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.
Established in 1991, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market has rolled with the punches, moving from one home to another as downtown Cary undergoes various projects, proving you can’t keep a good market down. This market will begin their 2014 season on April 5 (8 am to 12:30 pm) on the front lawn of the historic Ivey Ellington-Waddell House at 135 W. Chatham Street. If you’re not familiar with the home take a look at the photo snapped by Cary’s town manager here. It’s really lovely and will be quite a picturesque setting for a farmers market.
Now that the new market home is set they plan to welcome returning vendors like Spahr Farm and their hydroponically grown produce and additional farm fresh produce from Currin Farms, Barnes Farm & Produce, Johnson Farms Parker Farm & Vineyard and Better Be Ellerbee Peaches (mmm, peaches). The new season will welcome a variety of vendors offering an assortment of goat cheese (from Paradox Farm) and cow cheese (from Cultured Cow) as well as every imaginable meat: beef, chicken, pork, turkey, duck and rabbit. Plus the market will be teaming up with Farmer FoodShare, a local non profit that provides fresh foods directly from market to the food insecure.
Past seasons always included fun events and kid friendly activities and there’s no reason to doubt that the coming season will be any different. Opening day will feature the return of a market favorite, The Motley Tones with their unique brand of pirate humor and songs. Be certain to visit the market website, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to stay current on the latest market events and product availability.