A new seasonal farmers’ market opened this June in one of Cary’s “best kept secrets“, Waverly Place shopping center near the intersection of Kildaire Farm & Tyron Roads, where you find Whole Foods in Cary.
Though a smaller market (which isn’t unusual for a new market, building a customer base) with around ten vendors on any given Saturday, I found all the produce I was looking for from vendors like Johnson Farms and Ball Berries & Produce, as well as a ham and cheese pretzel from Sweets Bakery & Catering for lunch. Sweets served both sweet and savory items, including a couple of empanada options. At the time of my visit to the market, the pine needle artist Bill Newman, had a few of his Stitch ‘n Pine baskets displayed. It’s amazing to learn how he transforms commonplace pine needles.
Once I wrapped up the market shopping, I had to explore the rest of the common area at Waverly Place, which I found reminiscent of a water park with dancing fountains and cascading waterfalls.
Like a few other retail centers around the Triangle, Waverly Place hosts special outdoor music and movie events, in addition to the Saturday morning seasonal farmers’ market. One upcoming event is the Cary Scavenger Hunt on September 15th, presented by Cary Citizen. In its third year, the Cary Scavenger Hunt pits teams of two to four members (in two categories) against one another and the clock, to solve clues and perhaps learn a few new things about the Cary community, as well as win some great prizes. Find out more about the event (and the prizes) and sign up your team by September 14th here. You can find further information about upcoming music series and events at Waverly Place via Facebook page here.
Waverly Place has gone through a bit of a remodel in the last year adding water features, landscaping and a kid’s play area. There are a few vacant shop spaces waiting for new tenants, but arts and crafts fans will be pleased to find Elegant Stitches and Waverly Artist Group studio and gallery occupying store fronts presently. New restaurants like Enrigo Italian Bistro and Fresca Cafe & Gelato are becoming quite popular. I had to pop in Fresca for a warm cup of coffee (it was an unusually cool and cloudy August morning). I was entranced with the orange & fig gelato, front & center in the refrigerator case. I’ll have to go back closer to lunch or dinner time to sample other menu items soon.
If you’ve not visited Waverly Place and the farmers’ market lately, do yourself a favor and stop by one Saturday morning for fresh, local produce from area farmers, and a cup of coffee (or perhaps breakfast) at Fresca Cafe.
Market Info: Hours are Saturdays 9:00 am to Noon, through November 17th.
Shoppers will find ample (free) parking in the lots surrounding the market.
This market is convenient to residents of Cary.