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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

CONTACT:

Monica Wood, marketing specialist
State Farmers Market
919-733-7417; monica.wood@ncagr.gov

State Farmers Market to host Sweet Potato Day Thursday

WHAT:

The State Farmers Market will celebrate North Carolina’s $176 million sweet potato industry with Sweet Potato Day. During the event, visitors can enjoy free sweet potato dessert samples and recipes. Locally grown sweet potatoes also will be available for purchase.

North Carolina leads the nation in sweet potato production, growing nearly half of the nation’s crop. In 2010, N.C. farmers planted 55,000 acres of sweet potatoes across the state, producing a record crop.

WHEN:

Thursday, Sept. 27
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

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

WHO:

Sweet Potato Day is sponsored by the N.C. SweetPotato Commission, State Farmers Market Restaurant and the State Farmers Market.

MORE INFO:

Market vendors have a variety of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, corn, apples and other fall produce. Visitors also will find plants, trees and shrubs for their home gardens, as well as a large selection of fall pumpkins and gourds.

For more information about Sweet Potato Day and other events at the State Farmers Market, go to www.statefarmersmarket.org.

-pmj-2

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) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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