Even on a rainy day devoted farmers’ market shoppers brave the weather to visit one of the Triangle’s popular markets. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market occupies the town commons each Saturday morning (and Wednesday afternoons during summer), supplying local produce, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, plants and craft items.
Though in its 34th season, the market has made the town commons its home only since 1996. The market started as an informal organization of farmers in the late 1970s and has seen growth from those initial twenty participants to more than 80 vendors presently, all located within fifty miles of Carrboro.
Part of the market’s shopping area is open air, where shoppers browse vendor tents that line the crushed stone path. Vendors in other parts of the market set up tables under two pavilion shelters, separated by a center gazebo where one can find cooking demonstrations frequently.
The Saturday I visited the market was during that “sweet spot” of seasonal transition. Tomatoes and some summer squash could still be found but radishes, broccoli, butternut squash and baby ginger were prevalent. I imagine more fall greens and squash will soon overtake farmer sales tables in coming weeks.
Many comforting items could be found at the market too. The Pig’s food cart was set up and ready to serve local, pasture-raised pork to hungry shoppers. A knit shawl wrap looked especially inviting in the dreary, cool weather. Sari Sari Sweets more than satisfied with an indulgent apple fritter.
One month from today, on November 1st the Carrboro market pavilions will host a very special fundraiser dinner as part of this year’s TerraVita Food & Wine event. The Chef Harvest Potluck promises to be the most divine potluck dinner you’ll ever have the pleasure of attending. Diners will enjoy dishes from twenty of the Triangle’s top chefs including:
- Andrea Reusing from Lantern
- Bill Smith from Crooks Corner
- Sean Fowler from Mandolin
- Adam Rose from Il Palio
- Kevin Callaghan from Acme Food & Beverage Company
- Aaron Vandemark from Pancuito
- Bret Jennings from Elaine’s
and many more (see the complete chef list here). Since each of the chefs participating in the potluck sources ingredients regularly from the Carrboro Farmers’ market, it seems fitting that the market is the location for the dinner. Also, proceeds from ticket sales for the potluck dinner will benefit the market and help with physical improvements at the present town commons location.
Tickets can be purchased online via the TerraVita event website ($55 per person) now. Given that fantastic line up of chefs and the abundance of available ingredients, I’d encourage you to buy your ticket to the Chef Harvest Potluck Fundraiser soon… in fact right about now, would probably be a good time. 😉
Market Info: Hours are Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30 pm, mid April through mid November.
Saturdays 7:00 am to Noon, April through October and 9:00 am to Noon, November through March.
Wednesday vendors may vary from Saturday vendors. Check the market website for vendor information, or sign up for their newsletter.
Shoppers will find free parking in the lot around the market and along streets near the market.
This market is convenient to residents of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.