The town of Holly Springs, in southern Wake County, hosts a seasonal, producers-only market in the Village District (a quasi-downtown section found on South Main Street). The Holly Springs Farmers’ Market was voted one of America’s Favorite small farmers’ markets in 2011, and when you visit it’s easy to see why the market is popular. On any given Saturday shoppers will find about thirty vendors selling gorgeous produce, eggs, chicken and beef, as well as coffee, baked goods and specialty foods. Adding to the market’s appeal are the weekly special events (Little Hen’s pastry chef was “Chef in the Market” last weekend), artisan/craft vendors and live music performances, creating a festival feel (to wit, there were bubbles floating through the air the Saturday I visited).
I was completely enamored with the vegetables from Crownview Farm (of Dunn, NC). The bite-size tomatoes…
the colorful okra and eggplant…
and the gorgeous green peppers, onions and lettuce!
Many local farmers sell at this market, including Pipa’s Farm, Ball’s Berries, Barnes Farm & Produce and Valley Love Organic.
The Wilkerson Farm Beef tent was very busy when I stopped in and had sold out of a few cuts. Seems lots of people enjoy their beef.
Last Saturday, my favorite local pasta sauce maker was treating market shoppers to samples of Nello’s Sauce.
The Holly Springs Farmers’ Market exemplifies how towns can “enable” their community to purchase food produced locally, to interact with the farmers in their area, and to engage with their neighbors during a casual Saturday morning visit to the local farmers market.
Find more images from the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market here.
Market Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each Saturday, May through October.
Shoppers will find ample (free) parking in the lot just across the street from the market.
This market is convenient to residents of Holly Springs.
Visit the market website for more information about this market and its vendors.
Find them on Facebook to stay current on market events.