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.
Date posted: April 20, 2010