With the weather finally warming up many are getting ready for cookouts and picnic's but one thing that might be a little different this year, what's being served at those meals. With nationwide recalls and food scares plaguing some of our favorite foods local farmers hope those fears help boost their sales during a tough economy.
Southside Farms in Chocowinity opened Monday and so far owners say sales have been better than expected.
Shawn Harding, the owner of Southside tells WITN "Mainly we are a pick your own strawberry farm, we offer tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, we continue to grow veggies all the way through the summer as well."
Harding thinks his customers are looking for a good value, they want some bang for their buck.
"We can actually go out and get your produce for you while you're here. Some things like our collards we'll literally pick fresh off of the vine, you get that, also don't have to pay a transportation cost as well."
Another possible reason for a boost in sales, shoppers worried about where their food is coming from and how safe it is. With recalls on products like peanut butter and pistachios, Harding believes customers feel more comfortable buying local, especially when they can see the process.
Southside Farms does not sell its produce to grocery stores, instead all items can be bought at the site at 320 Harding Lane or at local farmers markets.