Commissioner Steve Troxler: N.C. Specialty Food Products Perfect for Holiday Gifts

As consumers are focusing in on finding the perfect holiday gifts, a big push continues on the shop local movement. Wedged between Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday is Shop Local Saturday. With all manner of specialty food products produced year-round here in the state, there is no need to limit shopping local to one day. Every day can be a shop local day.

  • With the Thanksgiving day celebration behind us, many people turn their attention squarely on Christmas and shopping for friends and family.
  • There continues to be a big emphasis on shopping local, which is a great way to support local businesses, including farms and food processing companies.
  • It makes sense that a state that produces so many fruits, vegetables meats would have a lot of good food businesses turning those raw products into delicious sauces, jams, snacks, cheeses, drinks and ready-to-eat products.
  • We work closely with the N.C. Specialty Foods Association throughout the year, and one of the projects we are involved in is printing the annual Dish This Specialty Foods catalogue.
  • In the catalogue you can find all sorts of award-winning foods along with recipes and serving ideas for many of the products.
  • Southern foods are not short or flavor or creativity and some of the products you will find in this catalogue come from family recipes that have been handed down for generations.
  • I have tasted some of these products myself and know they are delicious. Time-tested family recipes are rarely wrong in my experience.
  • I encourage folks to consider adding “North Carolina flavor” to their gift giving this year, by including locally made food products. You can find the Dish This catalogue online at ncagr.gov/markets/specfoods.
  • In it, you will find sweet treats, snacks, jams, dips, candied bacon, baking products, condiments and much more.
  • Food products make great gifts for your “foodie” friends and relatives, people living out-of-state, cooks, bakers and anyone who enjoys great tasting food.
  • Those of you who listen in regularly on this program, know that we hope to expand food manufacturing in the state going forward.
  • Supporting local food businesses is one way to help our agriculture industry and farmers. I hope you will give the flavors of North Carolina this holiday season.