Fall crops, agritourism star on small screen Sept. 3

Co-owner Diana May bales and nets a Fraser fir for a customer at Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm

This just in from the marketing division of the NC Department of Agriculture. I can’t attest to the quality of the show, because I haven’t previewed it, nor did I see the spring segment, but here’s the skinny:

“The second episode in a two-part series looking at North Carolina agriculture’s transition from primarily tobacco production to a more diverse commodity base will air on UNC-TV Friday, Sept. 3, at 9:30 p.m.

“North Carolina Farm Fresh: Fall Harvest” will highlight the role farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms are playing in the state’s new agricultural economy.” Producer Rick Sullivan visited farms across the state to explore their direct-to-consumer efforts.

Visitors enjoy a hay ride at Mike's Farm

Farms featured in the show that also are featured in my book include Coon Rock Farm, Hillsborough (Orange County); J.H. Stepp Farm’s Hillcrest Orchard, Hendersonville (Henderson); Mike’s Farm, Beulaville (Onslow); Vollmer Farm, Bunn (Franklin); Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm, Apex (Chatham County); Ty-Lyn Plantation, Cullowhee (Jackson); and Celebrity Dairy, Siler City (Chatham).

The series is a joint project between UNC-TV and the Agriculture Department and funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund.

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