North Carolina Local Foods

Farm Fresh Produce, Pulled Pork, and More from the Tar Heel State

North Carolina is famous for its good eating, from pulled pork to excellent crab, boiled peanuts to fresh-from-the-field produce. Find farmers' markets and other resources for local foods in North Carolina.

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    North Carolina Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

    Brandywine Tomatoes

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    See what's in season in North Carolina with this Guide to North Carolina Produce.

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    North Carolina Specialties: Blue Crab

    Blue Crabs on newspapers

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    The coast and Outerbanks of North Carolina are home to delicious blue crabs. They are best served boiled, drained, and piled up on a picnic table with plenty of room for everyone to gather around and start picking. It's a slow and immensely satisfying process.

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    North Carolina Specialties: Pulled Pork

    Carolina Style BBQ Sauce

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    Serious barbecue lovers will want an explanation of the Vinegar Sauce that makes Carolina barbecue so tangy and tender.

    To make your own Carolina Barbecue, you'll need to start with the right Carolina Barbecue Rub before adding the Carolina Barbecue Sauce in order to make Carolina Pulled Pork or Piedmont Pulled Pork.

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    North Carolina Food Local Foods Festivals

    North Carolina hosts many food festivals. Two hightlights, however, happen every October. First comes the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City then the North Carolina Barbecue Festival in Lexington.

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    North Carolina Local Foods Resources

    Find more great North Carolina local foods:

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    North Carolina Fisheries

    That North Carolina coast is home to some delicious seafood. One way to get some for yourself is to join Walking Fish, a community-supported fishery operating in Raleigh-Durham.