Cooperative Extension Presents Free Events at the NCRC Farmers Market

N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market Grows Public Educational Offerings for 2009

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Visitors to this year’s N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market can learn what Cabarrus County is doing to grow more farmers, celebrate a major milestone with one of the world’s largest youth organizations and take home delicious and nutritious recipes from The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County, who appears on UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener.

N.C. Cooperative Extension staff from Cabarrus and Rowan counties will present fun-to-learn educational opportunities at the Farmers Market. The events take place at the Farmers Market on Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. on West Avenue in Kannapolis. Events are scheduled throughout the 2009 Farmers Market, with the season ending on October 29.

Event Schedule

May 7, 2009
Sensational Strawberry Taste Test
Your taste buds will jump for joy when they taste this season’s strawberries. We’re celebrating the Cooperative Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program’s (EFNEP) 40th anniversary! Join Millie Clark, with EFNEP in Cabarrus County, and try a delicious dish prepared from fresh N.C. strawberries while you pick up strawberry preparation, shopping and storage tips at the N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market.

May 14, 2009
Celebrate 100 Years of Cabarrus County 4-H!
4-H is celebrating its 100th birthday! Come learn about one of the world’s largest youth organizations and join in the fun with carnival games and more at the N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market!

May 21, 2009
Meet The Produce Lady
The Produce Lady provides a cooking demonstration and tips on using fresh produce from local farmers at this year’s N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market. The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County, appears on UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener this month and is online at www.theproducelady.org.

May 28, 2009
What’s an Incubator Farm?
Cabarrus County is a leader in supporting local farmers and growing new ones. Visit the N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market to learn more about the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, a partnership with the county and N.C. Cooperative Extension. David Goforth and Carl Pless, with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, will share details!

June 4, 2009
Preserving Nature’s Flavors
Enjoy the flavors of this season’s fresh produce all year long. Pick up the latest canning updates and get your digital-gauge pressure canner tester from Pam Outen, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County. Stroll through the Farmers Market for local fresh produce that you can now preserve throughout the year.

June 11, 2009
Preparing Fresh Produce at Home
Learn how to plan, shop and prepare market produce with cooking tips you can use at home. Toi Degree, with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rowan County, will offer food demonstrations using locally grown fresh produce from the market – and you take home the recipes!

June 18, 2009
Fun in the Sun Safety!
We all love summertime fun in the sun, but it needs to be in moderation. Beverly Bollenbecker, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, will provide an environmental session for youth and adults on ultraviolet (UV) protection and sun safety at this year’s Farmers Market. Children can make sun bracelets with beads that change colors in the sun, letting them know when it’s time to head for the shade.

June 25, 2009
Zucchini 500
“Children, start your imaginations!” Zucchini is in abundance and it’s time to have some fun. Join us for an afternoon of excitement and education at the Farmers Market and create your own zucchini “race car” to compete for prizes in five categories: Fastest, School Spirit, NASCAR theme, Most Nutritious, Overall Creative.  Bobby Waltrip, of the legendary race family, will call the race. Watch for more details or call 704-250-5400 for more information.

July 2, 2009
Tomato Taste Test
Treat your taste buds to a variety of tomatoes. Compare the flavors of locally grown tomatoes as Toi Degree, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rowan County, discusses the qualities and health benefits in this delicious and nutritious fruit. Have fun deciding which one you like best!

July 9, 2009
Wash Your Hands!
Debbie Bost, with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, discusses how the simple habit of hand washing reduces health risks and is an important food safety measure.

July 16, 2009
Tasty Tips from The Produce Lady
The Produce Lady makes Fruit Blast smoothies and shares tips on using fresh produce from local farmers at this year’s N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market. The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County, appears on UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener this month and is online at www.theproducelady.org.

July 23, 2009
The Science of Nutrition – Measuring Nutrients with a Refractometer
The amount of nutrients in fresh produce can vary greatly; you can learn how to measure the nutrients in your foods at this year’s Farmers Market. Join Carl Pless, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, as he demonstrates a refractometer, an instrument for measuring the dissolved solids content of fruits and vegetables, and enter the raffle for a free refractometer.

July 30, 2009
Homemade Biltmore Peach Ice Cream
July is National Ice Cream Month, and what better way to celebrate than with homemade Biltmore peach ice cream. Visit the Farmers Market as Jim Cowden, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rowan County, gives out free scoops of this sweet summer favorite to the whole family!

August 6, 2009
Recycling the Rain
Water is our most precious resource. Learn how to recycle and reuse rain water as Darrell Blackwelder, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rowan County, explains the set-up and uses of rain barrels. Visitors can place orders for rain barrels at the Farmers Market as well as enter a raffle for a free one!

August 13, 2009
Salsa Sizzle
Cabarrus Extension and Community Association (ECA) members will make fresh salsa from locally grown tomatoes for all to enjoy!

August 20, 2009
Test Your Soil with Extension Master Gardeners
Any farmer or backyard gardener that’s serious about success will have their soil tested. Here’s your chance to pick up soil test boxes and forms to send to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. David Goforth and Extension Master Gardeners in Cabarrus County will be available to answer questions about soil.

August 27, 2009
Fun in the Sun Safety!
We all love summertime fun in the sun, but it needs to be in moderation. Minnie Mitchell, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, will provide an environmental session for youth and adults on ultraviolet (UV) protection and sun safety at this year’s Farmers Market. Children can make sun bracelets with beads that change colors in the sun, letting them know when it’s time to head for the shade.

September 3, 2009
Previewing the Cabarrus County Fair
Visit the Farmers Market to get a sneak peak at this year’s fair and meet some of the farmers and N.C. Cooperative Extension staff who will be participating. The Cabarrus County Fair runs from September 11 to 19, where local farmers will have their fresh produce on display.

September 10, 2009
Previewing the Rowan County Fair
Visit the Farmers Market to get a sneak peak at this year’s fair and meet some of the farmers and N.C. Cooperative Extension staff who will be participating. The Rowan County Fair runs from September 21 to 26, where local farmers will have their fresh produce on display.

September 17, 2009
Tasty Tips from The Produce Lady
The Produce Lady provides a cooking demonstration using okra, corn and tomatoes as well as shares tips on using fresh produce from local farmers at this year’s N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market. The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County, appears on UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener and is online at www.theproducelady.org.

September 24, 2009
Terrifically Tangy Pasta Salad
Join Millie Clark, N.C. Cooperative Extension, as she prepares a tangy pasta salad made from ingredients found at this year’s Farmers Market. Sample the salad and take home information on fresh produce preparation, shopping and recipes.

October 1, 2009
Celebrate National 4-H Month!
October is National 4-H Month and time to recognize the 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. N.C. Cooperative Extension and Cabarrus County 4-H will offer fun and games in addition to informational materials about the organization at this year’s Farmers Market.

October 8, 2009
Jump Into Healthy Living with 4-H!
Cabarrus County 4-H members will present a jump rope exhibition to promote healthy living and nutrition at this year’s Farmers Market. Learn more about Cabarrus County 4-H at www.cabarruscounty4h.com.

October 15, 2009
Pumpkin Delicious!
Pumpkins are typically decorated this time of year, but there are plenty of nutritious uses for this flavorful fruit. Pumpkins are chock full of Vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Visit Pam Outen, with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Cabarrus County, and learn fun and delicious tips on using and preparing pumpkins, including the edible seeds!

October 22, 2009
4-H Talent Showcase
Cabarrus County 4-H’ers will showcase their performing arts skills.  Come be entertained by talented youth from our area who will sing, play musical instruments and share theatrical skills!

October 29, 2009
Pumpkin Painting
Decorate pumpkins for Halloween at the Farmers Market this year! The whole family can enjoy a fall afternoon painting pumpkins and sampling fresh produce from local farmers.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T; State University. It has programs in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. Learn more at www.ces.ncsu.edu.

The N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market is a joint effort of Castle & Cooke; Piedmont Farmers Market, an organization of local farmers who sponsor several Cabarrus County farmers markets; and the staff of N.C. State University at the Research Campus. The complete listing of weekly events for this year’s Farmers Market can be found online at www.ncvalueadded.org.

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