Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market is the eldest of three farmers’ markets found in Cary. Established in 1991, the downtown farmers’ market found a new location in 2012, settling in the parking lot at 301 S. Academy Street on opening day in early April.
The Saturday I visited this market I found summer vegetables still plentiful, and many people perusing the hydroponic lettuces from Spahr’s Produce Farm. Baked goods were available from various vendors, including downtown Cary’s own Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe. Parker Family Farm (located in northern Orange County) offered meat products and eggs to market shoppers as well.
Vendors at this market grow or produce their own product within a 100-mile radius of downtown Cary. One of those vendors includes Open Door Farm, who are participants in the PLANT Farm Incubator program at Breeze Farm in Hurdle Mills. That program and farm may be familiar to you if you’ve ever been to the annual Farm to Fork Picnic. It was nice to see and meet one of the young farmers benefiting from that program.
Added features, like live music performances and craft vendors, make this market even more appealing to its shoppers. I was intrigued by the description of the musicians performing at the September 22nd market, The Motley Tones, a group of singing pirates that “washed ashore” at the Blackbeard Festival in 2010. The following Saturday, September 29th, will be Craft Day at Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market. Shoppers will find a wide variety of crafts and arts, including ceramic items from Eun Young Leem Pottery.
If you live in or around downtown Cary, and have yet to visit this farmers’ market, do see if you can squeeze in a visit one Saturday morning, or Tuesday afternoon. I think you’ll find all the local foods you seek and perhaps a few other delights.
Market Info: 3:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesdays and 8:00 am to 12:30 pm 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 on the streets surrounding the market and in the library parking lot nearby.
This market is convenient to residents of Cary.