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October 21, 2017

Here’s another cultivated plant that belongs to the mint family. In fact, I’ll go ahead and tell you that it is a species of sage, in the genus Salvia. This is a huge genus with nearly a thousand species: they all have square stems and opposite leaves, being in the mint family, along…


Creepy kayaking: Guided tours paddle through Tar River swamps

October 20, 2017

Paddling through a swamp in broad daylight is creepy enough for a lot of people. But kayaking through one in the dark? Well that’s enough to scare the tar out of someone.

That’s the idea behind Haunt on the Tar, a new activity that Knee Deep Adventures is offering this Halloween season.…


Vendor of the week: Charley Cheng family

October 18, 2017

The Leroy James Farmers Market Vendor of the Week is the Charley Cheng family.

The Chengs have been a vendor at the market for three years. All of their vegetables are grown in Williamston. They offer cayenne peppers, chives, spinach, bottle gourds and peanuts. The Chengs say they are best known…


Ragi helps lower risk of diabetes

October 18, 2017

Q I am prediabetic. Someone told me eating ragi would be better than eating rice. Is that true? — G.H., Winterville

A I am sure no one would have asked me this question 10 years ago, but not only do we have more diversity in our local citizenry but also greater interest in foods not grown or…