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WNC Farmers Market — Asheville

Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The WNC Farmers Market sits on a 36-acre site overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate. Specialty items offered include ramps, sourwood honey, mountain cabbage, and Biltmore tomatoes.

This month: Pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash are in abundance! Make sure to stop by on Halloween from 2-4 p.m.; all costumed kids receive a fresh North Carolina apple and other surprises. Vendors will have folks dressed in costume.

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570 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 253-1691

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market — Waynesville

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With more than 30 vendors, Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in the far western part of the state. Vendors at this producer-only market grow, raise, produce, create and craft their bounty in Haywood or adjacent mountain counties.

This month: Look for all the root veggies! Plus winter squashes, greens, pumpkins, apples, and pawpaws — our native tropical fruit — as well as the last of the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and late-summer offerings. In addition, find local meat and seafood straight from the coast; lovely heritage crafts; and a new crepe + coffee food truck. On Saturday, October 30, stop by for a Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating at the market.

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250 Pigeon Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 655-5305

Mount Holly Farmers Market — Mount Holly

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The largest all-volunteer market in North Carolina, the Mount Holly Farmers Market is dedicated to supporting small farms. During non-pandemic times, there is also a chef-in-residence program, in which a chef demonstrates healthy cooking techniques using in-season ingredients that can be found at the market.

This month: Find fall produce like beets, rutabaga, turnips, kale, and much more.

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226 South Main Street
Mount Holly, NC 28120
(704) 951-4066






Lexington Farmers Market — Lexington

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Located in a historic train depot, the Lexington Farmers Market offers a large variety of seasonal produce, plants, meat, chicken, honey, baked goods, and crafts. Visitors can also enjoy local musicians and on-site cooking demonstrations throughout the season.

This month: While the regular market season has ended, be sure to plan a visit to a special Harvest Market on November 25 and a Holiday Market on December 12.

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129 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market — Charlotte

Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m to 6 p.m

The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from both local and global producers. Other products offered include fresh pork, grass-fed beef, goat-milk cheese, baked goods, jams and jellies, fresh-cut flowers, and plants.

This month: In October, look for pumpkins, apples, flint corn, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane.

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1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 357-1269

Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market — Colfax

Daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Encompassing 70 acres, this market hosts more than 200 farmers, artisans, and concessioners. It’s also home to the Moose Café, which serves down-home classics for breakfast and lunch, as well as AB Seed, a one-stop-shop for gardening needs.

This month: Look for pumpkins, ornamental gourds, apples, sweet potatoes, cabbage, winter squash, decorative corn, mums, and pansies. On Saturday, October 23, get your shopping done, then attend the Piedmont Carolina Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society: Antique Truck Show.

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2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax, North Carolina 27235
(336) 605-9157

State Farmers Market — Raleigh

Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This market dates back to the pre-World War II era. It moved from downtown Raleigh in 1955, and settled at its current location — on 77 acres with 16 buildings — in 1991. The State Farmers Market hosts hundreds of vendors and serves more than 3 million visitors per year. There are also three on-site restaurants: The Market Grill by Carolina Crispy Fry, serving breakfast and lunch; the State Farmers Market Restaurant, serving down-home country cooking; and the North Carolina Seafood Restaurant.

This month: As cool weather closes in, look for tons of pumpkins for baking and carving, all kinds of decorative gourds, mums and pansies, corn stalks, hay bales, all kinds of apples, beans, sweet potatoes, and much more.

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1249 Farmers Market Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 733-7417





New Bern Farmers Market — New Bern

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The farmers market tradition in New Bern is one of the oldest in the state, dating back to at least the 1930s. The market has been operating at its present location in the historic downtown area since the early 1980s, exclusively featuring products that are homegrown or handmade by vendors — everything from eggs to ornaments — and offering a creative outlet for local artisans.

This month: Look for seasonal veggies like spaghetti, acorn, and butternut squashes, plus lots of sweets and baked goods. Browse arts and crafts for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving get-togethers, and Christmas gifts.

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421 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 633-0043

Nash County Farmers Market — Rocky Mount

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located in the Rocky Mount Mills Historic District, this market offers produce, plants, freshly caught local seafood, jams and jellies, freshly baked bread, handmade crafts, and local craft beer. More than just a place to buy and sell, visitors flock to the Rocky Mount Farmers Market to enjoy the experience of shopping local and meeting the vendors who grow and craft their products.

This month: Stock up on mums, kale, collards, butterbeans, pumpkins, six-week peas, and much more. And … it’s apple season! On Saturday, October 16, enjoy North Carolina apple samplings and all kinds of apple goodies, including apple jam and butter, apple turnovers, apple bread, caramel apples, and more. Kids will enjoy a scavenger hunt. Plus, enjoy live music by Shannon Baker and Sometime Soon.

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1006 Peachtree Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 459-9810

Not seeing a market in your area? Check out the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Directory.

This story was published on Apr 22, 2021

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