Homegrown produce grows in popularity during tough economic times

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Homegrown food is flourishing during these tough economic times.

"One thing about us in the garden center business is anytime there's a recession, we do our best," said Farmer's Supply General Manager Diane Boyd. "People normally tend instead of taking vacations and what not, to stay home. They do yard work, they fix their houses up, and they do gardens."

Wilmington resident and gardener Chris Arca grows some of his own produce and along with helping him eat right, he says his hobby keeps money in his pocket as well.

"You can plant a garden and nurse it through the season for probably $100 and that's putting a little extra into it," said Arca. "You can get hundreds and hundreds of dollars of produce out of it and it helps you eat healthier. Nowadays it's easy to run down and get a dollars worth from Mcdonald's, but vegetables are expensive."

Arca suggests starting small and adds that you never know what kind of benefits await you.

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