The mission of the Carteret Local Food Network is to protect and promote a local food system that builds community, supports the local economy, nurtures a healthy environment, and produces healthy, delicious food!.
Fair and Local are great words to remember when buying food. Local farming families in Carteret County work to provide nutritious, seasonal produce that is picked at the peak of ripeness instead of optimal shipping sturdiness.
- Residents of Carteret County can support local farmers by choosing to shop differently.
- Residents of Carteret County deserve the healthy food options that the farmers provide.
Since its beginning in 2008 as part of “Carteret County Crossroads,” the Carteret Local Food Network has been dedicated to connecting families and friends in eastern North Carolina to locally farmed foods.
In 2014, CLFN accepted the Underground Farm under its umbrella and their mission to increase the number of farmers serving the citizens of Carteret County by becoming a Learning Center as well as a producing farm. In 2016, we expanded our farm capacity by renting a new farm at 1586 Highway 101, Beaufort, NC. In 2016, CLFN and the Underground Farm and Learning Center (UFLC) separated from Carteret County Crossroads to become an independent nonprofit.
CLFN and UFLC serve Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers, grow for direct sales at the Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market, and sell wholesale to Coastal Community Market in Beaufort the Friendly Market Produce Stand in Morehead City and to several area restaurants