It’s Market Time!

by | May 31, 2023

Summary: Farmers markets are opening up around the state, welcoming farm fresh local commodities. Early season offerings include beets, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, greens, peanuts, radishes, strawberries, sweet potatoes and zucchini.

 

  • Activity is really beginning to pick up at farmers markets across the state with more and more seasonal produce becoming available.
  • You can also find local products showing up in grocery stores, too, which is great for consumers looking to buy local.
  • In season produce available now includes beets, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cabbage, greens, strawberries and zucchini.
  • And, peppers, potatoes and squash should be coming up next.
  • But shoppers can find even more at markets including locally sourced meats, homemade breads and desserts, seafood, and soap, bath and skincare products.
  • One of the things people enjoy about the farmers markets is being able to interact with the people who grow the food.
  • With many people today being two or three generations removed from the farm, it is more important than ever to help people make the connection between farms and food.
  • I think that helps us have a greater appreciation of the work it takes to put food on the table.
  • We recently announced that North Carolina agriculture and agribusiness for the first time topped $100 billion. It was a record $103.2 billion to be exact and farmers markets are part of helping us reach this goal.
  • Wherever you choose to shop, I hope consumers will look for and purchase local products and help us continue to grow North Carolina agriculture.