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.
What happens when a group of Wake County moms collaborate to fulfill their desire to feed their families locally grown food? Well, Western Wake Farmers’ Market happens. With a mission to educate consumers about the myriad benefits of locally produced food, this farmers’ market on the Cary/Morrisville border helps make the direct connection between farmers and local community members each Saturday morning.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market is a relative new comer among Triangle markets. The market started in 2009 and returns for its sixth season in 2014. The market quickly grew, increasing the number of vendors and eventually transitioning from a seasonal market to year-round in their weekly pop-up location at Carpenter Village.
The diversity of available products lends to the market’s appeal, including special seasonal produce vendors selling NC grown peaches in Summer and apples in Fall. Fresh seafood from the NC coast is available year-round from market vendor Locals Seafood. More than thirty vendors can be found most any given Saturday during peak season, selling locally raised produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, honey, prepared foods and specialty beverages like coffee and tea from Muddy Dog Roasting Co., Crude Bitters and Soda and Fullsteam Brewery beer.
Twice each year the market doubles in size, hosting special craft fairs in the Spring and just before the holiday shopping season. Year round, the market hosts information sessions that focus on environmental, health and educational topics. In addition, there’s usually some good toe-tapping live music to enjoy while shopping for your ingredients. All in all, the food, products and added value items at Western Wake Farmers’ Market prove those Wake County moms really know how to grow a healthy farmers’ market.