Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local food, farmers markets and farms.
Even on a rainy day devoted farmers’ market shoppers will 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 locally grown produce, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, plants and craft items.
The market has made the Carrboro town commons its home since 1996, though it began as an informal organization of farmers in the late 1970s. Those initial twenty participants expanded to more than 80 vendors at present, all located within fifty miles of Carrboro.
Part of the market’s shopping area is open air, where shoppers browse vendor tents that line a crushed stone path. Vendors in other parts of the market set up tables under two pavilion shelters, separated by a center gazebo where one frequently finds seasonal events like cooking demonstrations and the very popular annual tomato tasting.
Many prepared food items can be found at the market too. The Pig’s food cart serves local, pasture-raised pork to hungry shoppers. Sari Sari Sweets will more than satisfy that sweet tooth with indulgent treats. I can never leave without a loaf or crown of Chicken Bridge Bakery bread, made with locally milled, organic flour and carefully cultured natural yeasts. Of course, one can’t live on bread alone and Farmer’s Daughter jams and preserves pair perfectly with Chicken Bridge’s baked goods.
If you’ve never been to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, please consider adding it to your Triangle bucket list for a Saturday’s adventure in the “Paris of the Piedmont”.