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Cash Crop 2019

By BusinessNC  Posted March 1, 2019 Appeared as a sponsored section in the March 2019 issue North Carolina is much more than its growing metropolitan areas such as Charlotte and the Triangle. It’s also endless acres of cropland, pasture and timber stands. The state’s agricultural sector is open to growth of all kinds. North Carolina has long been the nation’s leading sweet-potato producer. It’s also a powerhouse pork producer and a leader…

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How well do you know sweetpotatoes?

Living Well Eating Smart: How well do you know sweetpotatoes? Sweetpotato Energy Bites By Andrea Luttrell, RDN, LDN Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sweetpotato and yam? Turns out, quite a bit! While the names of these veggies often get mixed up (and are even used together on packaging), they really are pretty different. And interestingly, most of us have never even eaten a…

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Local Restaurants Celebrate North Carolina Sweetpotatoes

BY JESSICA MAURER, POSTED SEP 27, 2017 Throughout the month of September, the N.C. SweetPotato Commission has honored National Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiesta de Camotes. The celebration highlights Hispanic restaurants and bakeries throughout North Carolina that have created special dishes featuring sweetpotatoes. According to the commission, North Carolina has been the No. 1 sweetpotato producing state since 1971. The USDA reports that the state harvested nearly 95,000 acres of sweetpotatoes in 2016, nearly 30,000 more acres than the…

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Boyette Brothers Produce Adds Organic Sweetpotato Packing Line

The Boyette Family – Wiley, Regan, Robert and Michael By SPW Staff –August 25, 2017 Fourth-generation North Carolina sweetpotato grower Boyette Brothers Produce in Wilson, NC clearly knows a little something about growing sweetpotatoes. Based on ever-increasing demand, the company just added its first-ever certified organic packing line. The move became necessary after organic sweetpotato production grew more than 20 percent in a single year. Boyette Brothers acquired the certified organic designation for Covington sweetpotatoes in 2012 and…

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Scott Farms wins produce marketing award

Scott Farms leaders pictured from left to right are Alice Scott, President Sonny Scott, Kim Scott, Vice President for Farm Operations Linwood Scott, Heather Scott and Vice President for Sweetpotato Operations Dewey Scott. Contributed Photo Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:30 pm From staff reports LUCAMA — Scott Farms’ successful television advertising campaign has earned the Wilson County business a national marketing award. Scott Farms International’s “Innovation in Sweetpotatoes” promotional campaign received the 29th annual Produce…

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Triscuits Adds Sweetpotatoes To New Brown Rice Lineup

Nabisco’s new Brown Rice Triscuit lineup features wholesome new flavors like red bean with roasted red pepper and sweetpotato with roasted sweet onion. Triscuit is seeking to appeal to consumers who are eating more snacks and less traditional meals. “Consumers are looking for a lot of the same things they used to find in meals in snacks,” said Jimmy Wu, senior brand manager for Triscuit. “And that’s really foods with real food ingredients and real food value in…

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Food Delivery Service Blue Apron Features North Carolina Sweetpotatoes

This week, the NYC-based food delivery service Blue Apron included North Carolina sweetpotatoes in their delivery for their winter lentil salad. Neat, huh? The recipe was part of their vegetarian delivery option where once a week customers receive a box with ingredients to prepare 3 fresh meals. There is a non-vegetarian menu as well. Haven’t heard of Blue Apron? Here are the highlights: Economical For $30 per person per week, your Blue Apron delivery comes with all…

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Deborah Madison On Sweetpotatoes in Edible Chicago

Deborah Madison, the queen of vegetarian cooking, included a great piece on sweetpotatoes in the winter issue of Edible Chicago’s In Season section. Her simple explanation on the difference between a sweetpotato and a yam should clear up any confusion on the topic. She writes: The word “yam” has crept into the sweetpotato nomenclature out of an old misuse of the word, but also because there are two basic kinds of sweetpotatoes, those traditionally classified as “firm” (or dry) and those referred…

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Happy Sweetpotato Month + Ina Pinkney’s Recipe for Moroccan Sweetpotato Stew with Raisins

Did you know February is Sweetpotato Month? Well it is! And we’re celebrating with some of our favorite chefs that use sweetpotatoes on their menu year-round. Our first chef this month is Ina Pinkney of Ina’s in Chicago. One of her most popular menu items is her Moroccan Sweetpotato Stew. Check out Ina on WGN Chicago preparing her stew and let us know if you attempt to make it at home! [youtube]http://youtu.be/G2i-xBH9z3w[/youtube]…

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FRESH PLAZA REPORTS: GOOD WEATHER MAKES FOR CLEAN SWEETPOTATO CROP

Fresh Plaza journalist Carlos Nunez caught up with our very own Sue Johnson-Langdon to find out a little bit about this year’s stellar sweetpotato crop. Turns out we’ve had some great weather and North Carolina produced high volumes of sweetpotatoes with consistent quality. So proud! “Although this year’s sweetpotato acreage was 8 percent lower than the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate at the beginning of the season, favorable weather made up for that”, said Sue Johnson-Langon, executive director…

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