One part farmers’ market + one part music series + a selection of food vendors equals nothing but fun times for the whole family each Saturday evening on a hillside near Rivermill Village in “downtown” Saxapahaw.
A unique combination of local foods and entertainment have paired up to make Saturdays in Saxapahaw an increasingly popular event over the last couple of years.
Though more festival than farmers’ market, the market selection from vendors offers a variety of produce and meats comparable to any seasonal farmers’ market in the Triangle.
The market shopping experience includes crafts from several local artists. One could purchase hand-crafted jewelry, aprons, wood crafts, even chainmail garments (though I don’t know where one might wear chainmail this time of year). Of course, it isn’t a festival without a tie dye t-shirt, or three.
Attendees usually have two or more food truck dining options. The Saturday I visited both Will and Pop’s and Old North State BBQ food trucks were serving the hungry masses.
And if you walked up the wooded hillside, past the kids enjoying the downhill ride on the slip and slide, you’d find a crowd gathered around the Capp’s Wood Fired Pizza tent.
When they say “wood fired”, they mean your pizza is baked in their portable wood fired pizza oven, right then, right there.
Across the road from the festivities, one will find more dining options at Saxapahaw General Store’s cafe, The Eddy and at Cup 22 in the loft space above the Haw River Ballroom. I found a refreshing frappe beverage on the Cup 22 menu, that I sipped slowly while enjoying the view from the sunny patio.
Saxapahaw’s repurposed mill village has become a destination for Triangle residents (as well as for those that live beyond the Triangle). While Saturdays are a big draw during the summer music series, there’s always something interesting, creative, tasty and delightful drawing comers throughout the week, even if simply to sit and enjoy the view.
The summer music series continues through August and you can find the complete band line up on the website. Check that website after August for information about the annual Octoberfest celebration when details are announced.
The farmers’ market hours start at 5 pm and the music begins around 6 pm (each ends about 8 pm). As evidenced by the crowd size, Saturdays are pretty well attended. Parking is free, but can be a challenge (I recommend carpooling with friends, arriving early and carefully obeying the traffic officers and parking signs). Bring the camp chairs, a picnic blanket and some extra cash to contribute to the “swan” you’ll see passed around among the crowd (your donations go directly to the band).
If interested, you can find more photos from my visit to Saxapahaw here.