Rain won’t ruin Strawberry Day

by | May 13, 2011

Most of North Carolina will see rain this weekend, but that won’t ruin activities at the state’s farmers markets. All of the markets have covered shelters with plenty of room to accommodate vendors and visitors during spring showers. The markets are full of fresh N.C. strawberries, asparagus and greenhouse vegetables, and you also can find a variety of vegetable plants, flowers, trees and shrubs. If you’re thinking of visiting a state farmers market this weekend, look for these special events:

Strawberry Day
For some people, Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. For those near the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, today might be remembered as the luckiest day of the year. That’s because it’s Strawberry Day, the market’s annual celebration of spring’s first berry. Enjoy free samples of strawberries, strawberry ice cream and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. While you’re there, pick up a pint of strawberries and try one of these winning recipes from last week’s Strawberry Dessert Contest at the State Farmers Market.

Master Gardener Clinics
You might not be able to do much yardwork this weekend, but you can prepare for next weekend by talking with a Master Gardener. Specialists will be on hand at state farmers markets throughout the year to answer your gardening questions and offer free advice. Visit the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market Saturday, May 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to learn the benefits of home-grown and local produce from members of the Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg County. Master Gardeners also will be at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  with tips related to growing plants, identifying insects and managing diseases.

You can search for farmers markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms near you at www.ncfarmfresh.com. Remember to call ahead to check times and availability before you go.