth!

Farm to table or farm to fork means that the produce, dairy, or meats come from local resources instead of ones that require tractor trailers driving many miles. Check out this statistic: “The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture reports that apples can travel as far as 1,555 miles, and grapes and lettuce over 2,000 miles until they reach their final destinations.”

Those tractor trailers use a lot of fuel and produce a lot of pollutants into the air. By supporting farm to table businesses you are helping your health, community, and your local community too.

It’s a win/win for everyone. Since I love food, I found a list of some of Charlotte’s most popular Farm to table restaurants.

  1. Block & Grinder: Their menu features locally sourced meats and also features many wild game options like venison and elk.
  2. Passion 8: Their menu is always changing depending on what items the chef is getting in locally.
  3. Halcyon Flavors From the Earth: “A celebration of artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond.”
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[ Green Weddings Will Be A Huge Trend For 2017 ]

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Wedding season will be here before you know it. And with all of the couples that took the next step and got engaged over the Holidays, there will be more people planning than ever. If you’re looking to have a trendy wedding, you’ll want to go green! No, I don’t mean throwing an outdoor wedding, although that could make your shindig greener. And I am by no means suggesting green be the color of your bride’s maid’s dresses. (Sidenote: there are so many pretty shades of green to choose from.)

The kind of green this article is about is eco-friendly weddings. More and more people care about their carbon footprint and the impact they’re making on Mother Earth. And this is why these new eco-friendly wedding trends are becoming so big for 2017!

Here are a few suggestions to make your BIG day more Earth friendly:

  1. Have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location. This will save on the amount of gas you and your guests will need to use to get between the two locations.
  2. Cut out the waste! Pick wedding party dresses that your bride’s maid and wedding party will want to wear more than just once.
  3. Reuse or got the vintage route: You don’t have to buy all new wedding decor. If you do some googling, you’ll find many websites dedicated to the resale of wedding favors and centerpieces. And you don’t have to buy a new dress either. There are many vintage dress options that would blow any new, mass produced dress out of the water.
  4. Choose a dress made of organic materials or use a designer that creates sustainable gowns. Get more info on these here!
  5. Local flowers and local food are the best: Skip the flowers that need to flown in. And when it comes to the food, think farm to table.

If you search Pinterest you will find a million and one great, green suggestions. I found this video of a couple’s eco-friendly wedding and was blown away. Green is beautiful and helps out our environment.

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