If you’re in the Raleigh area, don’t worry about lunch on Thursday. The State Farmers Market will have free tomato sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in celebration of its annual Greenhouse Vegetable Day.
But they won’t be just any tomato sandwiches — these will be made with fresh, local greenhouse tomatoes and hydroponic lettuce, straight from N.C. farmers’ greenhouses.
Greenhouse farming allows North Carolina farmers to diversify and control their growing environments to produce high-quality crops out of season with little to no waste. The most popular greenhouse vegetables available at the market are tomatoes, cucumbers and hydroponic lettuce. Other crops, such as strawberries, squash and watermelons, are occasionally available in smaller quantities.
There will also be recipes and information on greenhouse vegetables on hand. If you’re outside the Triangle area, check in with your local farmers markets to see if greenhouse veggies are available near you or check out NCFarmFresh.com to find greenhouse farmers in the state who can sell directly to you.
If you get a sandwhich, stop back by the blog and let us know how it was.