Today’s Topic: Farmers markets hitting high season

by | Jun 24, 2014

Southern Farm Network logoAgriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

It’s mid-June, and that means we’re entering the high season at farmers markets across North Carolina. The state is fortunate to have more than 200 farmers markets of all sizes, everything from the four regional markets the NCDA&CS operates in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, to community markets and small tailgate markets.

June is Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month in North Carolina, and that makes sense, because there’s so much available this time of year, including blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, squash, sweet corn, and a variety of greens. In fact, North Carolina farmers produce 141,000 acres of fruits and vegetables.

Farmers markets are a great place to find the freshest seasonal produce grown in North Carolina, plus meats, cheeses and other ag products. And not only can you buy that great food, but you can talk to the farmer who grew it. Farmers markets are a true win-win for both the customer and the farmer. You get the freshest products and a good value, and the farmers get to keep more of every dollar they earn.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss farmers markets in North Carolina. To find farmers markets in your area, visit

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