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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

CONTACT:

Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
(919) 733-7417

State Farmers Market to host Strawberry Day
Thursday, April 30

WHAT:

Strawberries will be the featured attraction at the annual Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market. Visitors can enjoy free samples of a strawberry dessert and meet the mascot, Suzy Strawberry. Visitors will also find plenty of fresh, locally grown strawberries available for purchase, along with recipes, serving tips and nutritional information.

In addition, a total of $225 in prize money will be up for grabs in the Strawberry Dessert Contest, sponsored by the N.C. Strawberry Association. Cooks can bring their entries to the State Farmers Market office from 8 -10 a.m. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. Each recipe must contain at least two cups of North Carolina strawberries. First place earns $100, second place receives $75 and third place earns $50. For contest rules and information, call Kevin Hardison at (919) 733-7136, ext. 234 or Monica Wood at (919) 733-7417 or e-mail at monica.wood@ncagr.gov.

WHEN:

Thursday, April 30
11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Farmers Building
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Interstate 40, exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road

WHO: Strawberry Day is sponsored by the N.C. Strawberry Association, State Farmers Market Restaurant, State Farmers Market and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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