Mouthful

May 15, 2014

Duplin County farmers launch line of muscadine grape, berry smoothies

Cottle Farms in Faison has created a line of Muscadine grape and berry smoothies, now available at most N.C. grocery stores.

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.

Andrea Weigl

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