Grower/Buyer Exchange

Our next Grower/ Buyer Exchange is set for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, in Concord, NC., one day after the Flavors of Carolina show. We’ll have buyers from Food Lion, The Fresh Market and Jeanette Brothers Foodservice Distributors on hand looking to establish sources for select product categories. The day will be structured in 15-minute, one-on-one sessions beginning at 8 AM and ending at 4 PM.

Food Lion buyers will focus on fresh fruits/ vegetables and packaged nuts. The Fresh Market buyers will focus on fresh fruits/ vegetables, packaged nuts, fluid dairy products, eggs and locally roasted coffees. Jeanette Brothers buyers will focus on just the fresh fruit/ vegetable category.

We need our staff to inform all growers, associations and extension office contacts statewide within their areas of interest. Especially critical is making sure the extension offices are aware of this opportunity since they can aid our efforts greatly to get the word out.

This is the direct link that is available now for growers to sign up for a session and get more details. Registration deadline is January 10th.

Thanks and feel free to reach out to me or my staff for more information.

Tim Parrish

Domestic Marketing Manager

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1020

Physical address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Office: (919) 707-3137

Cell: (919) 961-0596



The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for the NC Organic Cost Share program.

This year’s program will reimburse applicants for expenses incurred and paid towards obtaining or continuing organic certification between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. Covered expenses include application fees, inspection costs, travel costs for inspectors and sales assessments.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 29, 2019.

Information on the program can be found online at

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Barnes, Marketing Specialist, at or 919-707-3127.

Heather Barnes

Marketing Specialist


1020 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1020


919-715-0155 (fax)


Willow Spring, NC

Contact:  Ashley Porter

Phone:  (919)669-4061

6000 Merced strawberry plants (PEI origin)

Lilley Farms & Nursery, Inc. (Chesapeake, VA)

Contact:  Jerry Lilley

Phone:  (757)435-2084

90 Flats of Chandler Plugs (50/flat)

Aarons Creek Farms, Inc. (Buffalo Junction, VA)

Contact:  Greg Williamson

Phone:  (434) 374-2174 ext 223

We have the following extra for sale in 50 cell trays:



Sweet Charlie-35,000

Fresh-Pik Produce, Inc. (Kenly, NC)

Contact:  Jim Warenda

Office:  252-237-1260 / Cell:  252-205-2783


Chandler- 18,000

Camarosa- 7,000

Albion- 40,000


Ethan Lineberger
Phone:  704-530-9844

5000 Chandler plugs

Carrigan Farms (Mooresville, NC)

Contact:  Doug Carrigan

Phone:  (704)662-2014

Chandler plugs – 2,000

Chesterfield Berry Farm (Moseley VA)

Contact:  Aaron Goode

Call/Text:  (804) 986-1573

5 extra boxes Ruby June cutoffs from Lassen Canyon

Britt Farms (Mt. Olive, NC)

Contact:  Vernon Britt

Cell:  (919)580-8710


Camarosa – 3,000 cut-offs (from Lassen Canyon)

If you would like help advertising your extra plants, please email your information to Kristy Phillips –  The email must include the following:  number of plants, varieties (ex: camarosa cutoffs or plugs), contact name, phone number and email.




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 –

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.


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