Recipe: Cantaloupe punch that tastes like August

By on August 16, 2018

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina.

This week our state took back bragging rights for world’s largest cantaloupe thanks to Danny Vester from Spring Hope. It has got us thinking about how delicious fresh, juicy sliced cantaloupe taste. Most of the time, cantaloupe is enjoyed just by itself or as part of a fruit salad.  If you want to know other ways to prepare and serve cantaloupe check 0ut a few on Local Dish. For a summer treat – try the cantaloupe punch featured below.

“Tastes like August.” Those are the words Brian uses in the video below to describe this recipe for cantaloupe punch. This drink is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers and even summer afternoon showers. The recipe includes 3 cups of cubed cantaloupe, 2 cups of lime sherbert, 1 cup of ginger ale, a pinch of salt and a splash of lime juice. Lisa suggests serving the beverage in chilled glasses. She also recommends trying the recipe with raspberry sherbert.

Cantaloupes and other melons are in season at area farmers markets and roadside stands. To find a location near you, go to www.ncfarmfresh.com.

 

It’s a record! Danny Vester’s 65.9 pound cantaloupe brings World’s Largest back to North Carolina

By on August 15, 2018

  Danny Vester of Spring Hope grows them big. The Nash County native is the only North Carolinian to grow three pumpkins over 1,200 pounds each, breaking the state record twice. This week at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh,

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: FDA may take action to enforce truth in labeling on milk products

By on August 14, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Continual efforts are under way to encourage the Food and Drug Administration to take action to enforce truth in labeling on milk

Crop Report: Rain and more rain determining crop conditions and harvest times

By on August 13, 2018

Rain continues to be a challenge this growing season according to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ regional agronomists. Regional agronomists located across the state work individually with farmers to help troubleshoot problems and increase crop production. They are

News Roundup

News Roundup: Aug. 4-10

By on August 10, 2018

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Best farmers’ markets in America,”  MSN: The State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont

Recipe: simple squash and onions

By on August 9, 2018

It’s that time of year when farmers markets and neighbors with abundant gardens are teeming with fresh yellow squash and zucchini. If you are the type that have shied away from squash because your weren’t quite sure how to prepare

Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

By on August 8, 2018

In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: N.C. Congressmen bringing national attention to the implications of nuisance lawsuits in the state.

By on August 7, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The ongoing nuisance lawsuits against hog production in North Carolina were the topic of discussion of a National Agriculture Leaders Roundtable hosted

News Roundup: July 28 – August 3

By on August 3, 2018

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “RECALL UPDATE: Kellogg’s recalled Honey Smacks still found on NC shelves with 4 NC salmonella

Recipe: Tomato Casserole from the NCDA&CS Chief of Staff

By on August 2, 2018

Now that tomato season is underway and they’re popping up in your local farmers market, it’s time to get creative with summer recipes. While the classic tomato sandwich never gets old, Zane Hedgecock, the N.C. Department of Agriculture chief of