April 25, 2016
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Ripe for the Picking - Strawberry Farms in the Triangle

Nothing could be finer than picking fresh North Carolina strawberries straight from the fields. Call it a rite of passage or the pinnacle of spring, but for many Tar Heel residents strawberry pickin' is an annual ritual.

With this season beginning earlier than normal this year, mouth-watering strawberries will be abundant. You don't have to drive too far to find family, friendly, fun fields of U-Pick-Em strawberries for taking home. But be careful, these plump, luscious fruits are so sweet they may not make it home before the kids have eaten them all.

The Picking is Ripe at these Local NC Farms

Jean's Berry Patch - A family owned farm. Come visit to pick your own berries or buy some pre-picked for you. They grow sweet Chandler berries. Jean has some strawberries that would be great for jam and jelly's for $4.00 per quart (U-pick is $1.80 per pound).

Jean's Berry Patch - 38 Lewter Shop Rd. Apex, NC Phone: (919) 362-5800.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 7pm. Website.

Buckwheat Farm - A family owned farm that offers you delicious strawberries (now in season) and blueberries (ready in July). Their decadent, homemade ice cream is churned on site, one batch at a time, using their own berries available mid April through mid June. 

All of the Buckwheat Farm jams and jellies are made at the farm. They use only locally grown produce picked at the peak of ripeness to give it the best flavor possible. These  jams and jellies make great gifts, or are a wonderful way to treat yourself.

Buckwheat Farm looks forward to meeting you and having you enjoy a little country farm, where Apex is growing all around!

Buckwheat Farm - 2700 Holland Road, Apex, NC 27502, Phone: (919) 303-0339.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.
Cost: $2.00 per pound to pick your own. Please bring your own picking containers.
Also Pulled Pork BBQ is served on Saturdays and Sundays during strawberry season. Come early because it doesn't last long! Website.

DJ's Berry Patch is a family owned and operated business located in Apex, NC. They offer Pick Your Own Strawberries from April till June. And during the summer months, come shop for fresh picked produce right from the farm.

DJ's Berry Patch is a pre-picked or pick-your-own Strawberry and Produce Farm. The farm is conveniently located just minutes off Highway 64, right off Davis Drive in the town of Apex, located near Peak City and a short distance from Raleigh and Cary.

You'll love their "down home" atmosphere, served up the way only a small North Carolina family farm can. This Apex farm also captures the southern charm of an old-time roadside stand.

Pick your own allows you to see, touch, and taste sweet ripe berries. Fields are open for Strawberry picking from mid April thru mid May, depending on the weather. They provide the buckets. But they recommend you wear sunscreen, a hat, long pants and sturdy shoes. And... don't forget to bring your camera!

DJ's Berry Patch - 1223 Salem Church Road, Apex, NC 27523. Phone: (919) 600-4020. Hours: Monday - Saturday 8am - 7pm, Sunday 12pm - 7pm. Website.
Page Farms - A fourth generation family farm trying to keep their heritage alive by bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to you all throughout the year.

This hundred acre farm has seen a lot of change since 1922 when it was purchased. Many different crops have been grown in their fields year after year. From ripening strawberries in the spring to pumpkins in the fall, they've been making sure that only the best is grown for its consumers.

For many years Page Farms was proud North Carolina tobacco farmers. When the tobacco buy-out came about, they had to change over to new cash crops: corn and strawberries. They are still a proud family farming and would like to share the experiences of a real working farm with you and your families.

Page Farms - 6100 Mt. Herman Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617. Phone: (919) 596-3227.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8am -  7pm, Sundays 10am - 6pm. Website.

Berry Best Recipes

Strawberry season always puts you in the mood to conjure up some delicious seasonal treats. Here are just a few of our favorites.   

  Do you ever crave creamy, decadent ice cream but don't have an ice cream maker? No worries.
Easy Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream No-churn, 3-Ingredients recipe yields about 1 quart, with cook time of only 15 minutes....Can't get any easier than that!  Click here for recipe.

Note: If you enjoy eating the ice cream when it's more "soft-serve" then serve after about 4-5 hours in the freezer.

My Mama's fresh Strawberry 7-Up Pie - I've always loved the spring time while local fresh strawberries are in season because  my mother would make the most delicious strawberry pies topped with fresh whipped cream. It is 'presentation pretty' and so very delicious. I'm sharing this favorite dessert with you in hopes that mama won't care. (Shhhh!) Enjoy! Click here for recipe.

Grandma's Strawberry Bread - This recipe is so good that you'll want to serve it as dessert or for morning sweet breads. Not my grandmother's recipe, but from the NC 4-H Cookbook, so you know its got to be good. Click here for recipe.

Strawberry Syrup - This recipe won 2nd place at the NC Farmers Market's Strawberry Recipe contest two years ago. It's delicious on hot homemade pancakes or you can use it as an ice cream topping. Click here for recipe.

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Ride On, Ride On, Ride On! - CycleBar Brier Creek Opens

Despite being ambiguous, "Share The Road" symbols have become humorous to cyclists and motorists due to their inconsistent 'rules of engagement'' throughout the Triangle. But not to worry. We have a sensible solution for both cyclists and drivers where you'll remain safe and healthy without any risk of road rage. Ride on!

CycleBar Brier Creek unites riders of all ages and fitness levels by creating an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey. Led by engaging, high-energy CycleStar instructors and fueled by incredible music playlists in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, CycleBar delivers far beyond a great cardio fitness workout. The studio and staff are entirely dedicated to creating a fun, dynamic and effective indoor cycling experience for you.

This newly opened CycleBar Brier Creek is located at 8741 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 100, in Brier Creek Commons across from BJ's.

"More than 54 million Americans are working out at boutique fitness studios, which makes it the fastest growing sector of the fitness industry," said Christie Meyers of Raleigh. "Raleigh is such an active, vibrant area and CycleBar fits into our community's health and fitness lifestyle while making the experience fun for both new and experienced riders."

CycleBar offers a pay-per-class model, with no membership necessary. Concierge service and amenities include free towels, showers, lockers, shoes and water-bottles.

The dynamic classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre and are led by CycleStar instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high energy ride. The CycleTheatre features tiers for 46 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth. Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats and receive the CycleBeats by email after class. Riders cool down with fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.  For more information, visit Website.

Franchise owners Kris and Christie Meyers, who have over twenty years combined experience in the franchisee business, were drawn to the CycleBar concept because of the opportunity it gives to offer community support. Says Christie Meyers, "We love the fitness aspect of CycleBar, but we were especially attracted to the CycleGiving program where one CycleBar location can earn up to $300,000 per year for local charities."

CycleBar Brier Creek -  8741 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 100, Brier Creek Commons, Raleigh.
Phone: 919-906-1172. Website.
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