Extension Partners to Add Pitt County Farms to the Visit NC Farms App

— Written By Leigh Guth
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In conjunction with National Farmers Market Week (August 1–8), we are pleased to announce that Pitt County is the newest community to join the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Visit NC Farms App, which instantly connects residents and visitors to farms, food assets, and more across the state to enjoy agricultural experiences, support local businesses, and have access to fresh local food!

The Visit NC Farms App features listings that include farms and fisheries, pick-your-own farms, farmers markets, local goods and food pantries, restaurants, and events that feature food grown, raised, caught, and all made in North Carolina. 

“Agriculture and agribusiness combined is the leading industry in North Carolina, and our economic development efforts should include efforts to enhance this strong sector of our economy,” stated Kelly Andrews, Economic Development Director, Pitt County.

Visit Greenville, NC, Pitt County Development Commission, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Pitt County worked together to finance, manage, and market the app, which aims to create awareness and spur growth in visitation and sales at Pitt County’s various farm and food assets. The Greenville Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance provided additional financial support to sponsor the app’s annual maintenance fee for its first year.

 “Agritourism is a significant component of the travel and tourism industry, which is the second largest industry in North Carolina,” stated Andrew Schmidt, President & CEO of Visit Greenville, NC. “We are excited to be part of the Visit NC Farms App program and look forward to attracting visitors to enjoy Pitt County’s wide variety of local agricultural assets and experiences.”

 Greenville-Pitt County Locations Featured on the Visit NC Farm App include: 

Briley’s Farm Market, Brock’s Farm, Carolina Country Fresh, Carolina Seasons Nursery, Catholic Charities – Tar River, Community Unity Network, Dickinson Avenue Public House, Farmville Community Garden, Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps), Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina- Greenville Branch, G Circle Market, Greenville Community Garden, Grifton Mission Ministries, Haddocks Farm, Homegrown Agriculture, Homeplace Strawberries and More, Joy Soup Kitchen, King’s Deli, Leroy James Farmers Market, Little Creek Market, Making Pitt Fit Community Garden, Nooherooka Natural, Old Creek Produce, Plant and See Nursery, Renston Garden Market, Simply Natural Creamery & Jersey Farm, Southside Farms, Starlight Cafe & Farm, Stokes Family Farm, Strawberries on 903, The Farm on Grape Creek, The Scullery Coffee House & Creamery, Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market, WIC, Yates & Bailey Bee Farm 

“We are promoting our local farms by connecting visitors and residents to healthy food options,” stated Leigh Guth, Director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Pitt County. “And in times of crisis, residents can find emergency food assistance through this app as well.” 

Download the Visit NC Farm App from the Apple App Store or Android App Store. More info on Visit NC Farms 

 For more information about adding your farm, business, or event to the app, or joining as a sponsor, please contact: Leigh Guth, County Extension Director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Pitt County at leigh_guth@ncsu.edu or 252-902-1702. Thanks to Sierra Jones of Visit Greenville, NC, for authoring our press release.