Western Wake Farmers’ Market is one of three markets located within Cary city limits and is the largest of the three, hosting more than thirty vendors on any given Saturday (the market operates Tuesday afternoon as well, May – September). The Saturday I visited birds of a certain feather were the market’s special guests.
The group Cary Chickens talked with market customers about backyard chickens (and sold some fashionable t-shirts too – pic below), a hot topic of discussion for the Cary town council since earlier this year. As of the end of May, a proposed ordinance has been moved forward to the town planning and zoning committee. The farmers’ market frequently hosts these types of education opportunities, as well as kid-friendly activities.
Each week, market shoppers can find a wide variety of produce, meats and cheeses. Hillsborough Cheese Co. has been a market regular for some time (and I am quite fond of many of their products, the fresh ricotta especially). A new cheese vendor joined Western Wake Farmers’ Market this spring, Chapel Hill Creamery.
But summer produce pours in from many vendors including, In Good Heart Farm (formerly Ben’s Produce), Coon Rock Farm, Smith’s Nursery, Wrenn’s Farm and many others.
If your Saturday agenda doesn’t allow time to cook a meal, you’ll find many prepared food vendors ready to feed you. Look for Melina’s Fresh Pasta, Martin’s Curry Rice and Sarah Cecilia Good Food Co., as well as baked goods from Cary’s own La Farm Bakery.
A market favorite, Muddy Dog Roasting Co., is ready to serve market shoppers coffee and tea by the cup or by the bag. You’ll find their tent near the end of the market (near the week’s performing musicians).
Western Wake Farmer’s Market has grown from a seasonal Saturday market to a busy year-round market with Tuesday afternoon market hours during the peak season, and a special craft market for the holiday season. Though the market still seeks a permanent location, I have no doubt that loyal market shoppers will follow wherever the market may go.
Market Hours: 3:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesdays, May through September
8:00 am to Noon Saturdays year round
Tuesday vendors will vary from Saturday vendors. Check the market website for vendor information, or sign up for their newsletter.
Shoppers will find ample (free) parking in the lot surrounding the market.
This market is convenient to residents of Cary, Morrisville, Apex and Durham.