America’s Hometown Happenings: August 5 – 7

August 4, 2016
Sandhills Farmers Market

Sandhills Farmers Market

As the residents of Cumberland County already know, “going to the market” does not have to involve spending a Saturday morning at a big box store. Two large farmers markets here offer locals and visitors alike great alternatives to the normal weekend shopping experience. One will take you to downtown Fayetteville and the other to the Town of Spring Lake, but either one is worth adding to the Saturday to-do list (or vacation bucket list).

Sandhills Farmers Market of Spring Lake is open every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., through September 24th. Visitors may pick from the market’s wide selection of fresh produce, hand-crafted goods, and specialty food items. Every third Saturday of the month is “Kids Day at the Market,” when children are able to participate in educational activities, like live cooking demonstrations, and games.

Much more than just a source of groceries, this market seeks to educate its visitors about the Sandhills region’s rich agricultural history, especially as it pertains to African Americans. The market is one of many programs and services that the Sandhills Family Heritage Association offers to the community as a part of their vision—“protecting our land, livelihood, and cultural heritage.”

City Market at the Museum is an event that occurs every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. Year-round, shoppers make their way downtown for seasonal produce, plants, coffee and tea, honey, eggs, and many other locally grown and handmade goods.

First-time visitors delight in unusual and unique market finds like micro-greens, dilly beans, and quail eggs. The regulars know to save their appetites for one of the onsite food trucks that provide sustenance to the shoppers. After checking off the shopping list, take a stroll through the museum or to one of several antique stores within walking distance.

For information on shopping straight from the source at one of Cumberland County’s many farms, be sure to check out this week’s featured blog: “Shop Like a Local at Pick-Your-Own Farms.” To learn about all the other events and activities occurring in the greater Fayetteville area this weekend, visit Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events.

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