Despite a wet start to the season, crops are going in the ground across Wayne County.
Those fresh, locally-grown products will soon be showing up on store shelves.
Wayne County farmer Chris Neil owns the Downtown Fresh Market in Downtown Goldsboro.
Neil says it was a tough start to the year, and now some farmers are crunched to get their crops planted.
He says getting into the fields was a challenge so there were delays getting some of the pre-crop work done.
in particular, Neil says potatoes and onions have had a challenging start this season.
However, looking back at 2020, Neil says his farm was small enough that it was lucky while operating through the pandemic.
As this season gets underway, Neil reminds motorists to watch out for the farm equipment they may encounter on the road.
Of course, many of the products Neil grows ends up right at the Downtown Fresh Market.
Besides what he grows, produce at the Downtown Fresh Market can come from other farms in Wayne, Wilson and Johnston counties.
You can find veggie classics like sweet corn, onions, peppers, carrots, and so much more at the market.
Some of the jams and jellies have the Downtown Fresh Market label, while others come from Wake County.
Neil says they try to keep items at the Downtown Fresh Market as local as possible.
If its not grown in neighboring counties, Neil says he still likes to stock items from right here in North Carolina.
The Downtown Fresh Market is located at 107 N. Center Street in Goldsboro.
You can keep up with the Downtown Fresh Market on their Facebook page.