Fresh Connection Newsletter

Got to Be NC Walmart Tour features nine stops
in July; Big Cart to make appearances, too

July 18, 2011

RALEIGH -- Shoppers looking for freshness from North Carolina farms will have plenty of opportunities to sample and buy fresh North Carolina food products at their local Walmart as part of the Got to Be NC Walmart Tour.

With so much consumer interest these days in buying local, we put this tour together to highlight North Carolina products that can be found in Walmart stores across the state, said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Some of our Goodness Grows in North Carolina members will be on hand offering samples of their products. This is a great way for consumers to try some of the high-quality products made or grown right here in North Carolina.รถ

The Big Cart at the Got to Be NC Festival 2011

In addition, shoppers can stop by and take their picture with the Big Cart, a 13-foot tall, 15-foot long motorized shopping cart that is part of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services & promotional efforts. The super-sized vehicle, with its Chevrolet 396 V-8 engine, is an attention grabber that has made appearances at store openings, parades and special events across the state.

Sampling will be held from 4-6 p.m. at each location. Following are the scheduled Walmart Tour dates and locations:

July 12 -- Arden, 60 Airport Road
July 13 -- Lincolnton, 401 N. General Blvd.
July 14 -- Charlotte, 8180 S. Tryon St.
July 18 -- Lexington, 160 Lowes Blvd.
July 19 -- Asheboro, 1226 E. Dixie Drive
July 26 -- Washington, 570 Pamlico Plaza
July 27 -- Jacksonville, 2025 N. Marine Road
July 28 -- Wilmington, 5226 Sigmon Road
July 29 -- Apex, 3151 Apex Peakway

Muscadines - Nutritional Superstars

The health benefits of muscadines offer priceless value to the body. Rewards are derived from eating part of, or even better, the whole grape. Why?

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Bite Into The First Apple Harvest Of The Season!

North Carolina has a reputation for producing high quality, flavorful apples and our season lasts from mid-August to December. Our traditional crops like red delicious and romes are still popular, but the new apple slice market is catching on fast too!

You already know that fresh-cut apple slices are appearing everywhere. Convenient, while maintaining that same yummy, crisp flavor, fresh-cut slices are quickly gaining the attention of healthy snackers.

Take your pick between a mix of sour varieties or a sweet selection in 3 lb. resealable bags, snack size 2 oz. bags or in individual tray packs complete with a caramel dip. Stored at the proper temperature of 32 degrees, these apple slices have a shelf life of 14 days. Purchasing NC fresh-cut apple slices puts a crisp, quality apple in the hands of your consumers quicker and with less shipping expense.

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NC Tomatoes: A Mouthwatering Experience

NC growers offer a wide variety of tomatoes that are available now through October, giving consumers an opportunity to reap the health benefits and enjoy the great tastes of this popular produce item.

Tomato growers statewide are planting popular varieties of plum, grape, cherry and slicing tomatoes. Grape tomatoes have definitely made an entrance into the homes of consumers. NC growers are providing more choices by adding Sweet Olive and a new Gardner variety to the popular Santa variety most commonly planted.

Plum varieties planted across the state are most often developed by nationally recognized Dr. Randy Gardner of NC State University. The Plum Crimson, a newer release by Dr. Gardner, is higher in Lycopene than other plum varieties. Tomatoes are being packed in: 6-packs, 4-packs, 3-packs, clustered tomatoes and clamshells.

Cherry tomato varieties remain a popular choice for salads and snacking. NC growers have stepped up the production of the Mountain Bell Cherry to fill the void created by a reduction in cherry tomato production in other states.

For more information on North Carolina tomatoes, visit the N.C. Tomato Growers Association web site at or