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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: Be on the lookout for Yancey County hydroponic bibb lettuce, local eggs, fresh strawberries, ramps, mountain trout, local plants, trees, herbs, and hemp.

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


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: Just in: collards, fresh herbs, and local favorite Orchard Coffee! Shop for Mother’s Day gifts from heritage craft vendors and flower farms. Plus, enjoy great mountain tunes and folk classics by the Radio Hill Gang.

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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: Closed this week, but come back next week for the Summer Grand Opening!

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

 

 

Central

 

Spring Farmers Market — Julian

Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Homeland Creamery for a fun day exploring local farmers and crafters with Ghassans’ Food truck and of course delicious Homeland Creamery Ice Cream. One day only!

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6506 Bowman Dairy Road, Julian, NC 27283
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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 special activities and entertainment throughout the season.

Opening this week! Look for lettuce, mixed greens, collards, microgreens, and spinach.

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


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 week: Asparagus and mushrooms are new this week! Plus, selected vendors will be providing samples of their fruits, meats, specialty items, and honey.

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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: Be on the lookout for spring onions, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, greenhouse zucchini, Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, and turnips — plus bison!

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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: Strawberries, strawberries, and more strawberries! Sugar snaps are new this week, along with garlic. Other spring crops now available include spinach, bok choy, kale, lettuces, carrots, greenhouse tomatoes, and cucumbers. Also check out the selection of Mother’s Day gifts.

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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: Just in: spinach and arugula!

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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.

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: Saturday is Strawberry Day! Lettuce is new this week, plus, be on the lookout for asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes, hot-house tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

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


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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