SEE WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM
Summertime in the High Country means fresh local produce, soft artisan breads, right-from-the-farm eggs and so much more. Farmers’ Markets all around the mountain region are gearing up for the 2014 summer to share their local wares with the residents and visitors that eagerly await the opening of the markets. The markets provide a rare chance to see where your good and other items are coming from, and meet all of the people in person who make it happen. So grab your family and your reusable shopping bags and head down to your local market to see what your community has to offer.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market
The Watauga Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays from May through October from 8am until noon and in November from 9am until 1pm at the Horn in the West Parking Lot in Boone. The Watauga Farmers’ Market has been Boone’s Town Square since it first started in 1974, and will open for the 2014 season on May 3.
Vendors for the market offer fresh grown vegetables, fruits and herbs; farm-raised meats and eggs; fresh dairy products; plants; baked goods; delicious honeys, jellies and jams; local crafts and even a kid’s mini market on select weekends, where kids can sell their own wares to Farmers’ Market customers.
The Watauga Farmers’ Market also proudly offers special events including chef demonstration of local fare, live music, kids mini market, PHARM special events, art demonstrations and more all season long.
Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market
Address: Park Ave, Blowing Rock, NC
Every Thursday afternoon through October, Park Avenue just off of Main Street in Blowing Rock becomes the setting for the Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market.
The market is open on Thursdays during the season from 4 to 6pm with vendors offering the community fresh produce, meats, eggs, honey, herbs, sweet baked goods, flowers, pastas and much more.
Avery County Farmers Market – Banner Elk
Address: 191 Main St W Banner Elk, NC
The Avery County Farmers’ Market in Banner Elk takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays on Tate’s Lawn at Lees-McRae College. Starting in late spring, the Farmers’ Market offers local goods to customers including fresh produce, jams and jellies, canned goods and more.
Avery County Farmers Market – Newland
On Fridays, the Ashe County Farmers Market takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Avery County Cooperative Extension in Newland. Guests can pick up local products like syrups, artisan breads, flowers and more from their farmer and craftsmen neighbors for a great Friday evening outing.
Ashe County Farmers’ Market
The Ashe County Farmers’ Market, which runs through October, is located in West Jefferson on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm. At this market, you can sample produce, home-grown nursery items and other local fare. The market also features specific days for quilting, fibers, cooking demonstrations, pie contests, grilling demonstrations, a barbeque fundraiser, Christmas in July, Holiday markets and much more. For more information, please visit the website.
Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market
Address: Lenior, NC
The Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market that takes place in downtown Lenoir runs each Saturday from 10am until 6pm Working to sustain a local food economy, the market features fresh produce, baked goods and other items from local sources. The market also offers memberships to help expand its efforts. For more information on the markets, please visit the website.
Wilkesboro Open Air Market
The Wilkesboro Open Air Market, located in Historic Downtown Wilkesboro, is a great place to find handcrafted goods and straight-from-the-farm products of all kinds. The event is held on the third Friday of each month through August and runs from 4 to 9pm Featured at the market is themed live music, produce, demonstrations, children’s activities and more. All activities at the market are free as is admission. For more information, visit the website. Opening day is May 2.
Caldwell Farmers’ Market
Address: 120 Hospital Ave NW, Lenoir, NC
The Caldwell Farmers’ Market is located at 120 Hospital Ave. in Lenoir. The market runs from 6am to noon on Saturdays May through December. The market offers locally grown fresh fruits and produce in-season and is located at the lower parking lot of Caldwell County Library on Hospital Avenue.