Leading Green Distributing
PO Box 63
Black Mountain, NC 28711
WHO WE ARE...
Leading Green's mission is to develop and promote a sustainable, local food network across the southeast.
Today we are based in Asheville and assist local farmers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. By marketing and distributing farmers' produce to grocery stores, restaurants and buying clubs, Leading Green is actively participating in the creation of a sustainable food infrastructure. We are not a non-profit and do not receive grants.
We have all the permits and insurance necessary to haul a wide variety of products. By combining seasonal harvests with animal based foods, we provide a consistent supply of fresh vegetables, meats and dairy year round.
HOW WE HELP FARMERS...
Leading Green is continually expanding its transportation lanes and increasing the number of food outlets for farmers to sell their produce profitably. By focusing on the logistics of distributing produce, farmers can focus on what they do best - working the farm.
The people who move food from farms to the stores, restaurants and residences where we eat the food are a required piece of our nutritional infrastructure. Without distributors like Leading Green, North Carolinians and other southerners would have a difficult time accessing fresh, healthy food that is locally sourced.
We handle the marketing, pick up and delivery of farmers' produce with a commitment to minimal environmental impact. We have a fleet of trucks that run on biodiesel, ensuring producers and buyers participate in an increasingly sustainable food distribution system.
WHY DOES BUYING FROM LOCAL FARMERS MATTER?...
Local Food is Fresher
Locally grown food is simply closer to grocery stores and restaurants, so less time is required to deliver to your market. Fruits and vegetables purchased locally are often delivered less than 24 hours from the time they are harvested. Fresh produce has more nutrition and flavor.
Local Food Conserves Fuel
Food that is grown and distributed close-by requires less energy input (in the form of diesel fuel, electrical power, etc). Transportation and refrigerated storage consume fuel rapidly. Locally grown vegetables require less driving and cooling, so these buying decisions conserve energy resources and reduce environmental pollution.
Local Food Promotes a Thriving Economy
Money spent in the local community stays in that community longer. This circulation of money is what keeps your economy vibrant. When you buy from farms in your area, you are promoting the healthy growth of your neighborhoods and urban centers.
Local Food Stabilizes Our Food System
Buying from nearby farms creates a local market and encourages more food to be grown in the area. Depending on crops grown in other countries or across the continent can create food-supply risks. Increasing the amount of food produced in your region, promotes a secure food supply.