Monday, June 11, 2018
If you're reading this, you must be trying to decide whether to come here, to this farmer's market, rather than to another one; or maybe you are wondering if this one is worth driving to in the first place. Well, come on to this one. It's big, even in the off season. What's available is what's fresh, or what the vendors can buy. The dirty little secret of farmers markets is that not everybody grew themselves what they have displayed to sell, but that's OK. One of the more important purposes of places like this is the variety and what would be in effect one stop shopping. This particular market has a set of stable, most always open vendors, and some unusual ones you won't find anywhere else (because there's not enough customer traffic). Some examples are: NC wineries, soap and candles, doodads. The (slightly) air conditioned building has an excellent "homemade" ice cream parlor, that also offers a wide variety of canned (in jars) fruit, vegetables, jams, jellies, etc.). There are also many outdoor / indoor plant and flower sellers, so there's no need to make a trip to the garden store. Prices are in general higher than what you'd pay at a grocery store, but the quality is higher, the produce in general fresher, and all the advice you need is free.