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At Gorelik Dentistry, we offer holistic dentistry for our clients to ensure overall health and well-being. We are committed to your entire being, not just your oral health. We encourage our clients to shop locally and to consume the freshest food available in your area. What do you know about farm-to-table?

The farm-to-table movement strives to bring the freshest, most local fruit, vegetables, meat, fowl, fish, and cheese from food producers and farmers to your table. Farm-to-table brings back locally-sourced food in an effort to bring back American agriculture from the mass-produced enterprise it has become. It seeks to erase the disconnect between your food and you. It is farming like it used to be.

Eating Local

Why local? It is important to know what is fed to the animals that feed you. Knowing that your food is fresh instead of loaded with preservatives and chemicals–like those in today’s processed, packaged foods helps YOU be healthier. Eating local also allows you to support your local economy while leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Organic

Why eat organic? Organic foods often taste better and provide more nutrients than imported produce. Eating organic helps you avoid pesticides and food additives, as well as hormones and antibiotics found in animal products. Organic farming protects the eco-system while benefiting wildlife, insects, frogs, birds and soil organisms. Organic farming lessens pollution while conserving water and soil through crop rotation, and mulching to manage weeds.

Fish Farms

Eat wild-caught fish instead of farm-raised fish. Wild-caught fish are caught in their natural environments by fisherman while the majority of fish you find at your local grocer comes from fish farms. This includes salmon, tilapia, catfish, cod, and sea bass. These fish are typically packed in tanks or cages, subsisting on fish food or fish meal. Living in these conditions breeds diseases and parasites, which means the fish may be given antibiotics or fungicides. In fact, farm-raised salmon are often fattened with fish meal and fish oils loaded with PCB’s, having 5-10 times more PCB’s than their wild counterparts.

Also, when people are repeatedly exposed to mercury-laced seafood—such as wild salmon, tuna, swordfish and other fish, it can cause brain, kidney and developmental problems in humans. While farm-raised fish have less mercury exposure than those in the wild because they are typically fed a controlled diet with more grains and soy instead of fishmeal, they can still absorb mercury since most fish farms are located in the ocean, just close to or abutting the shoreline.

To help our clients achieve optimum health and well-begin, Dr. Julia Gorelik and our team at Gorelik Dentistry encourage you to eat a healthy diet for a healthy body and healthy smile. We are pleased to recommend the following Farmer’s Markets which provide farm-to-table food in the North Carolina area.

Matthews Community Farmers’ Market
188 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105
Website: http://www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com/

Hours:
Saturday – 8AM–12PM

Vendors include 5 A Day Farm (fruits), Carolina Artisan Bread, Middle Ground Farm (rabbit, pork, chicken, eggs, seasonal produce), and Urban Gourmet Farms (oyster, shiitake, maitake, mushrooms).

NoDa Farmers Market
701 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Website: http://www.nodafarmersmarket.com/

Hours:
Saturday – 9AM–12PM

Vendors include Zone 7 Foods (Local Sustainable Hot Food to go and Frozen Prepared Foods), Urban Gourmet Farms (Gourmet, organic mushrooms), Grass Fed Productions (Paleo inspired butter, beef jerky, bone broth, dream cheese, kale chips, etc.), and The Dumpling Lady (Szechuan dumplings and noodles).

Davidson Farmer’s Market
120 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036
Website: http://www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org/

Hours:
Saturday – 8AM–12PM

Vendors include Blue Goat Dairy (goat cheeses), Abby’s Better Nut Butters (flavored nut butters), Gilcrest Natural Farm (chicken, beef, free-range eggs), Barbee Farms (tomatoes, peaches, and 150+ varieties of vegetables).

Josh’s Farmers Market
189 Williamson Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117
Website: www.joshsfarmersmarket.com

Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 9AM-6:30 PM
Fri-Sat – 9:AM – 6PM
Sun – 10 AM – 5PM

Vendors include Heirloom Goodness (Winesap apple sauce), Homestead Glass Bottled Milk, Natalie’s Orange Juice (100% Florida citrus), and Free Range Eggs.

If you have any questions, we invite you to call us at 704-553-1627 today!