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by Jordan Green

Greetings, Triad foodies. One brief restaurant item before we get into the real substance of this column, which is the abundance of produce from the Piedmont Triad’s good earth.

First, Subway, which is currently located in the food court of the Piedmont Building in downtown Greensboro, is expected to move a couple doors down Elm Street to the storefront previously occupied by Chick-Fil-A. The move should be complete by the first week of July.

Tomatoes, corn, eggplant, field peas and cantaloupes are coming into season at farmers markets across the region. Try the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax.

Speaking of tomatoes, Harper’s Restaurant at the Friendly Center in Greensboro is celebrating the delectable fruit this summer. Sourced from Whitaker Farms in Climax, the restaurant is serving a bevy of tomato dishes, including the crab and avocado stack, described as “a delicious tower of tomatoes, fresh crab, basil, topped with balsamic vinaigrette.” Yummy.

The Piedmont Grown certification program launched on the Summer Solstice and has been enrolling farmers, markets and brokers for the past month and a half.

Its mission: “To link consumers to local farm fresh foods, build local markets for farmers and food entrepreneurs, and grow healthy and prosperous communities.” To find farms, farmers markets, restaurants, groceries and artisan food producers that carry the Piedmont Grown label, visit www.piedmontgrown.org.

Interest in sustainable agriculture, local ingredients and building connections between farmers and community is evidenced by the proliferation of markets, but not all of them have been approved for certification.

To find local farmer markets in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Reidsville, Wentworth, Danbury, Thomasville and Asheboro, visit www.slowfoodpiedmont.org/lfgmarkets.html for more information.

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