There is nothing quite like the sweet taste of a fresh strawberry. If you agree, be sure to stop by the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market for Strawberry Day Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration includes free samples of N.C. strawberries and Lumpy’s strawberry ice cream, plenty of strawberry recipe ideas to take home and even a strawberry dessert contest.
Last week, Margaret Hicks of Clayton won first place in the State Farmers Market Strawberry Dessert Contest. Tomorrow, all the dessert makers in the Triad will have their chance. The first-place winner will receive $100 and, more importantly, bragging rights for a year. For complete contest details, visit the market’s Facebook page.
Even if you don’t take part in the dessert contest, you can still come out and have a good time. While you’re there, you can pick up a pint of N.C. strawberries, a locally grown plant or a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers for your mother for Mother’s Day.
Strawberry Day is just one of the activities happening this weekend at the state-operated farmers markets and agricultural centers. You can find a list of other activities and special events on the department’s website.