Harris Teeter farmers meeting Feb. 12

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a meeting Feb. 12 in Concord for N.C. farmers interested in selling fresh produce and greenery to Harris Teeter.

The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord.

“The department is committed to helping farmers find new markets for their products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This meeting will offer local growers a chance to meet with major retailers one-on-one in a way they may not otherwise get.”

Mark Hilton, vice president of produce and floral for Harris Teeter, will give an overview of Harris Teeter’s guidelines for selling to its stores. In addition, category specialists can answer farmers’ specific questions about purchasing requirements. Lunch will be provided.

The event is free, but registration is required by Feb. 2. To register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.

The department’s Marketing Division works with farmers and food businesses to expand domestic and international markets for local agricultural products. In addition, the division helps consumers identify N.C. agricultural products wherever they shop or eat through its Got to Be NC marketing program. More information about the program, including online directories to find N.C. products, is available at www.gottobenc.com.

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