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.
When you visit the Eno River Farmers’ Market in downtown Hillsborough, it doesn’t feel as though you’re downtown, although municipal office buildings and a courthouse are just a few feet away. The market’s lush green, park-like surroundings make it feel like an oasis.
There’s quite a history behind this market. Established in 1754 the original Hillsborough market was one of the first structures planned when the town was laid out. The original site could be found on the northwest corner of “Courthouse Square,” roughly the location of the 1844 Orange County Courthouse. Fast forward to 2014 and you can find this year-round market in almost that same originally planned spot, under a contemporary shady pavilion shelter.
The Eno River Farmers Market offers seasonal produce from vendors such as Hurtgen Meadows, Timberwood Organics and Walker Family Farm. Hillsborough Cheese Company, Two Chicks Farm preserved items and Accidental Baker crackers are popular vendors at this martket too. Frequently found items include pasture raised meat and eggs, a wide variety of baked goods, prepared foods, and extraordinarily lovely crafts from local artists. Each vendor at this growers only market is located within 60 miles of Hillsborough. A frequent rotation of entertainment features live music, storytelling, arts and crafts activities, as well as chef demonstrations.
All-in-all, the setting, vendors and added features at Eno River Farmers’ Market make it a favorite weekly shopping stop in historic downtown Hillsborough.