Program links up growers, grocer

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North Carolina farmers interested in selling to Harris Teeter stores can attend a free program next month in Brunswick County.

Organized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the event will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension Center at 25 Referendum Drive N.E. in Bolivia, a release says.

“The department is committed to helping local farmers find new markets for their products,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in the release. “This meeting will offer growers an opportunity to meet one-on-one with buyers in a setting they may not otherwise be able to experience.”

The schedule includes a morning group session, one-on-one sessions with category specialists and lunch. Mark Hilton, Harris Teeter’s vice president of produce and floral, also will provide an overview of the Matthews-based retailer’s guidelines for selling to its stores. Category specialists will be on hand to answer questions from growers.

The event is free, but registration is required by Feb. 15. For more information or to register, contact Tony Haywood at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.