Where I grew up, there was no streak of lean biscuits. When a man I worked for who grew up in Pender County described it, I wasn’t sure folks would actually eat a biscuit with a gob of collards and fatback in it. He took me to Big Eds in City Market, ordered us a biscuit each and we ate them.
If you are ready for a biscuit, you are in luck because November 6 is Collard Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Vendors will have fresh, locally grown collard greens for sale along with all the fixings, including a variety of relishes, salsas and chow-chows. The State Farmers Market Restaurant will provide freshly cooked collard samples and hushpuppies, along with recipes, serving tips and nutritional information.
Collards Day will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the market’s Farmers Building. If you can’t make it out, the NCDA marketing division has a listing of North Carolina growers and shippers that offer collards directly to consumers