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The Produce Lady Part of Local Food Movement

Brenda Sutton, Extension Director in Rockingham County, NC, but better known as The Produce Lady was a keynote speaker at the NC Department of Labor’s Gold Star Grower Workshop on the opening day of the Southern Farm Show Wednesday.

Sutton explains her role as The Produce Lady is a direct result of consumers shopping local farmers’ markets and roadside stands and not knowing how to prepare the products they found:

“We started the project to teach people how to use local foods in quick, easy, healthy ways. We have a series of videos on our website There are about 50 of them.

We also have several videos on canning and we have some live stream videos about an hour long on canning tomatoes and green beans, freezing peaches and other things. I’m happy to see the resurgence of interest in home food preservation.

 My most often asked question is: How can I use this food when I work all day and my family is hungry and I don’t have a lot of time to prepare meals? This is why we focus on things that are quick healthy and easy.

The foods I’m most asked about are simple things like squash or okra, common things but people may only know one way to cook them and want a healthy way to prepare it. We show people how to roast okra, its quick and easy and very delicious. Our okra video actually has the most views, over 44,000.

I’d like to encourage people to take advantage of good food and eat real food and support your local farmers.”

Visit for a complete list of her more than 50 videos on food preparation and preservation. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.