Posted on 7/31/2014

The Freshest Produce Around

Tomatoes growing at the Newbern's farm in Currituck County.It's been a great summer for local farmers. Take Hurricane Arthur out of the mix-and that was here and gone so quickly it hardly affected anything-and the weather has been as close to perfect for growing tomatoes, potatoes, corn and just about anything else grows in the farmland surrounding the Outer Banks.So with all of that wonderful produce growing locally, is it available on the Outer Banks”The short answer is yes, very much so.There are a number of stands lining US 158, the Carotoke Highway, coming from the north and they all work with local farmers. Coming from the west-not as many, actually none in Dare County, so wait until you're on the Outer Banks.As most of us know-and our regular visitors, there are a number of places to get local produce.Tar Heel Too at Seagate North in Kill Devil Hills is probably the best known and has been around longer than any other local produce stand. Ed Goninan has been manning his spot for about 30 years and he and his brother-in-law, who runs the original Tar Heel produce across from the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, know the farmers and know when they're picking. Great prices too. Going north, there are two stands in particular worth checking out.Green Acres Farm Market in Wee Winks Square in Duck is owned by the Newbern family. The large fields of tomatoes, corn, and melons just south of the Cotton Gin is the family farm and the produce they sell in their stand is often picked that morning. Seaside Farm Market at the north end of Timbuck II Shopping Center has great produce and wonderful samples. They also have an onsite bakery and and some basic refrigerator items. For our guests in Nags Head, there is a produce stand next to Austin Seafood Company. Austin's has been around for over 50 years and has some of the best local seafood around. It's convenient-excellent seafood and fresh produce in one stop.
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