May 23, 2011

Shop Fresh & Local At These Farms


Our local strawberry crop is dwindling but that doesn't mean you should take local farms off your must-visit list. If you aren't sure what's in season now, here's a handy chart that will help you pinpoint what's fresh right now -- and what crops will be ready to eat next.

[Check out our tips for making the most of your visit to the Farmers' Market.]

Want to know where you can go locally for that tasty, fresh produce? Here's a a roundup of the farms and markets in Sanford that sell their products directly to consumers:

LOCAL FARMS

Barry's Strawberry Farm, 4193 Cox Mill Road, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries and asparagus (April through June), cabbage and onions (May-June)
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 8am-7pm, Sundays from 1-6pm
Contact: 919-258-3606, email

Blueberry Hill U-Pick, 1921 Steel Bridge Road, Sanford NC
What: Blueberries (June through August)
When: Mondays - Saturdays from sun up to sun down, Sundays from 1-7pm
Contact: 919-498-4282, email, website, Facebook

Douglas' Strawberry Patch, Hwy 87 in Olivia and US 1 in Tramway, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 8am-6pm
Contact: 919-353-2399

Down on the Farm, 1413 Bragg Street, Sanford NC (look for the green John Deere mailbox)
What: Locally grown produce. Call to see what is available.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays from 8am-2pm
Contact: Bill at 919-770-2461

Gary Thomas Farms, 443 Thomas Road, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries, sweet Onions, lettuce, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, and sweet potatoes (mid April through early June); asparagus (mid-April through mid-May); green beans, peaches, blackberries and sweet corn (June through July); honey, pickled asparagus, breads, jams, and jellies all season.
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 8am-6pm
Contact: 919-258-3262, Facebook

Griffin's Vineyard, Thomas Road, Sanford NC
What: Muscadine grapes, homemade muscadine wine
When: Saturdays from 8am-3pm in September
Contact: 919-258-3587, email

Gross Farms, 1606 Pickett Road, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries (April through June); asparagus, lettuce and broccoli (April through May); onions, cucumbers and tomatoes (April through August), sweet corn (June through August); cabbage, broccoli, cantaloupe, watermelon, blackberries, peas and butterbeans (July through August); pumpkins (October); sweet potatoes all year.
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 8am-6pm, Sundays from 1-6pm
Specials: Corn maze and pumpkin patch from September through October
Contact: 919-498-6727, email, website, Facebook

Harrington Farms, 1412 San Lee Drive, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries, onions, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli and asparagus (April through June); Tomatoes (March through July); corn and cantaloupe (July); greens (September through December); collards (November through December)
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 7am-7pm, Sundays from 1-6pm
Specials: Also participates in Sanford Farmers' Market, Saturday mornings (9am-12pm) from April through September.
Contact: 919-775-4242

Logan Farms, 110 Logan Farm Lane, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries (May); sweet corn (July); tomatoes (July through September), sweet potatoes (August through October); bedding and vegetable plants to grow (April through October)
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 7:30am-8pm
Contact: 919-776-1898

McNeill Farms, 5948 Lemon Springs Road, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage (mid-April through mid-June); greenhouse cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers (mid-April through mid-July); sweet corn, field tomatoes, and peppers (July-September); field peas (mid-September through late-September); sweet potatoes (October through November)
When: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 8am-6pm
Contact: 919-774-1085

Phillips Greenhouse and Produce LLC, 6822 Bradley Road, Sanford NC
What: Blackberries, grapes, greenhouse vegetables, and peppers
When: Call for hours
Contact: 919-935-9575, email

Spivey Farms, 285 McCormick Road, Sanford NC
What: Strawberries, Silver King corn, butterbeans, cucumbers, okra, squash, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, hoop cheese, cured ham and meat products, jams and jellies, pickled vegetables, local honey, country style and fruit butters, blackstrap molasses, and more.
When: Mondays-Saturdays from 8am-6pm.
Contact: 919-499-0807, website, Facebook

OPEN AIR MARKETS

Jackson Bros. Produce, 2424 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Sanford NC
What: Farm fresh milk, local produce, and local products like hoop cheese, fruit butters, pickled vegetables, chow chow, country side meat, watermelon rind pickles, jellies and preserves, garden honey, blackstrap molasses, and Farmers Roasted Soynuts.
When: Mondays-Fridays from 7am-7:30pm, Saturdays from 7am-7pm, and Sundays from 8am-6pm
Specials: Also sell plants for growing and offer a roadside grill featuring NC barbecue.
Contact: 919-776-6632, email, website

Sanford Farmers' Market, Depot Park at 106 Charlotte Avenue, Sanford NC
What: Seasonal produce, chicken and pork products, plants, homemade soaps and jewelry.
When: Saturdays from 9am-noon from April 30-September 30
Contact: 919-356-3007, e-mail

MORE: Interested in fresh, local products all year round? Don't forget about these other options, which include the Farm2Table program and Carolina Grown CSA.

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