Thursday, December 18, 2008
Other items on the overall list include heirloom tomatoes (#31), exotic mushrooms (#35), fresh herbs (#48), chard (#108) and berries (#133).
An overall theme to the list is more healthful eating like smaller portions, vegetarian and vegan entrees, nutritionally balanced meals, grilling, superfruits and more fruits and veggies.
To check out the whole list click here.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Those who are interested can get their farm listed on a map of agritorism destinations that will be compiled by the NCDA&CS and funded by the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The full color map will be entitled "Discover North Carolina Farms" and 100,000 copies will be printed in 2009 and placed at welcome centers and tourism offices statewide.
“Agritourism farms and vineyards have sprouted across North Carolina, and this map is another way to let people know where they are,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The map can be kept in the glove compartment of your car for easy use on day trips or longer vacations. It will be a great resource, so we encourage agritourism farm and vineyard owners to apply to be on it.”
Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 9, and space on the map is limited. Visit the Agritoursim Site or call Martha Glass at 919.733.7887 ext. 276 for more information.
In these hard times, what better way to increase business to your farm than by marketing! Don't miss this unique opportunity.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
With colder temperatures looming, there is the issue of row covers for protection of strawberry plantings. I would like to share some information from Dr. Barclay Poling about row covers.
Chandler is very hardy! Depending on the winter, they may not be needed at all!
Good Luck and Stay Warm!
**Update from Bill Yarborough**
I received an email from Bill Yarborough about this post. His comments are as follows:
"In my opinion working here all these years, using elevation as the rule would not be my choice. Mountain shading, aspect, air drainage, too many factors to predict.
Cover strawberries in mountain counties anywhere they are grown would be a better recommendation."
Thanks for the recommendation Bill!