FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009
||Monica Wood, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
Blueberry Day at State Farmers Market
offers cure for summertime blues
||The State Farmers Market will host its annual Blueberry Day featuring free North Carolina blueberry samples and recipes for visitors. Fat Little Blueberry Cookbook author and Eden resident Lisa Shively will also be on hand to offer samples of her homemade blueberry nut crunch.
North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation in blueberry production, and 14.5 million pounds of blueberries are produced annually in the state. More than 97 percent of North Carolina blueberries are grown along the coast in counties such as Bladen, Pender, Duplin, Sampson and Craven. Blueberries have a short growing season, and can be picked in North Carolina through July.
||Thursday, June 11
11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
||Farmers Building & Market Shoppes
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Interstate 40, exit 297 (Lake Wheeler Road)
|| Blueberry Day is sponsored by the N.C. Blueberry Council, State Farmers Market and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
||The Farmers Market has a large variety of plants, including hanging baskets, perennials, container gardens, bedding plants, herbs and cut flowers, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables. The Market Shoppes also feature cheese, meats, custom picture framing, fruit and gift baskets and Goodness Grows in North Carolina products. For more information on the State Farmers Market, visit www.ncagr.com/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/index.htm