My earliest childhood memory is helping my grandparents sell sweet corn and other produce at a Farmers Market in Carrboro, NC. Thirty-some years later, one of my favorite things to do is visit a Farmers Market. I’m sure it is the combination of business, agriculture, and salt-of-the earth people that attracts me to any Farmers Market or road-side produce stand I pass.
Today was Blueberry day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and I made time to visit. I enjoyed browsing, sampling, and buying local North Carolina products. Blueberries were on full display! A few of photos of my experience are below.
Take time to visit a Farmers Market this summer! Encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing this information. If you’re in Raleigh, a calendar of special events at the State Farmers Market can be found here.
May was a hot, dry month in Central NC. We had to irrigate a little early this year. Blueberries are starting to get a little color – hope to have some ready by mid-June. The bees are working the 2019 blackberry crop like it’s their job (which it is). Speaking of bees – the first honey crop is in the works! Hoping for a few rainshowers in June!
If you’re looking something fun to do this weekend, look no further than the Got To Be NC Festival at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh! Follow this link for more information and a schedule of events. It’s like the NC State Fair, but smaller and no admission fee! Make sure you stay for the tractor parade – you never know who you might see!
To be honest, life and rain have gotten in the way of spending a lot of time in Chatham lately. After the Plane Pull and before church, we put in a couple hours at the farm.
The blooms are starting to turn into fruit. So excited that there may be a harvest this year! Mocking birds, you are on warning, and I have good aim. A few more rows have been added, so we’re sitting at almost to 200 bushes. Spread a little mulch, and did a couple row markers. Since blackberry sonker (See our Recipes page) is one of my most favorite things, excited to see the 4 new blackberry rows thriving. Checked on the bees, but didn’t find Beeatrice (👸). They are so much fun to watch! Dropped my first frame and got one sting – not so fun.
Gorgeous and perfect day!!
– Preppy Bumpkin