Season for Strawberries

April 22, 2017

One of the most exciting parts of early summer is watching strawberries grow from tiny, hard, pea-sized things to bright red bites of goodness. The local strawberry season has begun, and we can expect it to last at least through mid-June. Whether you're just dropping in for a visit or you're a local, drop in for some sweet, soft, brilliant strawberries.

Taking Care of Your Berries

When you get your strawberries, you'll want to take steps to preserve their shape and texture, especially if you purchased a lot of them and want to eat them whole. But even if you get just a quart of berries, you'll want to take care to keep them in good shape.

If you purchased a large bucket of strawberries and plan to keep them for a few days, the best step you can take is to separate the berries and put them in smaller containers. Sweet berries are soft berries, and ours are very sweet. After a night in the fridge, the sheer weight of the berries on the top of the bucket can crush those on the bottom. Of course, if you plan to make preserves or mix the berries in frozen yogurt that day, then maybe a bit of bruising is not such a big deal.

Before eating any berries, we strongly recommend giving them a good wash with cold water. This gets rid of lingering particulates, but it also perks up the berries. Also check your berries for mold: if bruises start to turn dark or you see fluffy white growths, don't eat affected strawberries and give neighboring berries a good wash. You may be able to affected berries by cutting away distasteful sections, but if a berry is more than 50% affected then recommend using it for compost instead.

Remember that food mold loves sugary fruits but is not toxic, so don't panic even if you wake up to find one of your strawberries has gone full "cotton ball." Refrigeration and gentle handling are the best means to preserve fresh strawberries at home.

Now Open for 2017

April 21, 2017

The green-and-white awnings are up once again as we begin the 2016 growing season! We are very excited for this year, as we have a great crew coming in and we are delighted at the stock our growers have set up for us. We've opened a little later this year compared to last year, but that's due mainly to the weird winter and cool spring this year. Nevertheless, the first day has been a blast and we are committed to bringing you the best produce throughout the seasons.

We'll be open daily from 8am-5pm, with extended weekend hours during summer. The Greenhouse may not have the fullest stock just yet, but the Farm Market will be pretty darn full. We even have the bakery and fudge counters going, so stop by for a sweet treat while you browse our produce. Soon we'll have our regular seasonal highlights, so check back often for updates on availability!

Are you ready? We're ready. From the first to the last day of the season, drop in to Grandy's for some great produce, baked goods, and other treats.

April 21st!

April 19, 2017

The produce truck is fuelled up and shiny, the store is swept and pretty, and the bakery ovens are scrubbed within an inch of their lives. But, most importantly, our local growers are ready with lots of produce. We are ready for the 2017 season, and we'll be opening this Friday!

We plan to open on April 21st, at 8:00am sharp, and from then on we'll be open daily from 8am-5pm. As the summer season really kicks in, we'll extend our weekend hours to 7am-6pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Final Preparations...

April 06, 2017

Easter is just around the corner, and we are busy getting the market ready for the coming season. Though indeed part of the South, North Carolina still needs a little longer to warm up (we are "North," after all) so the growing season hasn't quite kicked off just yet.

We will keep you updated with news as soon as we are open for business for the 2017 season. It won't be long now, and we'll look forward to seeing you real soon!