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.
The town of Holly Springs, in southern Wake County, hosts a seasonal, producers-only market in the Village District (a quasi-downtown section found on South Main Street). The Holly Springs Farmers’ Market was voted one of America’s Favorite small farmers’ markets in 2011, 2012 & 2013. When you visit, it’s easy to see why the market is popular.
On any given Saturday from May through mid October shoppers will find more than twenty vendors selling seasonal produce, eggs, chicken and beef, as well as honey, baked goods and specialty foods. The upcoming eighth season will kick off on May 3, 2014 and a preliminary list of vendors includes Barnes Farms, Crownview Farm, Wildest Dream Farm, DJ’s Berry Patch, Wake County Beekeepers, Wilkerson Farm (beef), Valley Love Organics (eggs and chicken), Good Grace’s Dog Treats, Stephenson’s Bakery, Gluten Free with Sarah B. and for the ice cream fan, The Freezing Pointe. Adding to the market’s appeal are the weekly special events (Little Hen has been “Chef in the Market” on more than one occasion), artisan/craft vendors and live music performances, creating a festival feel.
The Holly Springs Farmers’ Market exemplifies how towns can “enable” their community to purchase food produced locally, to interact with the farmers in their community and to socialize with their neighbors during a casual Saturday morning visit.