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Where are the local farmers’ markets?

Judy Royal

It’s that time of year again. Farmers’ markets are popping up all over Southeastern North Carolina, giving us access to fresh, local produce, herbs, meats and other goodies we crave all winter long as well as hand-made arts and crafts, baked goods, soaps and more. No matter where you live, there’s bound to be one near you.

The Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market at the New Hanover-Pender county line on U.S. 17 North kicked off the selling season on April 7. The market is held on the lawn under the big shade trees from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15.

Carolina Beach is getting in on the action this year with its first Farmers Market & Art Show 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 24 at the Carolina Beach Lake. It continues every Saturday through Oct. 9.

Downtown Wilmington’s Riverfront Farmers’ Market starts Saturday and runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly through Dec. 18 in Riverfront Park, Water and Market streets, Wilmington [Map this]. You’ll often hear live music while you’re shopping.

Shallotte’s Farmers Market starts 2010 on May 1 and will be around from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 2 in Riverside Park off  N.C. 130 at Whiteville Road and Main Street, Shallotte [Map this].

The Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market begins its second year on May 3 and continues 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Monday through Sept. 27 on Old Causeway Drive across from the post office.

The Southport Waterfront Market is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays May 26 through Nov. 10 on the Garrison House Lawn at Fort Johnston.

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3 Responses to “ Where are the local farmers’ markets?”

  1. On June 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm R.T. Jones wrote:

    Hello – My name is R.T. Jones, Market manager for the Riverfront Farmers’ Market. Thank you so much for the publicity and your support of local farmers’ markets. Just a quick note/correction. The website for the Riverfront Farmers’ Market is wilmingtonfarmers.com not .org as posted. Thanks again.

  2. On June 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm Vaughn Hagerty wrote:

    R.T., thanks for speaking up about the incorrect link. We’re really sorry about that and have corrected it.

  3. On June 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm Curt wrote:

    Would like to add the Wallace Farmers Market to your list. The market meets each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the restored Train Depot in Historic Downtown Wallace. We even have a Facebook page — just type Wallace Farmers Market into the search bar on Facebook and click to Become a Fan so you get all the updates.

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