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This Week at the Market

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Updated 5/20/22

 

Western

 
 

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 week: Pick up fresh produce, peaches, and plants, and treat yourself to a stunning, colorful bouquet from new vendor Chia Vue.

 

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570 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 253-1691
ncagr.gov/markets


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 week: Look for radishes, turnips, strawberries, carrots, leafy greens, pea shoots, and more as you listen to live music, sip hot coffee, and snack on crepes. 

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


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 week: Summer veggies are making their first appearance! Fill your basket, then grab a bite at MarlieQ’s Caribbean Queen Food Truck, who is also this week’s guest chef. Check out new artisan vendors, including a knife and tool sharpener.

 

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

 

 

Central

 

 

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 week: Shop for strawberries, all sorts of lettuces, greens, spring onions, Swiss chard, baked goods, meats and chicken, bedding plants, eggs, dog treats, and crafts of all kinds. And come hungry: This Saturday, a local chef will demo how to prepare a decadent strawberry dessert!

 

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129 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC 27292
lexingtonfarmersmarketnc.com


Charlotte Regional Farmers Market — Charlotte

Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 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 week: Load up your basket with strawberries, cut flowers, sweet potatoes, herbs, and local seafood, and be sure to stop by the Greenery Shed on Saturday between 10 a.m and noon to listen to live music by a violinist. 

 

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


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 week: Look for mushrooms, greenhouse squash, cucumbers, green onions, strawberries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, lettuces, microgreens, and much more. Plus, on Saturday, the Greensboro Police Department and the Triad Chevy Club will host the third annual Cops and Rodders Cruise In and Car Show from 9 a.m to 3:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics.

 

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


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 week: Peaches and blueberries have arrived! Plus, shop for squash, garden peas, new potatoes, strawberries, and more.

 

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

 

 

Eastern

 

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 week: Farmers are still bringing spinach, kale, broccoli, turnips, cabbage, and red, green, smooth, and frilly-leaf lettuces, and tables will be loaded up with mounds of freshly pulled radishes, sweet little carrots, and many varieties of microgreens and sprouts. Enjoy homemade baked goodies, pork skins, or popcorn with a cup of freshly ground coffee or freshly squeezed lemonade, and shop the market while enjoying a sing-along to some of your favorite oldies with Craven’ Ukes, a local ukulele band.

 

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


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 week: On Saturday, shop for strawberries, cucumbers, squash, and garden peas, then fuel up with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel from Brown Bag Bagels’ food truck.

 

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1006 Peachtree Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 459-9810
nashcountync.gov/175


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


Spring Spotlight: Beets

One of our state’s first spring crops to sprout, beets help us welcome warm weather and fresh produce once again. We asked Richard Majestic of Majestic Family Farm in East Bend all about the growing process and how we can make the most out of these vibrant root vegetables.

Photography courtesy of MAJESTIC FAMILY FARM

Q: When do you plant and harvest the beets?

Majestic: I plant them in the middle of March in my greenhouse, and I pick them around the middle to the end of May. Toward the end of May through July is the best time to get them at the farmers market.

Q: When folks head to the farmers market for beets, what should they look for?

Majestic: You want the beets to be nice and firm, and make sure there are no rotten spots. At the beginning of the season, everyone is looking at the greens because you can eat them — either cook them like spinach or enjoy them raw.

Q: How do you incorporate beets into your meals?

Majestic: We eat them raw by grating them up finely and adding them to a salad. I pickle them, too. They’re good roasted with carrots, potatoes, and onions. There are a lot of ways [to prepare them], and raw beets are a great healthy addition to your meals.

Majestic Family Farm sells sustainably grown produce at the Clemmons Farmers Market every Saturday from May to October.

Clemmons Farmers Market
Jerry Long Family YMCA
1150 South Peace Haven Road
Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 766-7511
clemmons.org/243/Clemmons-Farmers-Market

This story was published on Apr 20, 2022

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