Local North Carolina Oysters!

Oyster Time! Local North Carolina Oysters!

Local North Carolina Oysters

Welcome to the peak of oyster season in North Carolina, where the rich waters of the Outer Banks and northern coastline produce some of the most flavorful oysters in the world. Between October and March, when oysters are at their best in terms of flavor and texture, nothing can compare to the delicious experience of finding, harvesting and enjoying your own delicious oyster catch with family and friends on a chilly winter day.

North Carolina’s Ideal Oyster Habitat

Our state is the only one with two different types of oyster reefs along its coastline: intertidal reefs, found in salt marshes and estuary shorelines, and the deep water, subtidal reefs of Pamlico Sound. The majority of oysters in North Carolina from Cape Fear northward are found in subtidal waters, where water covers them consistently throughout low and high tides, but south of Cape Fear, most are intertidal, meaning they are found exposed between low and high tides.  

Oysters’ Economic and Ecological Benefits: The Three F’s

Not only are oysters delicious, but the environmental and economic benefits that they provide are numerous. These benefits are often broken down into three categories – popularly known as “The Three F’s.”  

  • Filter. As oysters pull water in through their gills in order to breathe and feed, they trap particles – nutrients and other solids – and either ingest them or release them back in the water as food for other reef organisms. Just one oyster can filter as much as 2 gallons of water per hour, dramatically improving water quality and clarity in that area of the reef.
  • Fish Habitat. Oysters are what are known as a keystone species, or a species which plays a critical role in the overall life of an ecosystem. Many fish species rely on the mussels, anemones, crabs and shrimp, for instance, that settle on or around oyster reefs for food. If the oyster reef suffers, or shrinks, then those other fish species will also be affected.
  • Food. Oyster reefs, of course, provide a food source for humans as well. Not only do we harvest this delicious culinary delicacy – the oyster – from North Carolina reefs, but these fertile grounds also support soft crabs, clams, and certain types of fish.

Oyster reefs benefit the shoreline in other important ways as well. Not only do they create a natural breakwater system that prevents erosion during storms and strong tidal movements, but the economic benefits to an area of healthy oyster reefs can be substantial; fish and shellfish are all commercially valuable food products, and the harvesting of these species brings in millions to an economy the size of North Carolina.

Easy to Find, Easy to Harvest

North Carolina Oyster SteamerOyster harvesting is easy and fun, although planning for your oyster hunt should take into consideration the time of year (traditionally the best time of year to harvest is during the cooler winter months), weather (it’s best to wait at least three days after the most recent heavy rain, since soil runoff can sometimes hold pollutants and bacteria), and tidal schedules (the best time being during low tide, of course).  

As for the actual harvesting, some people rake what is called an oyster dredge across the reef to gather the oysters, but other individuals simply use a hammer or similar sort of heavy tool to knock oysters off by hand. Keep your oysters cool (stored at a temperature of 45 degrees or below), moist – either under a clean wet towel or on ice – and in the shade until ready to consume. 

Depending on the location, there are collection limits, but oysters collected must also be at least 3” long here in North Carolina so that a reef doesn’t become depleted too quickly through over-harvesting. Recreational harvesters do not need a shellfishing license and may collect oysters 24/7, but oysters must be taken for personal consumption and may not be sold. Commercial fishermen, on the other hand, are required to obtain a license to harvest oysters during the October-March oyster season and are ONLY allowed to harvest from sunup to sundown, Monday-Friday.

Several Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Catch

The most classic way of consuming an oyster, of course, is raw on the half-shell, with or without a bit of lemon or lime, pepper, or mignonette sauce (often just shallots, vinegar and pepper), but there is an enormous variety of other tasty ways in which to prepare and consumer your oysters, too….

  • To enjoy fried oysters, heat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven, dredge the shucked oysters in flour, an egg mixture and either crushed potato chips or breadcrumbs, and cook them until they turn a deep, crunchy, golden brown. Fried oysters are often served with some sort of remoulade, tartar, or hot sauce.
  • Grilled, fresh oysters, typically shucked and cooked on a grill that’s been heated to a temperature of 450F or higher, are another favorite cooking method. Once a bit of butter, garlic butter or other savory mixture of wine, herbs, cheese, barbecue sauce or even pesto is added to the oysters, they transform into a level of irresistible deliciousness that is hard to resist.
  • Roasting oysters is, of course, is another traditional cooking method that might simply involve baking them in the oven at high heat for ten minutes, or building your own roasting pit – a sheet of metal on top of a smoldering fire, covered with a wet burlap sack or towel – and enjoying them steamed in their own juices.

North Carolina Soup PotAs you can imagine, there is a wide variety of specialty products available for preparing and enjoying your oysters. Carolina Cooker – https://carolinacooker.com/products.php – offers a full range of cooking supplies – grills, stew pots, fryers, burners, and burlap bags – as well as a popular line of sauces, seasonings, and boils. Agri Supply’s “Carolina Cooker Steamer Kit” – https://www.agrisupply.com/carolina-cooker-steamer-kit/p/75540/ – is a great, high quality piece of equipment if you intend to steam or fry large quantities of oysters at a time. Carolina Shuckers’ (https://carolinashuckers.com) handmade oyster knives are not just useful tools but items of great beauty, too.  


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1780 Eagle Rock Road in Wendell for Sale

Wendell Farm and 39.5 Acres for Sale

1780 Eagle Rock Road in Wendell! Beautiful Farm perfect for Family Compound or Small Development!

Don’t miss this opportunity in growing Wendell North Carolina! Perfect location close to town and shopping! This beautiful tract of land has mild rolling open pastures mixed with pockets of timber. Recent tenants juts moved out of mobile home and fields are still being farmed. Multiple home sites! No soils work has been performed. Future access will be from Patina Lane. Access from Eagle Rock Road but No deeded Access from Eagle Rock.  Call for details on access and maps! $790,000

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Fresh Cut and Festive: North Carolina Christmas Trees

Raleigh Christmas Tree Locations, Durham, Chapel Hill NCIt may not feel like a very traditional holiday season – and by any standard, it is not – but for many it’s more important than ever this year to maintain some of the same traditions that have filled our lives with so much meaning and so many fond, family memories over the years. A Christmas tree, of course – that universal symbol of hope, joy and celebration – is where most of us start when it comes to kicking off our holiday decorating.

The North Carolina Fraser Fir: Star of the Show

North Carolina is fortunate to be home to over 850 growers that produce an astounding 25% of the nation’s entire supply of Christmas trees. Grown primarily in the more mountainous counties of our state – Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Watauga, and Jackson – where soil, climate and elevation combine to create the ideal growing environment, North Carolina Christmas trees are among the highest quality and fastest-growing in the country.

Around 95% of this prize crop of trees are Fraser fir, a species that is successfully grown throughout the southern Appalachians from western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee to southern Virginia. Designated as our state’s official Christmas tree in 2005, the Fraser fir requires a growing time from seedling to maturity of just 6-12 years, depending on size when cut and a variety of growing conditions, and is popular not only for its beauty – needles are dark bluish-green and the shape of the tree is classically pyramid shaped – but for its pleasing scent and the fact that even after shipping, a tree will typically hold onto its needles for far longer than other types of Christmas trees. NC Fraser firs are shipped nationwide and as far away as the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Pick-Your-Own Farms

Fresh Cut and Festive- North Carolina Christmas TreesDemand during this challenging year has proven to be very high for trees, and most of North Carolina’s twenty-two Christmas tree farms have been busy welcoming customers since Thanksgiving weekend, although new mask-wearing and social distancing regulations are now firmly in place and appointments are typically encouraged. Some “extras” such as wagon rides or gift shops may not be available in 2020 where they have been in the past, but easy payment methods have been developed and on many farms, for a change, a small number of trees – once again, depending on the lot – are cut and ready to pick up and go.

Shady Rest Tree Farm, Glendale Springs

Shady Rest’s “Select & Ship” policy allows visitors to select and tag their tree at any point during the year. On-the-spot purchasing and online ordering are also available, with no tree being cut until the day on which it is sold or shipped. Shady Rest Tree Farm is open every day between 9am and 5pm.

Bear Valley Farm, Glenville

Bear Valley Farm offers as close to the kind of traditional tree-cutting experience as possible in 2020: hot drinks and personalized service in a lovely mountain setting. Operations will extend this year through the 20th of December, with appointment available through the 24th for last minute purchases.

Mistletoe Meadows, Laurel Springs

Mistletoe Meadows, whose claim to fame was as provider of the 2007 White House Christmas tree, features not only acres of Fraser fir, but white pine, blue spruce and cypress as well. This family-focused operation has been in business for over 30 years.

Local Christmas Tree Stands

Raleigh Christmas TreesAlthough most Christmas trees statewide are sold in large commercial outlets such as Home Depot or Wal-Mart, every town has its own local tree lots where you can choose your own pre-cut tree and support a local small business owner at the same time. Check out the following neighborhood lots and farms.


Boyce Farms Christmas Trees and Wreaths, 2813 Mount Vernon Church Road. Choose-and-cut and pre-cut Fraser fir; pre-flocked trees; large selection of wreaths, swags and white pine roping.

Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm, 4533 Inwood Road. Fraser fir, white pine, Virginia pine, cypress, Carolina sapphire; garlands, wreaths, stands, Fraser fir bundles for decorating; firewood and tree disposal bags.

Raleigh City Farm – Trees available at Salvation Army, 902 Wake Forest Road. Eco-friendly Christmas trees and wreaths; open through December 20.


Phillips Farms, 6701 Good Hope Church Road. Trees and wreaths; socially distanced visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus (with or without photo); wreath-making classes.

Cranberry Tree Farm, 1100 Reedy Creek Road. 2- to 14-foot trees; tree stands and home delivery; wreaths and garlands; live trees in 5-gallon containers.

Mountain Advantage Christmas Trees, Corner of Penny Rd./Holly Springs Rd. as well as 5777 Holly Springs Rd. in Holly Springs. Fresh-cut Frasier firs, wreaths, garlands and bows.

Saint Francis UMC Christmas Tree Lot, 2965 Kildaire Farm Road. Proceeds benefit church missions; order online; delivery available; limit 25 people at a time.


Holidays by Trosa, 6 locations Duham/Chapel Hill/Morrisville (https://www.holidaysbytrosa.com/). Proceeds benefit local non-profit; Fraser firs up to 15 feet; wreaths, garlands, tree stands.

Perkins Orchard, 5749 Barbee Road. Christmas trees and wreaths, fresh cut daily; garlands, poinsettias; holiday lights; ciders and produce.


JDJ’s Berry Patch, 1223 Salem Church Rd. Fresh Fraser firs, wreaths and stands; delivery available.

Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm, 2170 Martha’s Chapel Rd. Live trees, tabletop trees, wreaths and garlands; hayrides; online ordering; Santa visits.


Smith’s Family Fun Farm, 1715 St. Mary’s Road. Story time with Santa; hot chocolate and cookies; white pine, cedar, Fraser fir.


Mountain Branch Farm, 1660 Cornwallis Road. Choose-and-cut trees, live trees; cedar and pine, 5-12 feet; open through December 24.

130 Acres near Littleton

130 Acres near Littleton in Halifax County, NC

130 Acres – This timber tract has been mostly clear-cut and is located near Littleton and has a deeded access. The roads are solid and the land is framed by agriculture and timber parcels. This farm has great hunting or recreational opportunities. Price per acre is $2,000.  Contact Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 or Frank Gombatz 919-696-4249 for maps or other information.

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58.1 Acres on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County NC

PRICE DROP TO $2400 PER ACRE!!TIMBER-TIMBER-TIMBER!!! OPEN WATER DUCK HUNTING!!! 58.1 Acres Across from Germantown Marina. Located on the Pamlico shoreline, this Pine plantation has merchantable timber and development potential. It was lightly thinned in 2008. There is state road frontage on SR 1140 South East of US HWY 264. Price per acre is $2400Contact Frank or Gardner for maps.

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2020: A Thanksgiving Like No Other

2020 may go down in the history books as one of the most challenging years of all time, but November would not be November, Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving, without friends and family coming together – whether in person, at a distance or via video call – to enjoy the most celebrated and sentimental holiday in our nation.

Farm News 2020: A Thanksgiving Like No OtherPiedmont Restaurants Welcoming Guests for Thanksgiving Dinner

From four-star restaurants to more casual diners, there are plenty of places to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal here in the Triangle, even during these challenging times of face masks and social distancing. Some dining establishments that are normally open on Thanksgiving simply will not open their doors this year, but many restaurants will continue the tradition of offering Thanksgiving lunch and/or dinner options, although for all, seating and hours will likely be limited. Most will also offer take-out meals in addition to, or even rather than, traditional seated dining.

  • Many Triangle families enjoy a traditional, buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner each year at Angus Barn, which has evolved, in 2020, into a wonderful gourmet plated meal of roast turkey, ham and several delicious sides.


  • Pittsboro’s The Carolina Inn will serve Thanksgiving brunch either as a full-fledged, traditional sit-down meal or as ‘brunch-to-go’: roast turkey and ham, seven mouthwatering sides, and a choice of three gourmet pies. https://store.carolinainn.com/products/thanksgiving-brunch
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and Cary will offer dine-in or take-home meals, with a Thanksgiving menu highlighted by turkey with sausage and sage stuffing, lobster bisque, creamed spinach, and pumpkin cheesecake.


  • The Capital Grille’s five-star Thanksgiving menu will include three courses of favorites including slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, cranberry-pear chutney and more. Those opting for the take-away meal will be treated to pecan-crusted sweet potatoes with hot honey.


  • Take your holiday dining to another level of deliciousness with Gravy’s superb Thanksgiving dinner package featuring roast turkey with rosemary jus, festive meat and cheese board, and pumpkin cheesecake.


  • The Siena Hotel’s Il Palio restaurant will be offering such unique dishes as Tuscan kale and bean soup, caramelized mushroom torta, roasted turkey with truffle gravy, and special late-night snack kit for a tasty après-Thanksgiving feast!


  • For those with a taste for fried turkey, North Carolina’s own Bojangles will be offering seasoned, deep-fried whole turkeys that will be delivered pre-cooked, frozen, and ready to re-heat. Check out your local restaurant for more information!

Give Thanks with Those in Need

Opportunities exist in many communities for volunteers to help out in churches and various non-profits on or around Thanksgiving Day. Reach out to any of the following charitable organizations should you wish to donate your time or other resources.

  • Volunteers are needed at the Raleigh Rescue Mission to prepare, pack and deliver hot meals and groceries on Thanksgiving morning.


  • Contact Raleigh’s Inter-faith Food Shuttle for volunteer opportunities and information on donations supporting food deliveries on Thanksgiving and beyond.


  • No additional serving volunteers are needed for the Durham Rescue Mission’s traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner, but volunteers and food and cash donations will be needed to replenish stocks post-Thanksgiving and throughout the winter months. Donations will provide a hot holiday meal and more to many neighbors in the Durham community.


  • Raleigh’s Salvation Army delivers Thanksgiving grocery baskets with all the ingredients for a wonderful home-cooked holiday meal to local families in need. Contact the Salvation Army for more information on volunteering and making monetary donations this holiday season.


  • Reach out to the Smithfield Rescue Mission with your food or cash donation prior to Thanksgiving week, or to help deliver boxes of food on Thanksgiving Day. A limited number of volunteers are also being accepted to help serve meals at the Mission.


Fun Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Raleigh’s annual Christmas Carousel gift market at the NC State Fairgrounds will again be taking place this year, although with plenty of additional health and safety measures in place including wider aisles, increased cleaning and sanitation, contactless ticketing and a limited number of guests allowed inside.


Otherwise, check out a wonderful list of local Thanksgiving weekend hike suggestions from Chimney Rock to Spring Lake to Nags Head, provided by NC State Parks!



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4101 Quarry Road Land for Sale

149 +/- Acre Working Family Farm for Sale in Wake County

4101 Quarry Road, Zebulon! Rare Opportunity to Own A 149 +/- Acre Working Family Farm in Wake County! This Property has Open Fields, Mature Woods, 2 Nice Ponds and Lots of Paved Road Frontage. Located In The Popular Rolesville / Zebulon Area. Great Investment Potential. Build Your Private Estate And Develop Later. Some Flood Area Offers Conservation Options. Less Than 10 Minutes to Rolesville and 20 Minutes to Raleigh. Perfect Equestrian Property w/ tons of Wildlife! Deer, turkey and ducks! $2,100,000

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Land for sale in Harnett County, North Carolina

Are you looking for Land for sale in Harnett County, North Carolina? This Wonderful and Large 207.6 Acres on Josey Williams Road, Erwin, for $620,000 is a Great Parcel of Land in Beautiful Harnett County! It’s a Diverse Tract with Multiple Open Fields for Crop Production, Different Stands and Age Growth of Timber and Lots of Paved Road Frontage on Josey Williams Road! Mixed Topography and Terrain enhances the Aesthetic Value and this Farm offers Prime Hunting and Fishing with Frontage on the Little River! Recreation for the Whole Family! Multiple Homes Sites! Call for Details on CRP and Hunting and Farming Lease for Income!

Harnett County NC farm for sale on Josey Williams RoadHarnett County enjoys rich historic significance, beautiful parks and recreational areas, golfing, quaint downtown shopping, and plenty of working farms and open land.   A few lucky couples each year marry at the idyllic Willow Pond Farmstead, a private 100+ acre farm dedicated to rare and endangered breeds of livestock.  Recently, through a major rehabilitation project, the county-owned, public-use Harnett Regional Jetport serves on average 140 aircraft operations per day.

Many students come to Campbell for its renowned law school.  The Campbell Camels, the university’s athletics mascot name, have well-developed programs in several sports including football and basketball.  In 1992, the Camels took on Duke University’s Blue Devils losing 56-82 in their only NCAA playoff game so far.

Because of the local access to an educated work force, relatively short commutes to world-class employers and rich opportunities for real estate investment in land for sale in the area, Harnett County NC is a perfect place to call home.

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We sell Land for sale in Harnett County, North Carolina and other counties in Central NC! View a local past sold farm here.

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Reno Sharpe Store Road Farm for sale

238 Acres on Reno Store Road in Chatham County

238 Acre Farm for sale on Reno Store Rd in Chatham County! Chatham County Farm with 238 Acres! –This tract is located 15 minutes south of Pittsboro and has paved road frontage on Reno Store Road. It has a good stand of merchantable timber, a good road system, food plots and lots of wild game. The pine plantation is approaching 23-25 years of age. This land offers excellent deer and turkey hunting.  This is a very nice parcel.

The price per acre is $4150. Contact Frank Gombatz 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps and information.

**The seller will not subdivide this farm.

365 Acres for Sale in Chatham County

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Chatham County Agriculture and Information Links:

Statistics cited below come from the United States Agriculture Census, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University and the Agriculture page on the Chatham County website.

Agricultural and agribusiness (food, fibers and forestry) industries account for 38% of Chatham County’s total income. Employment in agriculture and agribusiness is 33% of the county’s total employment.

In 2006, we ranked tenth in overall income from livestock, dairy and poultry and fifteenth in total farm income.

Based on 2002 Census information, Chatham ranks eleventh in the state in the number of farms, with 27% of the county’s total acreage in farmland.

One reason that Chatham County still has a fairly strong agricultural economy is due to a growing number of small sustainable farms focused on specialty needs (organic farming, herbs, cut flowers, unique produce, and diverse nurseries) as well as a continuing strength in cattle and broiler chicken production. The county ranks number one in the state in beef cattle and is third in overall cattle, while we rank fifth in broiler production. The county grows quite a bit of feed crops, such as hay, which promote the livestock industry.

The horticulture industry in the county is diverse and includes some very specialized niche nurseries, such as those producing aquatic/wetlands plants, Asian herbs, shady perennials, crinums, daylilies, orchids, exotic ferns, as well as trees and shrubs.

As of 2002, the average farm size in Chatham County was 105 acres, but most are in the range of 10 to 49 acres. In 2005, we had a total of 1,128 farms with a total of 118,752 acres used for farming, figures that have not changed much since 1997. This is unique for most counties, where both the number of farms and acreage have seen major declines.

The county has three Farmers’ Markets—in Pittsboro, Siler City and Fearrington Village. They are open from early spring through late fall of each year. Chatham County is also home to Carolina Stockyards Inc., a major cattle marketing hub in the Piedmont.

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Small farm with 10 acres and a pond sold in Granville County NC

10 Acres and a Pond for Sale

(JUST SOLD!) Very Nice 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Ranch Home On Over 10 Private Acres. The Large Living Room Opens to the Dining Area & Kitchen. This Split Ranch Plan Offers the Master Suite on One Side & the 2 Guest Rooms on Other. Walk Outside on the Deck that Overlooks the Private, Stocked Pond & Gorgeous Fenced Pastures. 2 Barns, 3 Carports, Garden Area Room for Equipment & Animals.Recent HVAC System, Carpet, Lots of Storage and More. This Private County Home is Well Maintained. Easy Access to Oxford, Raleigh, Durham.

9178 Lonnie Harris Road, Oxford NC, $247,900

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