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riental’s Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street between South Water Street and the Oriental harbor. In April we move in to our warmer weather hours. We’re open from 8a to 11a.

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Here’s What You’ll Find at The Market on April 19.

Sandie of Academy Street Gardens will be selling kale, sweet potatoes and other vegetables, grown without chemicals. Also, an array of baked goods such as breads, English muffins, cranberry cake and muffins, cookies, pastries, blueberry cream scones from the Academy Street Kitchen and Pantry. Sandie will also have homemade jams, jellies, soup mixes, and other items.

Christine of Enchanted Gardens Farm will have lettuces, hummus, pesto and her full line of specialty jams and jellies with some new flavors for spring.

Bob of 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

Phyllis will be selling a lotta biscotti. Phyllis has been perfecting recipes and selling biscotti at farmers’ markets for 15 years. Among her flavors this week will be: jelly bean, fruit cake, chocolate pecan, citrus, peppermint bark, pineapple upside down. Those are for humans. She has biscotti for dogs as well. Stop by for a taste. She’s happy to give you a sample.

B&Ts Chocolatique will be at the farmers market this Saturday and they are celebrating Easter with molded chocolates in the Easter theme. Solid milk chocolate eggs, solid dark chocolate eggs, solid extra dark chocolates. All will be packaged in decorator boxes and bags for Easter Sunday celebration. They’ll also have mixed brittles and caramels in similar decorator boxes and bags. The list of extras are cherry cordials, peppermint patties, peanut butter fudge, chocolate covered PB fudge cups and anything else Ben can whip up.

BeeBee’s Best will be there selling her usual fresh baked breads and sweets. Pata may have a few surprises coming your way if time allows.

John of Third Day Products returns to the market Saturday with a great selection of plants. He says that everything is bursting with this warm spring weather and his plants are all primed for planting. Lush foliage and beautifully formed plants and herbs are ready for market. Get what you need for your garden. “Come early and beat the rush,” says John.

Mary Kathryn with Red Robin Soaps will be at Saturday’s market with a lovely selection of artisan soaps in scents such as tea tree, lavender, sweet pea, magnolia, vanilla, sandalwood, lilac, and others. Her soaps are made from scratch at home with olive oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oil, using essential oils and natural colorants like cocoa powder and turmeric. Some have ground oatmeal added for moisturization. These soaps are fresh, chemical-free, and excellent for your skin. She also has bee balm and lip balm for your dry skin, made with organic beeswax. Check out her market bags and other crocheted and knitted wares.

Neuse River Winery will be at the Farmer’s Market to talk about the vineyard and wine tastings here in Oriental. Rolayne will also have a selection of spring and Easter linens- rabbits, jelly beans, and ornate eggs done in fabric — all with no calories!

Per Erichsen of Pamlico County Arts Council will be selling posters of the upcoming (May 10) Art on the Neuse Outdoor Arts Festival. The posters this year feature a painting by Oriental artist, Julie Gaines.

(Check back – list is ever-updated.)

The Oriental Farmers Market set up on Hodges Street 7 years 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

Mel of Blue Bottle Gardens is growing Lacinto kales. Also hardneck garlic which should be ready by July.

>John of Third Day Products will have hanging baskets and larger plants later in the season – most likely by the end of April.
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Christine of Enchanted Gardens Farm is learning the bee trade. She’s hoping to bring honey to market next year.

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