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The U.S. Agriculture secretary has declared Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.

Farmers markets and vendors have fresh sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, cabbage, okra, green beans, squash, cucumbers, and more.

Peach growers in California may soon have better tools for saving water.

Scientist Dong Wang is eval-uating whether infrared sensors and thermal technology can help growers descide when to water San Joaquin Valley peaches.




Celebrate Honey Bee Day; plant a fall pollinator garden

Farm Market Week set Aug. 3

Have fresh okra? Fix gumbo

Fresh summer okra and tomatoes from farmers markets become the perfect gumbo ingredients.

And to simplify that Southern taste, seasonings like Old Bay make this recipe easy to prepare..

New irrigation method studied



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By Bobbie Whitehead

Posted Aug. 14, 2014

Aside from choosing fall veggies, gardeners also will want to choose flowers that bloom in the fall, early winter and spring for pollinators.

And North Carolina gardeners will learn how to care for bees at the first Honey Bee Day, Saturday, Aug. 16 at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh 1201 Agriculture Street from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.

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