Market Days

July 7, 2017
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Sandhills Farmers & Heritage Market (Photo Credit: @SandhillsFamilyHeritageAssociation)

How far are you willing to drive to find freshly harvested blueberries, to snatch up a bushel of sweet corn, or to pick out the perfect heirloom tomatoes? Mid-summer, farms in the Sandhills region are at the peak of the growing season, and their harvest is plentiful. These four markets are the locals’ go-to spots for the freshest produce, as well as enriching cultural experiences. You don’t have to drive far at all to shop like a local at a farmer’s market in the communities of Cumberland County.

Sandhills Farmers & Heritage Market of Spring Lake, Sandhills Family Heritage Center

This market gathers on the first or second Saturday from June through September. So much more than a farmer’s market, though, the Sandhills Family Heritage Association’s mission is to educate folks about the history and heritage of African-American farmers in the Sandhills region. The event incorporates a different theme each month, featuring story-tellers, music, health and wellness information, and cooking demonstrations. Make a point to add this one to your calendar before the season ends.

 

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Murchison Road Community Farmers Market (Photo Credit: @fayettevillefreshnc)

Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, Fayetteville State University (FSU)

Recurring each Wednesday from June through October, this market prides itself on providing a community gathering place for local growers, chefs, and shoppers—an initiative that was launched by four innovative FSU students. At the peak of the summer season now, you will discover a wide range of fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, peaches, okra, and corn. Best of all, rest assured that their produce is free of commercial sprays and fertilizers.

City Market at the Museum, Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

Visitors to downtown Fayetteville enjoy shopping at this market on Saturdays from April through December (a few farmers set up here year-round, though). Besides the abundant supply of produce for sale, local artisans and hand-crafters also offer everything from hand-blown glass and handmade pottery to fragrant tea leaves and tasty baked goods. After filling up your shopping bags, take some time to stroll through the museum for a fascinating history lesson on the Fayetteville area.

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Jones Family Farm at Local Organic Farmers Market (Photo Credit: @GuidingWellnessInstitute)

Local Organic Farmers Market, Guiding Wellness Institute

Featuring exclusively certified organic farmers, this market is offering its patrons not only organic produce, but also organic meat. You will discover options like beets from Jones Family Farm, chicken and pork from CATHIS Farm, and micro-greens from Autryville’s Buzz. The market is just one of many programs that the Guiding Wellness Institute provides the community as a part of their mission to inspire a holistic approach to health. Drop in on any Wednesday, year-round, to experience everything these farmers are bringing to Cumberland County’s table.

Summer also brings many multicultural festivals to the greater Fayetteville area. Read more about those festivities on “International Festival Season.” Also be sure to visit the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events for even more summertime entertainment options for the whole family.

 

 

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