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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

CONTACT:

Dee Bartlett, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division

(919) 707-3106

Dig Into Local food show coming to WNC Farmers Market April 9

ASHEVILLE — If you’re interested in the wide variety of products coming from western North Carolina farms, plan to attend the Dig Into Local food show Saturday, April 9, at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road.

A large group of local farmers who sell directly to the public through roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions, tailgate markets and online sales will offer goods for sampling and selling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Dig Into Local will be held under a giant tent on the “watermelon pad” at the market, in conjunction with the second day of the Barbecue Cook-off and Bluegrass Jam.

“Dig Into Local further emphasizes the wide range of products coming from farms in western North Carolina, including locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, honey and other items,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Buyers will find items for sale now, and learn more about organic, specialty and natural products that many small farmers raise and market on a small scale throughout the year. This show will help build relationships that are beneficial to both farmers and their customers.”

Producers wishing to participate in the show should contact Dee Bartlett with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (919) 707-3106. Participation is limited to North Carolina farmers who sell directly to the public. There is no fee to participate, but exhibitor space is limited and will be allotted on a reservation basis.

Dig Into Local is a series of food shows produced by the department to promote local fare. The shows are funded by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, and are intended to increase the sales of locally grown farm goods and raise the profitability of farming through direct sales. The first show was held last year in Raleigh, and additional shows are scheduled for Blowing Rock and Wilmington.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3005; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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