Mother's Day is a special time of year to celebrate all the moms and influential women in our lives. There's nothing better than spending time with those that we love and what better gift to give mom this holiday than quality time together on the farm. We've narrowed...
North Carolina strawberries on school menus for the next five weeks; on pace for a record year
Spring is a great time of year for many reasons -- the return of warm weather plus the growing season getting under way, and then there is strawberry season! For strawberry lovers, it seems like it is such a short window of time to enjoy these tasty berries. But for...
N.C. summer fruit won’t come without some winter work
Although North Carolina is in the middle of winter, some of your favorite summer fruits are getting attention on farms across the state. No, that’s not a reference to chocolate-covered strawberries you may have for Valentine’s Day. (If that’s a treat for you this...
It’s Prime Picking Season! Find strawberry farms near you.
With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, strawberry farms are opening for shoppers and, undoubtedly, strawberry lovers are ready for local berries. “Growers have done a good job protecting the crop from recent cool temperatures and because of their hard work, this year’s strawberry crop looks to be plentiful,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. […]
Century Farm Feature: Ogburn Berries & Produce
Ogburn Berries & Produce is a family-owned strawberry and produce farm in Willow Spring in Johnston County. The farm is currently operated by 4th generation farmer, Sim Ogburn. The farm was bought in the early 1900s by Sim’s great-grandfather, Simeon Lloyd Ogburn, from whom Sim gets his name. The farm has remained within the family […]
A growing passion for agriculture at Patterson Farms
Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Randall Patterson of Patterson Farm Market & Tours 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 […]
N.C. Farm to School program brings strawberry season to students
This week NCDA&CS will deliver four tractor-trailer loads of North Carolina-grown strawberries to schools across the state. The deliveries happen thanks to the N.C. Farm to School program – a collaborative effort between the department’s Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. The program offers 26 North Carolina-grown foods to the state’s schools – from strawberries, apples, […]
Spring ushers in strawberry season
The recent cold temperatures kept strawberry growers busy frost protecting their plants, but it appears to have been successful. Fresh strawberries are starting to come in now in Eastern counties, with more expected over the next two weeks. Summary of Talking Points: I am happy to get to talk about one of my favorite “seasons” […]
Spring activities are under way or planned at farms across the state. Events and activities include pick-your-own strawberries, farm dinners, workshops, country stores, farm tours, yoga with llamas or goats, wine tastings, and more.
The spring agritourism season is getting under way now with a variety of activities planned at farms across the state. There’s no shortage of fun-on-the farm activities – pick-your own flowers and strawberries, farm-fresh foods and country stores, yoga with goats or llamas, wine tastings, special dinners, fishing and more. You can find more local […]
Strawberry farm going strong amid COVID-19 pandemic
Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Joan Rudd, owner of Rudd Farms, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run for an entire year on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on […]
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie
’tis the season for strawberries in North Carolina. When it comes to truly tasty food, you have to strike while the iron is hot, as the proverbial saying goes. That means getting produce when it’s in season, and the closer it’s grown to you the fresher and/or riper it should be. So before the strawberries […]
Recipe: Strawberry Yogurt Shortcake
Happy 4th of July! This week, we want to share a sweet, festive treat for this patriotic weekend from The Dairy Alliance. North Carolina ranks 3rd in the nation in strawberry production. Be sure to grab your ingredients at your local farmers market or neighborhood grocery store. Don’t forget to look for the Got To […]