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      Down to Earth: Thanksgiving served hip and homegrown

      City Roots ... Your in-town sustainable farm

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The hippest thing you can do this Thanksgiving is to include locally grown, whole produce on your menu.

      We're fortunate enough to live in a country where we can grow just about anything, and the South puts out some great crops all year. As if that wasn't enough, we are rocking one of the coolest urban farming solutions right here in the Capitol City!

      While the Department of Health and Human Services puts out dietary guidelines for Americans every five years, more and more people are making the switch to natural, organic, whole foods. Even better, they are making the trip to the neighborhood farmers market to pick out local fruits and vegetables. Eric McClam, manager of City Roots Farm and board Vice President of Slow Food International says natural produce is the perfect side dish to your juicy bird.

      The latest harvest on Nov. 16 yeilded fresh kale, beets, lettuce, radish, spinach, chard, peppers, and arugula. Not only will the bright and vibrant colors dress up the table, but the added bonus of rich nutrients, anti-oxidents and Omega-3's will be a welcome treat to a body struggling to digest vast amounts of carbs, fats, oils, sugars and enriched flour. Not only that, it's what's NOT in those foods that matter most to many people looking to avoid pesticides and growth hormones.

      Those wondering if City Roots really has the goods need only to notice that they have been selected as one of only 10 national finalists in Green America??s People & Planet Awards program rewarding green businesses for their contributions to a just and sustainable economy. The top nominees receiving the most online votes will receive a $5000 award to assist with advancing each business?? commitment to clean renewable energy.

      So check out City Roots Farm in downtown Columbia this holiday season and vote for them to win ... all the cool kids are doing it!