If you’re in search of fresh, locally grown produce, milk, eggs and cheese, the farmer’s market is the place to go. Not only are you supporting the environment by shopping locally, but you’re supporting your local farmers who are struggling like many other Americans during the current economical hardship. Now while everything sold at the farmer’s market is not certified organic, everything is still a great deal healthier than what’s sold at traditional grocery stores. According to Susan Planck from Wheatland Vegetable Farms in Pennsylvania, who commented on why people choose to shop at farmer’s markets, “People want food with fewer health risks from chemicals, and they want to restore contact with the producer of the food.” There are several farmer’s market locations in the state of North Carolina, and all the locations are open on different days and hours, although some are open seven days a week.
Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market
Located near downtown Asheville, this state owned farmer’s market is open all year long, seven days a week. From April to October, they’re open from 8 am – 6 pm, and November through March they’re open 8 – 5. Ample space allows 194 spaces for farmers to sell their inventory. You can purchase fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, sourwood honey, preserves, eggs, milk and much more. There is a nursery inside the farmer’s market, where you can purchase everything you need for your garden. There is also a café inside the farmer’s market, in case you get hungry, and you can eat sandwiches, soup, and more. Some of the farmers who sell their crop at the farmer’s market are Berry Nice Blueberry Farm, Full Sun Farm, Hope Hollow Farms, Chambers Farm and many more. The prices at the western North Carolina farmer’s market are very economical, and may only pay half of what you’d pay at a traditional grocery store.
Carrboro Farmer’s Market
Located in the city of Carrboro, in Orange County, Carrboro Farmer’s Market is a unique and popular market that is run by farmer members who sell their own produce at the market. Some of the participating farmer members are Pinot Farms, Baldwin Family Farms, A & A, Brinkley Farms, among numerous others. Open for the past 31 years, Carrboro Farmer’s Market is known for reaching out to the community by holding different events such as cooking demonstrations and teaching visitors different ways to take advantage of seasonal produce. Like many other farmer’s markets, you can purchase all types of fruits, vegetables, freshly canned items, dairy, beans, flowers, and even baked goods, including gluten-free brownies and more. The market is open year round from 7 am – noon, and the prices are less than what you would pay at Kroger or other grocery stores.