The Joy of Local Produce

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 01:11.

Living in a rural area has many pleasures, but few are tastier than local produce.  We are really lucky here on the Crystal Coast because we have a great climate for growing vegetables, soil that is easy to work, and some farmers with the skill to provide us with fantastic vegetables in the summer.

If the truth is known, we get most of what people consider summer vegetables even before summer gets here.  We have already progressed to corn and tomatoes which often do not come in even in the North Carolina Piedmont until July.

Our favorite produce stand is Winberry's in Cedar Point.  We have been enjoying their local corn for about a week.  We grow our own tomatoes so we do not need to buy those.  We have had great potatoes, zuchinni, squash, cabbage, and other veggies.  We enjoyed strawberries for about six weeks in the spring.  Now we are seeing blueberries.

While I appreciate the efforts of the local grocery stores to use more local produce, there is something very satisfying about buying produce right from the people who are growing it.

We grew huge gardens in Canada so I can imagine the hard work, but I cannot conceive of a field without rocks.  It is something we never saw on our farm which had piles of rock around every field.

The next time you are driving through Cedar Point, stop in at Winberry's.  It will not be long before those famous (and somewhat expensive) Bogue Sound watermelons are ripe.

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