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 Fearrington Farmers Market is a destination market. I don’t know where you might find a more idyllic setting for a farmers market, complete with cute Beltie cows grazing in pastures and long winding walking paths to explore. Once an actual working dairy farm, Chatham County’s Fearrington Village hosts a seasonal farmers market in a field next door to the Fitch Creation’s Administration building every Tuesday afternoon, April 1st through November 25th.
Each week you visit the Fearrington Farmers Market you can expect to see your favorite farmers selling seasonal produce, fresh cut flowers, meats, baked goods, preserves and on many occasions even wood-fired pizza. The producers-only market began in 1991, organized by residents of Fearrington Village with the goal to create a place for farmers and consumers to meet. The market benefits the community through supporting small local growers and ranchers, encouraging sustainable farming practices and promoting the local economy by bringing high quality products to consumers at a reasonable price.
If cute cows and a bustling farmers market isn’t enough to encourage a visit, there are shops and dining options in the Village to enhance the experience. Roost Beer Garden is a favorite spot to linger on a late Spring into Summer afternoon to enjoy a local brew and catch a live music performance. McIntyre’s Books is a great indie book store (with a wonderful cookbook selection) to browse. The Goat is the village deli, wine shop and cafe, that also serves decadent confectioneries made next door in the kitchen of The Fearrington House Restaurant, perfect with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, their own Fearrington House mix, roasted on site. All that AND a farmers’ market.