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Where can you buy collards and sweet potatoes around here?

Ben Steelman

If you’re talking about locally grown, fresh collards and sweet potatoes, it’s kind of a bad time. Both the Riverfront Farmers Market, which opens Saturdays downtown at Wilmington’s Riverfront Park, and the farmers’ market at Poplar Grove Plantation, off U.S. 17 in Scotts Hill, have closed down for the season. Both will reopen in April.

In the meantime, the following businesses say they’re stocking local sweet potatoes and collards:

* Country Fresh Produce, 2069 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this].

* La Huerta Produce, 3820 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington [Map this].

* Gail Corbet Corp., 201 Bayshore Drive, Wilmington [Map this]. (Out of collards, but stocking both North Carolina and Mississippi sweet potatoes.)

For a listing of regional farmers’ markets, see North Carolina Farm Fresh.

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5 Responses to “ Where can you buy collards and sweet potatoes around here?”

  1. On December 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm L. Thomas wrote:

    Thank you very much for helping me out with this. My husband passed away in March of this year. He would always locate the collards and swet potatoes and bring them home. You have really help me with this. I am so graeteful.

  2. On December 24, 2009 at 8:35 am Bella Parola wrote:

    You’ve been in Wilmington this long and don’t know that this is still prime time for collards? It’s not a coincidence that both are featured in Southern Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts – that dates from long before freezers.

    There are places besides the farmers’ markets to get them – I expect the asker thought this might involve more than a flick through the yellow pages and a Google search anyone could have done. You didn’t even mention Eagle Island Produce & Seafood, which has long been known as a great place for collards.

  3. On December 24, 2009 at 9:47 am D Harris wrote:

    Try Eagle Island Produce on Rt 421 North (about a mile or two out of town on 421 north. One of the greatest places in the region to buy fresh produce and seafood this time of year. Greens of all kinds are brought there by local farmers!!

  4. On December 25, 2009 at 9:33 am GRH wrote:

    Lady at corner of Castle Hayne Rd and Parmele Rd in Castle Hayne has them. Fresh and local. Try her pickled okra!!!

  5. On December 26, 2009 at 10:49 am woody wrote:

    Sonny Rowe farms in Rocky Point at the intersection of hwy 117 and NC 210 has fields of fresh collards.