Got To Be NC October Newsletter

NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Page 2 Got To Be NC October 2018

NCSFA names winners in 2018 Product Competition

Winners of the 2018 N.C. Specialty Foods Association Product Competition were named during the association’s fall conference on Sept. 7. Mike D’s BBQ won Grand Champion and Pantry category winner for its All-Purpose Dry Rub. The company’s Spicy BBQ Sauce won in the Condiment category. Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts & Gifts won in the Baking/Pastry category with its Peanut

Butter Cookies. Cheese Bread King was named runner up for its Brazilian Cheese Bread.

SeaBrooks Family Naturals captured the Beverages category with its Summer Water Green Apple Cinnamon and runner up Summer Water Blueberry Cinnamon. Red Clay Gourmet took top honors in the Dairy/Refrigerated category with its South Meets East Siracha Pimento Cheese. Yo Momma’s Style Blackberry Cinnz Jam won the Jams/Jellies category, followed by a three-way tie for runner up: Fogwood Food ’s Balsamic Grape Hull Jam and Perfect Peach Jam, and Peggy Rose ’s Hot Pepper Jelly. Carolina Kettle captured the Snacks category with its Sir Walter Cream Cheese & Chives Kettle Chips and Cozumel Jalapeno Kettle Chips. Chapel Hill Toffee won in the Sweets category. Peggy Rose’s Champagne Mustard was runner up in the Condiments category and Big Spoon Roasters was runner up in the Pantry category with its Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter.

Jackson Farming Company of Autryville is the 2018 recipient of American Vegetable Grower magazine’s Grower Achievement Award, a national award bestowed by the trade magazine in cooperation with United Fresh Produce Association. “What the Jacksons have achieved over the past 30 years is impressive,” says Carol Miller, Editor of American Vegetable Grower. “There’s a common belief that only multi- generation operations can reach the heights Jackson Farming Company has reached. The parents-and-son team of Brent and Debbie Jackson, along with second- generation grower Rodney, show their blend of risk-taking and their long-term focus on sustainability helps you reach great heights.”

Scott and Lisa Baucom of Fence Row Farms of Marshville were named the Outstanding Farm Family of 2018 by the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Smith’s Christmas Tree Farm will supply an 18-foot, 25-year-old Fraser Fir to the White House for Christmas. Crews will cut the tree down in mid-November and transport it to the White House. Smith’s won last year’s National Christmas Tree contest. Winners of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition and Dixie Classic Fair specialty foods competition are posted on the DCF website .

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