N.C. Farm Fresh

Resolving to buy local

January is considered by many people to be a month for setting goals and resolutions to guide the year to follow. For many it may be losing weight, saving money or drinking more water, for Deanna Mitchell of Cary it was buying local. Deanna resolved buying and eating locally produced vegetables and meat for at […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Strawberry Scones

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina. It’s almost strawberry season in North Carolina. Growers in the Sandhills should begin picking in mid-April and Central Piedmont growers will begin picking later this […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Cucumber Feta Salad

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina. Lisa describes this recipe for Cucumber Feta Salad as delicious and fresh. It’s a great recipe for your homegrown cucumbers and would go great with […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Zucchini Chips

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina. This month, Brian and Lisa are cooking up some delicious recipes for all that summer produce coming off the vine. This week, the duo serves […]

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Today’s Topic: Finding local food

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss three resources North Carolinians can use to find locally grown food near them. The website www.NCFarmFresh.com allows consumers to search for farms, farmers markets, roadside stands and garden centers. The […]

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3 resources for finding local food

Finding fresh, locally grown food is not difficult in North Carolina. There is an abundance of fresh produce, meats and cheeses available throughout the year, and particularly in the summer months. But, keeping track of what’s in season and where to find it can be difficult. Here are three resources you can use throughout the […]

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Today’s Topic: Farmers markets

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Interest in farmers markets seems to be stronger than ever, thanks in part to the momentum of the buy-local food movement. More and more people are interested in knowing where their food comes from, and they’re […]

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Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell…poinsettia

Overall, floriculture contributes more than $207 million to our state’s economy, and poinsettias play an important role in that industry – North Carolina produced about 4.6 million poinsettias in 2008 and generated cash receipts of $17.9 million. Poinsettias are grown in greenhouses across the state under specific climatic requirements. The plants must receive a balance […]

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Photos from the Field: Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

The apple is a celebrated fruit in North Carolina, with two different festivals dedicated to the food. North Wilkesboro holds its annual one-day Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in October, when local apple growers set up throughout the festival to sell their apples, apple cider and dried apples. In Hendersonville, each Labor Day is celebrated with […]

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