strawberries

Century Farm Feature: Ogburn Berries & Produce

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 […]

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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 […]

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N.C. Farm to School program brings strawberry season to students

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, […]

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Spring ushers in strawberry season

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” […]

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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 […]

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Strawberry farm going strong amid COVID-19 pandemic

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 […]

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Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie

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 […]

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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 […]

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Recipe: Strawberry Mini Cakes

Since strawberry season has officially begun in North Carolina, we thought we would share another sweet treat with you. The N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and N.C. Strawberry Association will celebrate with two Strawberry Day events in May. The first event is at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on May 2. The […]

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Recipe: Banana Split Cake

Recipe: Banana Split Cake

Pig pickins’ and other summertime cookouts are in full swing, which means a lot of good Southern barbecue meals that end with a big heaping bowl of banana pudding. The recipe below also has bananas, but includes local strawberries. Brian Shrader calls it one of the “tastiest desserts they have ever featured on Local Dish.” […]

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News Roundup: April 5 – 10

News Roundup: April 5 – 10

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “STUDY: U.S. FARMLAND SHRINKING,” Southern Farm Network: A report from American Farmland Trust released Wednesday finds that between 1992 and 2012, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost, equal to […]

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Today’s Topic: Strawberries are in season

Today’s Topic: Strawberries are in season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The strawberry season has been a little slow to arrive because of cooler temperatures, but fresh, locally grown berries are hitting the market and pick-your-own fields are beginning to open. Today’s Topic for May 1

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