Cook for Good Hero Freda Butner went above and beyond the call of duty this year, reviving a nearly dead project to start an on-base farmers' market at Camp Lejeune. Because she went all the way to the White House, her success will clear the way for farmers' markets on bases all across the US. I already knew her as a lively advocate for promoting healthy, local food, but when she told me this story, I knew I had to share it with you. The picture below shows Freda as we shared a delicious Kimbap lunch at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers' Market.
Working for a farmers' market at Camp Lejeune
Freda is a Nutrition Marketing Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the only Registered Dietitian with a similar role in the country. She'd worked on the Camp Lejeune farmers' market project for three years. Several local Marine families and staff liaisons worked with her to overcome a virtual obstacle course of objections, including