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riental’s Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street between South Water Street and the Oriental harbor. We’re open from 8a to 11a.

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Here’s What You’ll Find at The Market on Saturday July 26

Judy from The Barn will be at the market this week with freshly picked fruits and vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, banana peppers, new potatoes, and peaches. Judy and George sell only what they grow on their farm on Janiero Rd.

Christine of Enchanted Gardens Farm will have Bogue sound watermelon (best watermelon in the world) heirloom tomatoes, free range eggs, local honey, cucumbers, honeydew melons and personal sized cantaloupes. There will be goodies from the kitchen and her many types of jams and jellies.

Cindy of Day Boys Farms returns with okra and squash, and tomatoes. They are grown in Florence off the Florence-Whortonsville Road

Bob from Old Cypress Farm will be selling eggs from pastured chickens. A study done by Mother Earth News has shown that pastured eggs contain • 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene

J&K Farms will be selling fresh free-range eggs.
Pamlico Bee Works – Patrick and Jennifer Del Rio – will be at the Farmer’s Market offering pure, natural, local honey, “Liquid Gold from Pamlico County”, from beehives kept without the use of chemical or antibiotic treatment and sold only in glass jars. Also, they are introducing a new form of Pamlico Gold: 1 lb jars of “Chunk”, comb-in-the-jar honey.

Phyllis has biscotti, a lotta biscotti, for sale. She has been selling them at farmers’ markets for 15 years and is trying out new flavors. This week’s new flavor is peppermint bark. That’s in addition to many other flavors including Rocky Road, s’mores, Key lime, pistachio, coconut creme, cranberry white oatmeal, chocolate pecan, M&Ms, peanut butter, lemon, anise, almond, chocolate Almond, banana, fruit cake, honey walnut, blueberry, orange express and ginger. She’s happy to give you a sample of any of them. Also ask Phyllis about the cakes she can custom-make. And of course, she has biscotti specifically baked for dogs.

BeeBee’s Best will be at market this week selling her usual breads, assorted cookies and other baked goods.

Kip’s Kitchen will be there with: quiches, biscotti, pecan pies and tarts, blueberry muffins, pineapple zucchini bread, pumpkin rolls and homemade pierogies.

4 Friends Pesto will be there this week.

Mary Kathryn with Red Robin Soaps will be at Saturday’s market with lovely artisan soaps — handmade and beautifully scented. She has new goat’s milk soaps in lavender, tea tree, and rosemary scents. Check out her skin products: “bee balm” lotion, lip balm, lotion bars in lavender and insect-repellent varieties, and her new Salve Plantain, a fabulous ointment useful for burns, poison rashes, bites, and stings.

Jennifer Del Rio will be selling garden sculptures, wind chimes and bird feeders made from recycled and repurposed items. Also this weekend, she will again be introducing her new line of pendants created from vintage silverware. She offers all occasion photo cards to “wrap up” your gift shopping, too.

Wade and Amy will be back this week with even more sail boat pillows. Stop by and check out the “swatch board” filled with fabrics available for your one-of-a-kind pillow. Lavender sachets, soaps, lotions and sprays abound this week. All natural bug spray in two convenient sizes as well.

(Check back – list is ever-updated.)

The Oriental Farmers Market set up on Hodges Street 7 July’s ago. Today, we have a market that is appreciably bigger than it was when it started with just three vendors in July 2007. Among the regulars: three produce sellers, three egg sellers, a coffee roaster, natural grown pork vendor, three bakers, gobs of artisans, to name just a few. Some Saturdays we have so many vendors, we’ve had to create a second row. Come by and see for yourself.

A Preview of What Vendors Are Growing & Prepping for Market Soon

Yes, you can get locally grown hardneck garlic in Eastern NC. It’s been growing thru the winter and spring at Blue Bottle Gardens, right around the corner from the market. Several varieties – Siberian, Music, Czech Broadleaf – are curing now and should be ready for sale by early July. Taste the difference. This garlic is grown without chemicals – just highly-caffeinated compost and organic food. Mel of BBG will also soon have a new supply of dried bay leaves also chemical free.

Because of the rising temperatures B&Ts Chocolatique will not be at the farmers market for the remainder of the summer, but Ben and Tonya will return in the fall. In the meantime, Ben will be working on new flavors and temptations.

And if you’re looking for a rain barrel, they will occasionally be on sale at the market via the 4H club. We’ll let you know the weeks they’ll be here. (OR call the Pamlico Ag Extension office to buy one there. They’re $50)

And now, a few humble requests.

1) Small bills — ones and fives — make life easier for the vendors, especially in the early moments of the market. (Tens and twenties welcomed too, of course, but the smaller bills are better first thing..)

2) There should be plenty of parking available on Hodges – from the harbor to Academy Street and on South Water Street. Unless you’re planning to be shopping inside the Provision Company please don’t park in the spaces directly in front of or beside that building. Those spaces are needed for the Provision Company customers and everyone wants to be a good neighbor. So, please, park there only if you plan to shop there.

A Different Way To Cook?

If you’re looking for a new way to cook the produce you buy at the Oriental Farmers’ Market, check out our Recipe page.

Looking for Organically Raised Chicken and Meat in Oriental?

One more note: organically raised meats and poultry are easier to get in Oriental now. You can have your organic meats and get them delivered, too.

Genell Pridgen and her husband and her parents raise chickens, cows, pigs and lambs at their Rainbow Meadow Farms in Snow Hill. They also make bacon and sausage from the organically raised animals and all of it is in great demand from here to the Triangle. (And for good reason: the meats really do taste better than the mass-produced ones.)

What’s good for us is that Genell and her family come to Oriental every other weekend for some R&R from the hard work on their farm. Genell says that if Oriental Farmers’ Market customers want to order Rainbow Meadow meats on line, she can deliver them when she comes to Oriental. The Rainbow Meadow Farm website is http://www.rmfpasturepuremeats.com

A big “Thank You” for nurturing our grassroots….

The Oriental Market has been a truly grassroots effort since its start in July 2007 and we remain a grassroots effort. We get no funding from any source other than you when you come to the market. Now in to our seventh year, we send a big thanks to you for your support….

If you’re new to us, and if you are looking for locally grown, locally made food, some introductions are in order. Namely, we are as local as you are going to get, unless you grow it yourself. Throughout the year — all 12 months — you’ll find produce grown in gardens in Oriental and Pamlico County. Eggs laid by Pamlico County hens. Breads and other baked goods coming from local ovens. As well as plants and artisans’ work….

Most of our growers raise their produce without chemicals. Find out for yourself. Come on down and talk to the people who grow the food and ask them how they grew it. That’s the beauty of the Oriental Farmers’ Market. You can also ask about the chickens that lay the eggs and the baked goods that come from Oriental and Pamlico County kitchens and the artisans’ work and the plants….

The Oriental Farmers’ Market sign floated away in Hurricane Irene from its usual position outside the Wits’ End on Hodges Street. During the storm surge, it floated away and away and away and came to rest in a backyard in the SailLoft subdivision on the other side of the bridge. It’s since been returned to its home.
Our other Oriental Farmers’ Market sign came back home in late September, thanks to Bill Manger who found it while clearing trees near a friend’s home at Otter Creek. After floating 8/10ths of a mile away in Irene, the sign is a little heavier — with all the absorbed water — and needed a wash, but it’s back on Hodges Street to again let passersby know about the market.

Got A Recipe?

Want to share a recipe with the Oriental Farmers’ Market? We’re open to recipes for any thing that’s in season or sold at the market. Drop us a line here and we’ll post your recipe on the recipes page (To send the recipe, just click reply on this email.)

Come On Down And Sell At The Market

We welcome you to sell at the market if you have something that is locally made or locally grown. Basically, if it’s locally made or locally grown, bring it to the market to sell. There are a few more guidelines for selling at the market which you can read here. As guidelines go, these are pretty simple, so come on down and join us as a vendor. (But please, contact us first so we can let our customers know you’re coming.)

We also welcome your ideas of food-plant-craft related demonstrations to happen at the Farmers’ Market. For more info, call Melinda at 675-0180.

Farmers' Market Hours

Saturday's 8:00am - 11:00am

The Farmers' Market is on Hodges Street near the Harbor