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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2007

CONTACT:

Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market

(919) 733-7417

State Farmers Market hosts Sweet Potato Day Sept. 20

RALEIGH—For those who have ever wanted to know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, the annual Sweet Potato Day at the State Farmers Market on Sept. 20 is the place to be.  Sweet Potato Day will feature free sweet potato dessert samples, recipes, health and nutritional information from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

“Come sample one of North Carolina’s sweetest vegetables and learn more about its versatility for cooking,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.  “Shoppers will find plenty of sweet potatoes as well as delicious recipes.  While visiting the market, be sure to visit other market vendors and take home the fresh taste of North Carolina products.”

Sweet potatoes can be used in making desserts, side dishes, snacks and soups.  According to the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission, North Carolina is the number one sweet potato state, producing more than 600 million pounds annually, which represents 40 percent of the national supply. 

Sweet Potato Day is sponsored by the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission, the State Farmers Market Restaurant, the State Farmers Market and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The State Farmers Market offers plenty of fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, garden supplies, crafts and baked goods for sale from local vendors.  The market is located at 1201 Agriculture St. in Raleigh, off Exit 297 (Lake Wheeler Road) on Interstate 40.

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