Local only at the Carrboro Farmers Market
The Carrboro Farmers Market is open on Saturdays all year long and also on Wednesdays during the summer. Often I have had clients tell me that they went to the market and were disappointed, there wasn’t much of anything there. There is a good reason for that!
North Carolina has a great climate but this isn’t southern California or Florida and the produce at the Carrboro Farmers Market is all local. In December there may only be some crafts, baked goods and bunches of collards and sweet potatoes. The last frost date when farmers can safely plant is mid April. Not too long after that the market starts to fill with wonderful color starting with light greens and peaking with reds,yellows,purples and oranges by mid August.
Friends at the Market
Many of the vendors have been selling their locally grown veggies for years and Saturday is a catch up day for them too. Carrboro and Chapel Hill are fairly small towns so it’s common to run into friends at every turn. The baby in the back pack or wagon will be running around munching on a cucumber before you know it.
What’s for dinner?
I always think I’ve bought too much at the farmers market when I’m making several trips to my car with baskets of beautiful veggies and flowers but it’s never the case. I always buy tomatoes, peppers, goat cheese, sourdough bread, basil, corn if it’s in and flowers. My husband likes the sausage and butter beans. The big fat blackberries are also a favorite. So now with a car full of delious things to eat, what’s for dinner?
A favorite farmers market dinner is to chop up different colors of heirloom tomatoes and mix with olive, oil, garlic, pepper flakes and goat cheese. Cook some whole wheat pasta and toss. Sometimes we can’t wait and just dip fresh sourdough bread in the mixture. It’s so good!
Don’t miss the Carrboro Farmers Market no matter what time of year!
Take a look at my video of the Carrboro Farmers Market in August