See where some of your favorite foods come from at the Field of Dreams

The vegetable garden at the Field of Dreams exhibit shows helps consumers connect their food to the farm.

The vegetable garden at the Field of Dreams helps consumers make the connection between their food and the farm.

We all have our favorite foods, whether it’s pizza, burgers, salads or breakfast items.  Or maybe it’s a favorite meal, like Thanksgiving. Regardless of what is our favorite, everything we eat starts on a farm, raised by a farmer.

Fairgoers can see ingredients that are in some of their favorite foods actually growing in the newly revamped Field of Dreams .

“We wanted people to be able to make the connection between the wheat plants and the pizza crust or sub bread,” said Carl Tart, exhibit coordinator. “We are used to walking into the store and picking up a loaf of bread or a frozen pizza, but maybe not associating that food item back to the farm. We all have a connection to agriculture and farming.”

Four themed gardens will be part of the Field of Dreams — Subs and Spuds, the Pizza Patch, Taco Town and the Gobble Garden. Kids coming through can pick up an activity sheet and mark items from each garden off a checklist.

Some commodities may make appearances in several of the gardens. For example, wheat and corn can be found in at least two of the gardens, representing corn tortillas or a side dish at Thanksgiving.

In addition to the garden activity, kids can also ride pedal tractors around a small track in the exhibit. This popular activity returns with a larger course, offering a longer ride for kids.

The Field of Dreams is located on the east side of Dorton Arena. Look for the crops and garden areas.


About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 252 days during the past 24 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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