Tarheel Too in Kill Devil Hills now open for the season.

Summer must be coming soon because Tarheel Too in Kill Devil Hills just reopened for the season. 

For locals and regular visitors, that’s as sure a sign that summer is coming as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

Ed Goninan has been opening Tarheel Too for almost 30 years, throwing the wooden shutters of his produce stand open just about the time the first of the crush of visitors come to town. Up the road, in Jarvisburg just across from the Cotton Gin, his brother-in-law Joe, opens about the same time.

There are a number of reasons why it’s always good to see Ed opening up. 

First of all he has good produce at good prices. When it’s available, Ed—and Joe—carry local produce. Not everything is local . . . oranges, grapefruit and bananas don’t grow very well in northeastern North Carolina; but when it’s available produce from local famers is on display.

It’s also nice to be greeted by first name. Ed must see a few hundred people a day once summer comes, but for his regular customers, somehow he manages to remember everyone’s name. 

The stand is located in Seagate North Shopping Plaza in Kill Devil Hills. Springtime hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday. After Memorial Day, Ed opens on Sundays and extends his hours.