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Monthly Digest
July 2021

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It's Time to Celebrate Summer Again

As everyone slowly returns to something resembling normal, Homegrown is here to help you seize the season!

Discover summer favorites like caterpillars and fireflies – or is it lightning bugs? – in a new light. Learn about agriculture and how farmers help feed your family. And brace yourself for a crash course in North Carolina barbecue that'll make your grill the talk of the block.

Dig in, stay safe and make the most of your summer!


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VIDEO DIGEST

This Spud’s for You: North Carolina Potatoes

If you live anywhere in the Eastern U.S. and tear into a bag of potato chips, you're probably enjoying North Carolina potatoes. Learn more about the industry that’s all that and a bag of chips.
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How to Prepare Perfect Pork Butt Barbecue

Learn how to take a pork butt and turn it into delicious North Carolina style barbecue!
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How to Make a Barbecue Martini

I'll have a BBQ-Tini, please. Grilled, not stirred. Hold the gin and olives, add some 'cue and pickles.
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How to Make Barbecue Chicken

Learn how to make good old fashioned shredded barbecue chicken. Good on a sandwich. Good by itself. Quick and easy.
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Making Smoked Barbecue Spare Ribs as Simple as 3-2-1

There are a lot of ways to make successful smoked barbecue ribs, and you're going to love this simple approach. Discover how to make barbecue spare ribs with the 3-2-1 method.
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North Carolina’s Very Hungry Caterpillars

North Carolina is home to nearly 3,000 caterpillar species, of which only about 3% are garden pests. Learn more about these baby butterflies and moths, and their ecological value.
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How to Make Your Own Dry Rub

Dry rubs can be as complicated or as simple as you want them. We're of the mindset that simpler is better. Learn how to make a simple salt-and-pepper rub that works well with many meats.
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Egg-cellent Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender

We humbly submit to the pantheon of condiments: hollandaise sauce. Indulge in a little haute cuisine at home with this rich and creamy sauce that can be made in a blender.
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Discover the Secret Science of Fireflies

One of the more magical moments of summer is the first firefly (or lightning bug)! These little luminaries are both mesmerizing and mysterious, so our expert shed some light on the subject.
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The Perfect Time for Pickin’ Strawberries

Pollen and gardens aren't the only things bursting anew come springtime in the South – sweet and scrumptious strawberries are back in season! Discover pointers for picking the perfect berries.
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Red, White & 'Cue | Backyard BBQ Series

The Fourth of July has come and gone, but the summer of celebration is just beginning! From delicious dry rubs to signature spare ribs, discover the secrets to making mouthwatering North Carolina BBQ all summer long.
Assert your rightful claim to the title of “grill master” after traversing our tailgate-at-home series. Find expert tips for spare ribs, barbecue chicken, pork butt barbecue, savory dry rubs and a one-of-a-kind BBQ-Tini.
Dig into our Backyard BBQ Series!

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