RALEIGH -The State Farmers Market can help add a local touch to your holiday meals or gift giving with three special events planned in November.
This weekend, crafters and artisans will sell their wares during the annual Fall Craft Fair. Vendors will offer quilts, stained glass, woodworking items, pottery, ornaments, handbags, birdhouses, wreaths and more. The craft fair runs Nov. 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 15, fans of leafy greens can get their fill at Colossal Collard Day. The event highlights collards and other seasonal greens available at the market. Guests can try free samples of collards from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn more about the selection of greens grown in North Carolina.
Pecans will take center stage at the Pecan Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The State Farmers Market Restaurant will provide free samples of a pecan dessert for the event. Visitors also will have the chance to purchase pecans from market vendors and pick up some free recipes to try at home during the holidays.
Open year round, the State Farmers Market offers a large selection of seasonal produce, meats and cheeses, local wines, plants and more. In November, visitors can find NC apples, cabbage, greens, peanuts, pecans, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, wreaths and other fall decorations.
The market is located at 1201 Agriculture St. in Raleigh. To get to the market, take exit 297 off Interstate 40. More information about the market and other upcoming events is available at www.statefarmersmarket.org.
As you grow and reap from your Fall gardens, Grow And Share is preparing for the Spring plantings. We are gathering seed, soil, pots to reuse, and volunteers.
Spring 2013, we gave away close to 18,000 plants. Tentatively, we have a goal of 20,000 for Spring 2014. We also gave away seed to schools, clubs, and individuals and that will continue in the Spring.
We also have a goal of expanding greenhouse space for 2014. We know that the Zebulon NC greenhouse can be a long drive for some, and are working on growing and teaching space in Raleigh NC for 2014. Stay tuned! And, no matter where you are in the continental US, you can volunteer to grow in your own greenhouse space and coordinate Garden Plant Giveaways for Grow And Share.
Please keep us in mind as you clear your yards for the winter. We can use small planting trays and pots… under 3″ is best. We also plant in used food containers such as yoghurt and sour cream tubs. Please save them, drop them by the greenhouse, or (if you have lots) we can discuss pick-up. Anyone aware of a plant seller or home improvement store that is throwing away pots and trays, please contact us so that we can ask them for their “trash”. Re-use is good for all, including our planet.
A few years ago, Hartford Greenhouse (Hartford OH) mailed us huge boxes of planting trays and inserts, along with potting soil.
In 2011-12, Capritopia Farm (near Louisburg NC) provided us with many trays for planting, as well as some mixed soil. Grey Squirrel Farm (sadly, closed now) also contributed during that year, ensuring we had enough trays to plant 20,000 plants.
This Spring, we reused many of these trays, plus had additional trays from Logan’s trading and soil from North Carolina Mulch (Middlesex NC), aged horse manure from a farm owner in Raleigh.
For the Spring to come, we’d love to get some used planting trays and inserts that we can re-use. We have many trays from Logan’s waiting in the greenhouse, but are short on the inserts we will need. Small pots can also work, even recycled “pots” like yogurt cups or other small containers.
Please let us know if you can drop some off, or have a large supply we could pick up. THANK YOU!
Doing some greenhouse cleanup and figuring out what we will need for Spring growing.
Looks like we will have a good number of growing trays, thanks to volunteer Linda G. who picked up Logan’s used trays for us to recycle.
We’ll be needing more 1 to 4 inch pots, or paper cups… will need thousands. If you come across a nursery throwing away pots, or a restaurant willing to order paper cups in bulk, we would like to get these no later than January for February starters.
We’ll also be looking for a good potting mix in bulk. We’ve been using a mix of aged horse manure, mulch, and soil. If anyone has some horse manure, mulch, or even bagged potting soil, we’d love to get it in place over the next few months.
We have a good supply of seed remaining, thanks to the generous donations from Hartford Greenhouse, Renee’s, Logan’s, and Southern States. We always accept seed (no GMO) no matter the time of year. Even old seed will grow; we just plant a little thicker! It would be great to get leftover seed you do not want, or donations from shops clearing their end-of-year inventory. Edibles preferred, though we also accept flower seed and give away the packets to help folks draw pollinators to their gardens–or keep away bugs!
NC Park & Recreation Association has some grant money available – for community garden projects that are run through a Park and Rec for a community garden on public land. It must be on public land, and must be in cooperation with your local Parks and Rec Dept. If you are in these NC counties, they would love for your P&R to apply:
Anson, Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Caswell, Chowan, Columbus, Davie, Graham, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Henderson, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Randolph, Scotland, Swain, Union, Vance, Washington, Yadkin and Yancey
Start a community garden or refurbish an existing one! Contact Michelle at: 919-832-5868 | Michelle@ncrpa.net The application is online at http://www.ncrpa.net/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=63
The amount of funding varies with a maximum of $3.000 but could be less. The deadline for this “second chance” is June 17th.
We will be in the greenhouse a good part of this morning (Saturday), if anyone is coming by for plants. We have tomatoes big and small, tomatillos, peppers, hot peppers, and eggplant. Also a few squash and cukes.
plants are free. You can sign your Pledge To Share in the greenhouse (noy necessary if you already signed one for this year).
Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant — you might allow a few extra minutes as we will transplant what you want out of trays and into pots for you to take home.
Click here to view the information for Spring 2013 Garden Plant Giveaways, including Pledge To Share form.
You can print this PDF in advance and fill it out to save you time at the Giveaway.
We *estimate* there will be UP TO 2,000 plants at each giveaway.
When plants run out, we will still collect Pledges for those willing to share their harvest with plants they have purchased elsewhere. You don’t have to have our plants to grow and share; you just need to have a willingness to give and a garden where you are growing. All US residents may participate!
CHANGE IN GIVEAWAYS…
I’ll get an uploaded listing posted tomorrow. We’re moving the Raleigh giveaway to
New Hope Baptist Church
4301 Louisburg Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
The giveaway at New Hope Baptist Church is Sunday, April 21st at 2pm.
This new giveaway location/date replaces the other Raleigh church giveaway set for April 20th at 1pm. That one is canceled, and the updates listing will reflect that.
Thank you to everyone who came by on Saturday to plant — Annette, Lisa, Linda, Pam, Chris, Kristy, Jenn, Kim, Nancy, Bobby, and all! I wish I’d taken photos. (Hope I haven’t forgotten anyone!) Also, thank you Linda for coming by today, and for the supplies — gloves, popsickle sticks, permanent markers, screen, and more — that help us get the job done.
We planted many cukes, melons, and summer squash. Previously we had planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and some herbs. The greenhouse has a lot of potential plants in it right now! So far, the tomatoes and basil are showing above the surface. I think I might have seen a pepper or two, and some cilantro!
We’ve planted honeydew this year, and I believe is the first time. I guess we just didn’t have that seed the prior 4 years. Hopefully they will come up and we can add them to our list of available plants. If Grow And Share plants help you grow more than you need each year, helping you feed your neighbors, I hope you’ll take a moment to thank our volunteers during the April Garden Plant Giveaways.
Grow And Share is aiming to make your donations go even further!
We’re participating in the Feinstein Foundation March/April 2013 $1Million Challenge! Just make a donation to Grow And Share right now — or at least no later than the end of April — and we can include it in our funds raised, then request matching funds from the Feinstein Foundation. Your dollars end up attracting other dollars, which brings a boon to us, which means more classes and garden assistance for local folks.
More information about the foundation, and their 2013 $1Million Challenge may be found at www.feinsteinfoundation.org.