Stay local this holiday season


I remember as a child how my grandmother would start getting anxious about Christmas as soon as Halloween came. I would often think that seemed like light years away, but as an “experienced” (older) adult, I can now relate to that perceived premature anxiety. Saying all that leads me to say, yes, the holiday season is approaching quickly, and the time to start preparing is upon us. Many times, preparing for the holiday season entails purchasing gifts and updating an ever-growing collection of decorations. We can’t forget the holiday feasts that are prepared. To seize the moment and offer a wonderful opportunity, I would like to invite you to the third annual “Very Local Holiday Festival” (VLHF) this coming Saturday, Nov. 18, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Hosted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, and the Robeson County Farmers Market, the VLHF will be located at the corner of Eighth and Elm Streets, the very same area the Robeson County Farmers Market occupies. Gathering for holiday feasts, shopping to purchase the perfect gift, and trying to enjoy the moment can be overwhelming. The VLHF will be the perfect place to purchase locally grown foods, like fresh greens, and shop for unique handmade Christmas gifts. To further enhance your VLHF experience, you can also enjoy Lumberton’s Christmas Parade, scheduled the same day, starting at 10 a.m., running right by the market on Elm Street.

Our Robeson County farmers will be there with their fresh vegetables, as they are every Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until around 1 p.m. Local artisans are invited to the festival to show and sell their crafts during market hours. As you stroll the crafts and produce offerings, make sure to visit the Cooperative Extension tent to see what tasty samples are offered, spotlighting the very produce available at the market. Janice Fields, our Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, will be preparing the recipes. You may discover a completely new way to prepare one of your traditional favorite vegetables.

To address another issue that may have many of you at your wits’ end, you may have recently been inundated with bugs trying to get into your home. It is normal during this time of year for the infamous stink bug to start looking for somewhere to overwinter. Your home would offer the perfect environment. Stink bugs have that name for a reason: If you squish it with your fingers, it will stink. If the invading numbers are small, you may be able to vacuum or pick up and drop in a container of soapy water. Many bugs can remain above water due to the water’s surface tension, but if you add just a few drops of liquid soap, like dishwashing detergent, you will break that water tension and the bug will sink upon impact. Insecticides that can be applied around the home to help control stink bugs should list the active ingredient of bifenthrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin or deltamethrin.

Recommendations for the use of agricultural chemicals are included in this publication as a convenience to the reader. The use of brand names and any mention or listing of commercial products or services in this publication does not imply endorsement by North Carolina Cooperative Extension nor discrimination against similar products or services not mentioned. Individuals who use agricultural chemicals are responsible for ensuring that the intended use complies with current regulations and conforms to the product label.

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For more information, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 910-671-3276, by E-mail at Mack_Johnson@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/.

For more information, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 910-671-3276, by E-mail at Mack_Johnson@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/.

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