Got to Be NC

Hand-made for the Holidays: Sweet treats from Chocolatay Confections

The holidays are a time where individuals enjoy many large meals and delicious desserts with friends and family, but for those suffering with food allergies, these meals can often prove difficult and lead to tasty treats being missed out on. This was the inspiration behind Chapel Hill-based company, Chocolatay Confections. Owners Matthew and Danielle White […]

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Growing a family legacy with kale, broccoli and more

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Amy Douglas, owner of The Farmer’s Daughter, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on […]

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Got To Be NC shines during Wide Open Bluegrass

Got To Be NC shines during Wide Open Bluegrass

This week, downtown Raleigh is teeming with toe-tapping, banjo-playing bluegrass enthusiasts. Wide Open Bluegrass, held Sept. 28 and 29, is the urban bluegrass music festival that closes out the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass week. The festival features the best of the traditional music community, including IBMA and Grammy Award winners and top-notch […]

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Agriculture and America’s favorite past time

Agriculture and America’s favorite past time

Summer may officially start next week, but across the state the boys of summer have been filling stadiums with cheering fans for months. Agriculture figures pretty prominently in baseball from the uniforms to the snacks to the field. Check out a few facts below: Most uniforms are cotton-based.  Cash receipts from cotton production in North […]

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Recipe: Bob’s Smokin’ Southern BBQ sauce smoked baby back ribs

A Got to Be NC barbecue sauce recently received a long-distance accolade.  The Smoking Joint, a BBQ competition team from Australia, was named Grand Champion in the Melbourne Kansas City Barbecue Society festival last month using Bob’s Smokin’ Southern BBQ Sauce dry rub.  The team has placed a rush order for more rub, as they […]

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Recipe: Super Bowl Sunday chicken wings

Televisions across the country will be tuned in on February 4th to watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. And whether you’re watching to see Tom Brady try for his sixth Super Bowl win, the commercials, or Justin Timberlake’s half time show, […]

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Recipe: Zuppa Toscana Soup

Recipe: Zuppa Toscana Soup

J January’s chill calls for warm, “stick-to-your-bones” type meals. It’s no wonder that National Soup Month falls during what’s often the coldest month of the year. The recipe below utilizes fresh and local Swiss chard or kale, which are both cool-season vegetables.  Include local sausage, bacon and potatoes to make it a North Carolina soup […]

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Grower/Buyer Exchange set for Feb. 20

On Feb. 20, the department will host produce buyers from Lowes Foods and US Foods at the Grower/Buyer Exchange. The event, organized by the department’s Marketing Division, is geared to N.C. fruit and vegetable growers interested in selling their products to retailers and food service companies. Growers can schedule personal, 15-minute meetings with category buyers […]

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Recipe: Pecan Toffee Pecan Pie

Recipe: Pecan Toffee Pecan Pie

Pies are a holiday dessert staple. We found the holiday recipe below on Facebook and it uses pecan toffee made in Chapel Hill. This simple recipe will impress your guests and just might be the hit of any holiday gathering. Since 2006 the Graves Family has been selling their toffee, which is a secret family […]

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