🍓 4th Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Showcase🍓

You’re invited……

Program: 4th Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Showcase – BBQ Luncheon Sponsored by Lassen Canyon Strawberry Breeding Program

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Time: 10:30 am – 2 pm

Location: Cottle Strawberry Nursery, Inc. (Address:  2488 W NC HWY 403, Faison, NC 28341) –  www.cottlefarms.com

10:30 AM – Registration at Cottle Strawberry Nursery (look for directional signs from Highway 403 to the location of the Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Trial)
11:00 AM – Welcome & Recognition of Special Guests – Dr. Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus, NC State
11:15 AM – Special Tour of Variety Plots and Advanced Strawberry Selections
12:20 PM – BBQ Luncheon Catered by McCall’s BBQ & Seafood Restaurant
1:15 PM – Raffle for Nursery Plants and an Omega Digital Thermometer

RSVP – By no later than Friday, April 19th, please let Barclay Poling know if you plan on coming and how many people will be in your party, so I can give McCall’s an accurate meal count. There is NO registration fee. RSVP with a text message to: 919-418-9687, or an email to strawberrydoc@gmail.com

Strawberry Day Events 2019

Strawberry Day Event Schedule 2019

State Farmers Market, Raleigh
Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Recipe Contest
Appearance by Suzy Strawberry
Brochures and Nutritional Information for NC Strawberries
Lots of fresh delicious NC Strawberries on the market!

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax
Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Recipe Contest
Appearance by Suzy Strawberry
Brochures and Nutritional Information for NC Strawberries
Lots of fresh delicious NC Strawberries on the market!

For more details, visit www.ncagr.gov

2019 Scholarship Application


The NC Strawberry Association’s Scholarship Program continues to grow! Our award began with two $500 awards in 2011, and the program has had the good fortune of growing a little bit each year. NCSA currently offers three $2,000 awards to be given in 2019. Funds for the scholarship come from member dues – $2 per membership – and funds raised at the auction during the Strawberry Expo. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our silent or live auction at the 2018 Strawberry Expo in Winston-Salem, NC.

The intent of this scholarship is to promote future leadership in the strawberry industry. Applicants should be high school seniors or current college students accepted to or currently enrolled in a land grant university who are interested in or have declared a major in a program of study directly related to the strawberry industry (for example, small fruit production, marketing, food science, nutrition, entomology, agronomy, etc.). Applications from family members of NCSA members, both in North Carolina and in other states, are encouraged.


The application must be emailed or postmarked on or before May 1, 2019.

Please also share information about this scholarship with students and schools in your area.


Place your order TODAY!  Order signs, Strawberry Time coloring books and other promotional materials from the NC Strawberry Association

We print materials based on pre-orders from our growers in March so we may not be able to fulfill late orders.  Click on links below to download PDF order form and catalog.

Promo Order Form 2019

Promotional Catalog Items 2019

EMAIL order form to Kristy Phillips – info@ncstrawberry.com

or MAIL order form to NCSA, PO Box 543, Siler City, NC  27344

NEW COLORING BOOK!!!  In 2018, the Marketing Committee developed a new edition of our “Strawberry Time” coloring book. The new book is the same size, with the same number of pages, but features a brand new full color cover.  It tells the story of the strawberry plant from fall planting to spring harvest.  The book now includes pages that encourage handwashing before picking fruit in the field and washing fruit before eating it at home.  Also tips on how to pick strawberries were added.  Each page has new black and white drawings to color and the activities in the back of the book are all new as well.


2019 Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs

TO: Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Growers

FROM: Roy D. Flanagan III – Agriculture Extension Agent

SUBJECT: Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs – February 26 & 27, 2019

DATE: January 21, 2019

I hope this letter finds you well and excited about the 2019 strawberry crop.  This letter is to inform you of our upcoming 2019 Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs on February 26th and 27th. Our Strawberry Field Walk will be held on February 26th from 12:30 p.m. until dark. Our Evening Program, “Soil Fumigant Applicator Training and Certification” will take place immediately following the Field Walk. Our Strawberry School and Tradeshow is the following day, February 27th, at the Advanced Technology Center from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional details are enclosed on the reverse of this letter for your review.

We are currently in the process of pursuing pesticide recertification credits for the Strawberry School from Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. Please contact me directly if you would like to be notified when they are secured. Also, if you are traveling in from another state and would like me to pursue recertification credits for your state, contact me directly and I will give every effort to make that happen.

For those of you attending from out of town, I have been able to secure a special room rate of $89 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Book your group rate for Mid-Atlantic Strawberries Program . Please contact them directly at (757) 422-4885, and mention that you’re with the Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs to receive the group rate.

Pre-registration is required for ALL of our programs. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly by phone at (757) 385-4769/office or (757) 641-1434/cell. You can also reach me by email at royf@vt.edu.
Many thanks to you all for helping to make this program a success year-after-year. I look forward to seeing you next month!

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Jill Wright at the Virginia Beach Extension Office at (757) 385-4769/TDD# (800) 828-1120) during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.



New to Agritourism in North Carolina?

New to Agritourism? This webinar is for you.

Agritourism in North Carolina: The Benefits, Critical Success Factors and Marketing: (Recorded live on May 30, 2018). Agribusiness is North Carolina’s top industry.  North Carolina is also a leader in Agritourism.  Learn about the benefits of Agritourism, or welcoming visitors to the farm, the critical success factors and marketing opportunities for farmers.  Most importantly, learn how the collective force of rural assets of agriculture, local food and tourism, matched with economic development strategies, has limitless potential to boost community vibrancy across the state.

How Beneficial is Agritourism? North Carolina Farmers and Residents Respond

Agritourism, Farm Visits, Agro-Tourism— Oh My! Do Farmers, Residents, and Extension Faculty Speak the Same Language?

Agritourism in North Carolina: Comparison Report of 2005 and 2012 Survey Results

Agritourism in North Carolina: Summary of Pilot Study Results.

Visit NCDA&CS website at http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agritourism/

Strawberry -Pretzel Icebox Pie

Second Place Winner–Strawberry Dessert Contest 2013
Kristina G. Harris, Raleigh, NC

2 c. finely crushed pretzel sticks
¾ cup butter, melted
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. strawberry gelatin (1/2 (3 oz) package)
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together first 3 ingredient
s, firmly press on bottom , up sides,
and onto lip of lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

2.Process strawberries in a food processor until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

3.Beat condensed milk, cream cheese, and gelatin at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add strawberries, beat at low speed just until blended.

4.Beat ¾ cup whipping cream at high speed until soft peakforms; gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture . Spoon into prepared crust. Cover and freeze 8 to 12 hours or until firm

5.Beat remaining 1 ¼ cups whipping cream at high speed until foamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Freeze 1 hour or until whipped cream is firm.

Serves 8

Source: Southern Living Magazine

Strawberry Rice Salad with Chicken & Almonds

By Betty Thompson Morton, Kernersville, NC
Honorable Mention

3 cups North Carolina Strawberry halves
1 cup North Carolina strawberry slices
1 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar or your favorite vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. seasoning blend (Spice Delight) or seasoned salt 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. local North Carolina honey
1 bag salad spring mix (3 cups packed leaves), roughly chopped
2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Slice and halve North Carolina strawberries. Prepare rice following package directions. When rice is done, fluff with a fork and cool.
While rice is cooling, in a large bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, and seasoning blend. Whisk in olive oil in a thin steady stream until dressing thickens. Whisk in honey.

Add rice, salad mix, chicken, almonds, and halved strawberries to dressing bowl, tossing to combineafter adding each ingredient
. Garnish with strawberry slices. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until chilled. Makes 6-8 servings.

• Cooked bulgur, quinoa, red or black rice, or whole-wheat couscous can be substituted for the cooked brown rice if desired.
• If a meatless meal is desired, cooked turkey or chicken can be left out.
• Toast almonds for extra flavor, if desired.
• For a quick salad, substitute Honey Mustard Dressing for the made-from-scratch dressing.
Continue with recipe as directed above.