Blueberry Day

Celebrate NC agriculture at our farmers markets

Farmers markets are already bustling with lots of fresh, local produce, and more will be coming as the summer continues to heat up. Our four state-owned farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh are buzzing with activities. Mark your calendars for these June events:   Fiber Feel Day, Western North Carolina Farmers Market, Asheville […]

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Get a taste of summer at your local farmers market

What better way to welcome summer than with a trip to a local farmers market. You’ll find an abundance of summer favorites such as blueberries, corn, squash and tomatoes at markets across the state. In addition, there are plenty of special events going on at the state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Colfax, Charlotte, Raleigh and […]

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Happy ending to a long week: N.C. blueberries and crawfish

As we approach the beginning of summer, farmers markets and roadside stands will begin to fill up with a lot of fresh produce. It’s a great time of year to shop at local farmers markets, and if you’ve never been, you may be surprised by what you find. The five state-operated farmers markets host a […]

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Southeastern N.C. Farmers Market hosts Blueberry Day Saturday

N.C. blueberry season lasts from the end of May to the middle of July, and you can find some of the best berries right now at farmers markets around the state. Each year, blueberry farmers produce more than 30 million pounds of blueberries and the state ranks sixth in blueberry production in the nation. To […]

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State Farmers Market: 20 years on Agriculture Street

Shelly Johnson was a child when she made her first trip to the State Farmers Market with her father, who sold produce at the market’s original location off Capital Boulevard. In 1991, the market moved to its current location on Agriculture Street. The younger Johnson remembered playing hide-and-seek and other games at the new market. […]

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There’s a new berry in town

The N.C. strawberry season started early with an abudant crop, due in part to the warmer-than-normal weather in the state this spring. As strawberry season is wrapping up, farmers markets and roadside stands are welcoming blueberry season with events such as Blueberry Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. No matter where you go in the state, there’s a new […]

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Welcoming the best of the blues

Strawberry season is quickly coming to an end. However, even though we will no longer wake up and enjoy those juicy red berries in our cereal, there is no reason to feel blue. Why? Because late May and early June mark the beginning of N.C. blueberry season. With endless edible possibilities ranging from blueberry muffins […]

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Blueberry nut crunch: Sounds like a cereal, tastes like a dessert

Lisa Shively knows blueberries. Her book, Fat Little Blueberry Cookbook, offers 100 recipes featuring the delicious, little fruit. Lisa also knows that North Carolina is a great place to get blueberries, and that is why she was at the State Farmers Market today as part of its annual Blueberry Day. The celebration, held every June, […]

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Blueberry Day at the State Farmers Market

My favorite part of the State Farmers Market is the sense of community I feel when I go there. People share stories, tips, recipes and my personal favorite – samples. Tomorrow, the State Farmers Market is hosting its annual Blueberry Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can try free samples of North Carolina […]

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