It’s the little things that excite me. Like the spate of updates from a handful of area farmers’ markets announcing upcoming Spring hours and new vendors for the new season. The anticipation of waking early to explore area markets filled with fresh Spring crops equates to similar feelings I had as a child during those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Goofy, I know. But still, I’m nearly that thrilled for the new season, and for the strawberry patch pickin’ days that won’t far fall behind.
Wondering when the farmers’ market near you will open/reopen for Spring/Summer hours? Here’s a run down of dates/times announced thus far:
- Apex Farmers’ Market returns to downtown Apex (220 N Salem St.) on Saturday, April 6th (9 am to 2 pm) with an opening day cooking demo and band performance.
- Carrboro Farmers’ Market starts earlier Saturday hours at 7 am beginning April 6th, and Wednesday afternoon market returns on April 10th (3:30 to 6:30 pm) and will feature Chef Matt Neal of Neal’s Deli. Stick around for a special post-market food truck rodeo fundraiser.
- Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market hours expand to an 8 am start on March 30th. Look for Tuesday afternoon markets to return on April 16th.
- Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market in Pittsboro returns for another fabulous season on Saturday, April 13th, 8 am to 1 pm.
- Clayton Farm & Community Market will return April 6th, 9 am to 1 pm and can be found in a new location, at Horne Square, near the corner of East Main and Lombard Streets.
- Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market starts Spring hours on Saturday, April 6th (8 am to 12:30 pm) with Tuesday afternoon market hours from 2 – 6 pm.
- Durham Farmers’ Market will return to early Saturday morning hours (8 am to noon) on April 6th and Wednesday afternoon hours (3:30 – 6:30 pm) on April 17th.
- Eno River Farmers’ Market in downtown Hillsborough begins its Spring season (hours of 8 am to noon) on Saturday, April 6th.
- Fearrington Farmers’ Market in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village will begin Tuesday afternoon market hours on April 23rd (4 – 6 pm).
- Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina resumes for the 2013 season on May 4th (9 am to 2 pm). Find this market in downtown Fuquay at the corner of N. Main & Academy Streets.
- Holly Springs Farmers’ Market in downtown Holly Springs on Main Street starts its seventh season on May 4th (Saturdays, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm).
- Midtown Farmers’ Market found in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping area reopens April 13th (8 am to noon).
- Raleigh Downtown Farmers’ Market, on Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza, returns Wednesday, April 24th for mid-day market hours 10 am to 2 pm.
- South Durham Farmers’ Market begins its second year this April and can be found in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center. Look for hours to expand on April 6th, to 8 am – Noon each Saturday.
- Southern Village Farmers’ Market, located on the square at Southern Village in Chapel Hill, will resume Thursday afternoon markets (3:30 – 6:30 pm) on May 2nd.
- The Saturday Market in downtown Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood became a year-round market this past Fall & Winter with hours of from 10 am to 1 pm. I’ll keep an eye out for any Spring hour change up and let you all know as soon as I know.
- The Saxapahaw Farmers’ Market season will start up with the ever entertaining Saturdays in Saxapahaw music series, in May (probably the 4th), and takes place in the evening 5 – 8 pm.
- Wake Forest Farmers’ Market begins Spring hours at 8 am to noon on Saturday, April 6th with a mid week market planned to return in May.
- Waverly Farmers’ Market, a first year late comer to last year’s farmer’ market scene, returns to Cary’s Waverly Place shopping center for season two on Saturday, April 20th (9 am to Noon)
- Western Wake Farmers’ Market resumes its earlier hours (8 am to noon) on Saturday, April 6th.
What else is coming in April? Why, the Piedmont Farm Tour of course, April 27th & 28th! Tickets are $25 (in advance, available online now) for a car load filled with your family and friends. Tour all the farms you care to over the weekend. Soon, buttons and brochures should be available at Weaver Street locations.
So mark your calendars. Set your alarm clocks. And welcome back Spring with an early Saturday morning visit to your nearest and dearest farmers’ market.