North Carolina’s Cottle Farms has launched a line of berry and muscadine smoothies, which is now available at most grocery stores across the state.
The JuVn8-brand smoothies are made using muscadine grapes, strawberries and blueberries all grown on the 650-acre farm in Faison, run by Ron Cottle and his sister Joy. The siblings are fourth-generation farmers. (Faison is in Duplin County, 60 miles southeast of Raleigh.)
The drinks come in two flavors: muscadine grape blueberry, and muscadine grape strawberry. Our tasting panel preferred the blueberry smoothie; the blueberries worked better with the musky undertones of the muscadine grape than the strawberries did.
The 12-ounce drinks sell for between $2 and $3. They are available at Food Lion, Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Ingles Markets and, soon, Harris Teeter stores.
More info: juvn8.com.