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Cheers to North Carolina Distillers Using Locally Grown ProductsBroadslab Legacy Shine Bottle sitting on a barrel

Broadslab Distillery in Benson is one of three distillers using local farm products to make delicious spirits that are purely North Carolina. Hear what owner Jeremy Norris has to say about his roots and and what makes Broadslab products unique.
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Our State Magazine Spotlights Carolina Packers

The July issue of Our State Magazine was all about the I-95 corridor and the many local businesses that attract visitors to explore all that Johnston County has to offer. Even more exciting was Carolina Packers and red hot dogs were featured on the cover. Read More...


NC Sweet Potato Commission Plans 60th Anniversary Events

NC Sweet Potato Commission 60th Anniversary article.

BENSON, NC - What does it take to spark a progressive vision and propel that mission into a 60-year legacy? Dedication and tenacity. These words carry both intention and passion and describe the effort and commitment that has carried the North Carolina (NC) Sweet Potato Commission into its 60th-anniversary year kicking off today, June 30, 2021. Read more...


Stephenson’s Barbecue

If a hog isn’t pit-cooked, it isn’t barbecue. That’s Andy Stephenson’s belief. He says his father wouldn’t have had it any other way. Enjoy this article that appeared in Our State Magazine - CLICK HERE.

As counties grow, some try to slow density to catch up.

Michelle Pace Davis' farm encapsulates the changes Johnston County has faced in recent years. Until a few years ago, her family grew tobacco and row crops on about 250 acres, all while renting out still more land. Now, she focuses on pick-your-own produce on about half as much land, along with some livestock for meat sales. Her farm is best known these days for its strawberry fields, where families come to pick all the berries they want. Read the full article - HERE.


Commission Launches Program Promoting the Sweet Potato

Sweet potato in hands at the Ham & Yam Festival in Smithfield, NC.Apr. 10—BENSON — As North Carolina sweet potato growing season begins, the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Founded in 1961, the NCSPC is one of North Carolina's oldest agricultural commodity groups and serves as a go-to resource for all things sweet potatoes.  Read Full Article.


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