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Blueberry Pickin’ at Snikroc Farm in Durham!

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I’ve never picked my own blueberries before but have always wanted to do it. Seems like every year I miss my chance (prime blueberry pickin’ in this area is early to mid June). Although it is a little late in the season and despite the oppressive heat we have been experiencing, last Saturday I made a trip to Snikroc farm over in Durham County to get some blueberries. The small family owned Snikroc farm isn’t all that far from where I live in North Raleigh. It is just a short ride up Creedmoor Road and then head west on Highway 98.  Here is a map of their location (Google Maps).

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As you enter the property you will pass a small trailer that they use to sell soft serve ice cream on warm summer evenings. Further down the gravel drive is an area to park next to a small shed that has a scale and basic supplies like plastic bags and baskets to use when pickin the blueberries. Upon my initial inspection of some of the plants I confirmed that I was a little late in the season for prime blueberry pickin. I also noticed that the extreme heat we’ve been having has taken a toll on the blueberry plants. However, as I wandered a few rows in, I was able to find some bushes that had some plump albeit small berries ready to be picked!

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Above is a quick shot of some of my berries. They are a little smaller than what I am used to buying in the store, but they are packed with flavor.   I think next year I will plan on visitng the farm earlier, like sometime in mid June. I would love to get several pounds next year. On this trip I only managed to pick 1.5 pounds. My small haul didn’t discourage me though, since I love having locally grown fresh blueberries on my cereal in the morning and now I know where to go next year!

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Purchasing at Snicrok farm is done on the honor system. Just weigh out your haul and leave your payment at the shed (prices per pound are listed on the wall). For more information check out the Snikroc Farm Facebook Page.

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Pumpkin Patches around Raleigh

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It’s October and it is time to find the perfect pumpkin!  There are several different local farms where you can go right to the patch and pick your own.  A few of the local favorites include Ganyard Hill Farm in Durham, Green Acres Farm in Cary, DJ’s Berry Patch in Apex,  and Vollmer Farm in Franklin County.  There are many other great farms in the area as well.  Visit the Pumpkins & More website for a list of of pumpkin patches, hay rides, and corn mazes in NC organized  by county.

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You can also pick up a great pumpkin at the Raleigh Farmer’s market (pictured above).   They have a wide variety of sizes and shapes and even sell white pumpkins!  A pumkin decorating contest will be held at the market on Thursday October 2nd with cash prizes for the best decarated pumkin in each age group. Check out the Farmers’ Market website or download the contest announcement here for details on how to enter.

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Shop Local – A Visit To The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market!

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Last weekend I found myself in Wake Forest to get some  new tires put on my car.  On my way to the auto shop I decided to swing by the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market  located on South White Street in Downtown Wake Forest.  The market is held every saturday April through November from 8am – noon.  It is probably the best small Farmer’s Market in the Triangle in my opinion.  Yes, the Durham and and Carrboro markets are great, and the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh is fantastic, but for folks in Wake Forest and North Raleigh the Wake Forest market offers a great selection of local produce at a convenient location. 

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The market regulalry hosts 20 to 25 different local vendors.  The offerings range from seasonal fruits and veggies to local chicken, beef, and pork along with farm fresh eggs and goat cheese.  More often than not someone is on hand with local honey and the folks selling homemade jams are regulars there.  There is also usually a booth selling cut flowers and a few artisans with pottery and woodwork art.  Every time I go there is some sort of musician on hand entertaining the crowd.  Parking along South White Street is pretty easy and you can be in and out of the market in a jiffy if you need to, though it is easy to kill 20-30 minutes chatting with the friendly vendors if you aren’t in a hurry. 

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One thing to keep in mind is that due to a recent change in policy dogs are no longer allowed at the Market.  It seems that the liability is an issue as well as concerns from the local health department.  I’m pretty sure dogs are not allowed at most if the other Farmer’s Markets in the area as well.   So if you are off to the market make sure you leave the furry little guy at home.  While the market typically comes to an end in November keep an eye out for special market events around the holidays and later in the winter.  I hear they are going to try to open on a limited schedule, maybe once a month, during the off-season.

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When you visit the market I recommend you stroll a block up the street and grab some coffee at the Wake Forest Coffee Co.  They serve great coffee and have a lot of indoor seating and of course offer free wi-fi access.  There is also a wine shop located on the second floor in the same building as the coffee bar.  Between the market and the shops located along South White Street it is real easy to find an excuse to spend your Saturday morning and afternoon in Downtown Wake Forest.  For more information aboiut the Wake Forest Farmer’s market check out their website or check out their facebook fan page.

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Gardening Season Arrives To The Triangle!

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I made my first trip of the year  to the Raleigh State Farmer’s Market today and was happy to see loads of vendors selling vegetable plants like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, watermelon, lettuce, squash ect. They also had tons of herbs on hand and various spring and summer flowers.  Not yet  as many food (veggie vendors) yet, but I suspect that their numbers will grow in the upcoming weeks as more things come in season.

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I found a guy selling herbs in 4-plant packs for $1.50.  I picked up cilantro, oregano, english thyme, dill, and chives. I also bought a nice spearmint plant for $2.50.  There was tons of basil and other herbs as well.

I’m looking forward  to planting them all in my square foot garden later this week!

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Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market Moves to City Plaza

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The downtown market, which was previously located at Moore Square, will now be held in Raleigh’s new City Plaza at the south end of Fayeteville Street on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm starting April 28th through October 27th.

A special Pig Pickin’ event will kickoff the opening of the new market location on April 28th, with Mayor Meeker starting things off by ringing the market’s opening bell. Other activities include BBQ demonstrations from celebrated local chef and BBQ expert Ed Mitchell of The Pit and bluegrass music by  Old Habits.

For more information about the market, check out their brand new website.

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