Get Your PYO Farm Listed in the News & Observer

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Each spring the News & Observer runs a list of pick-your-own farms in the Triangle area (Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham, Johnston, Franklin and Granville counties.)

This year the list wil be published on April 23rd to coincide with the start of the strawberry season. Although the list is published at the start of strawberry season, the list is not limited to pick-your-own strawberry farms. It includes farmers with pick-your-own blueberries, pumpkins, muscadine grapes and whatever else people can get in the field and pick. This list is NOT intended for those farmers who only operate farm stands.

This year, farmers must enter the information online to be included on the list. Farmers can enter information online at triangle.com and the farm listing will populate in the N&O publishing system. The circulation for the daily paper is about 130,000 homes in the greater Triangle area. The list also will be online and featured prominently throughout the year on food writer Andrea Weigl’s Mouthful blog.

Here are the instructions on how to get your farm listed: 

  • Go to www.triangle.com and create an account.
  • Click on Events on the main bar along the top. On the next page, you will see a +add to our listings on the righthand side. Click on that and it will take you to a new page. Click on Create a New Event. Then you will get a form to enter event details.
  • List the name of the farm in the Event name.
  • Choose Food & Dining as the category.
  • Put these details in the event description: days and hours of operation, address, phone, website, and what crops are available as pick-your-own.
  • This is VERY IMPORTANT: in the tags field, please put this word: farm. This will help us later find all the farm listings on triangle.com.
  • Create a location for your event. First search to see if anyone has ever entered your farm into the database. If not, when you scroll down to the bottom of the list generated right, you will see a “Create a New Venue” Button. Click on that button, fill that form and press save and continue.
  • Then Choose Start Time and Date. Choose the earliest date you expect to be open and pick the times that your farm is open for business. (We understand that this is an estimate. We will urge readers to call first before they venture out to any farms.)

If you have any questions about this process please contact Andrea Weigl at 919-829-4848.