5 North Carolina Farmers Markets You Won’t Want to Miss

5 North Carolina Farmers Markets You Won’t Want to Miss

The opportunities for individuals to enjoy local communities of agriculturalists, artisans and many others, remain a priority during COVID-19. These communities continue to endure the challenges of supplying produce and other marketable goods and services to the public during these uncertain times. With the help of social distancing measures, protocols and specific attention to the changing dynamics of public gatherings, rest assured, farmers markets are here to stay. NCND had the privilege of providing a list of some unique North Carolina farmers markets, as well as some helpful resources for those searching for the right market to fit their needs.

ASAP Farmers Market in Asheville

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The ASAP Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon on the AB Tech Asheville Campus. This market is one of many Farmers Markets located on the ART bus line and partners with SNAP/EBT. In lieu of the Asheville City Market’s recent closure, vendors and attendees from the popular market have been ushered towards the ASAP Farmers Market.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

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The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market operates 6 days per week (closed Mondays) and has two major resources that make this market unique. The first is a drop-down product search list, broken down by vendor, and the second is an Interactive Market Map to help navigate the location of vendor booths on market days. These additions to the market provide resources for planning as well as up to date vendor information for market attendees.

Cobblestone Farmers Market in Wiston-Salem

The Cobblestone Farmers Market is a fully vetted, producers-only, sustainable year-round market in Winston-Salem, NC.  Situated in the Old Salem neighborhood, the market operates Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Pre-pay, drive-thru pick-up service is on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Cobblestone Food Access Program accepts SNAP and WIC FNMP by providing vouchers and assistance. The Cobblestone is one of two North Carolina farmers markets in Forsyth county who accepts WIC.

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

Founded in 1874, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is one of the oldest standing North Carolina farmers markets. The market has 175 vendor tables, where some vendors rent tables by the day. This farmers market boasts over 250,000 patrons throughout the year. Peak summer days can bring in anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 customers. The hours remain from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays with pre-order and drive-thru hours 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

The Wake Forest Farmers Market, situated between Wake Forest Town Hall and HL Miller Park has a number of vendors. The market opens Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon and continues to operate with a variety of social distancing measures in place.

Additional North Carolina Farmers Market Resources

These are just a few of the hundreds of Farmers Markets still in operation across the state of North Carolina. If you haven’t found a farmers market near you, or are looking for options beyond this list, the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, the USDA AMS Farmers Markets Map and North Carolina Farm Fresh are great options to find NC farmers markets.

Looking for another way to get your fresh fruits and veggies? Check out our article on Vacationer Supported Agriculture. Wondering what kinds of veggies you might see at a farmers market this fall? Check out what grows best in your zone during the fall months.

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