It's Monday December 9, 2013
Oriental’s Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street between South Water Street and the Oriental harbor. You’ll find our vendors out there from 8a-11a.
And on the upcoming Spirit of Christmas Saturday, December 14, we’ll be open from 8a to 1p. (Some vendors may even stay longer….) Come on by and buy the most local holiday gifts you will find.
Come by and see what it’s all about. For a small town, Oriental’s homegrown farmers’ market is big, having continued to grow since its start with three vendors in 2007. These days, you’ll find several produce sellers – several who grow without chemicals – bakers, a pork seller, egg vendors, a local coffee roaster, and plants and crafts for sale, too.
We now have so many vendors, we’ve had to create a second row. You’ll find your regular vendors along the front row, but right behind them now is a promenade. Wander along there and you’ll find lots of artisans showing and selling their work.
Look for a longer Farmers’ Market from 8a-1p on Saturday December 14 as we celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. This gives you yet another chance to knock out a lot of your holiday shopping with the most locally-made gifts you will find!Here’s What You’ll Find at The Market on Saturday, December 7.
Sandie of Academy Street Gardens will be at the market with resh produce, grown without chemicals – including kale, beets, turnips, mixed mustards, mizuna, arugula, winter squash, lettuce. Also, NC apples and local sweet potatoes.
From the Academy Street Kitchens holiday treats that make great gifts: cookies- chocolate chubbies, benne’s, pecan tassies. gingerlies, linzer cookies, and others. You may purchase them as cookie trays or gift boxes (or just have them for breakfast at the market.) Also, gourmet mustards, jams and jellies- rosemary wine jelly, both hot and sweet pepper jellies, cranberry Grand Marnier relish, pickled okra, pear marmalade, and more. Also from the pantry, your favorite soup mixes are returning, attractively packaged and ready for gift giving.
Sandie will also have fresh cream scones, English muffins, bagels,apple muffins, stout gingerbread, zucchini bread, cranberry bread, turnovers, and other baked goods. And Sandie will have fresh greenery wreaths in a variety of sizes. They are made with of fragrant cedar, juniper, Frazier fir, and magnolia.
Jacob and Candice Morgan of Morgan Meats raise pigs on the ground that are antibiotic-free with no added hormones. All of the meat is also nitrate-free. For sale this week: pork chops, smoked hams, and yes, bacon. They will also have a variety of sausages including: hot and mild breakfast, chorizo, smoked pepper & onion, hot Italian, maple breakfast links, and bratwurst.
J&K Farms will be selling fresh free-range eggs.
Pat of Bee Bee’s Best will have an array of baked goods for sale.
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’ll be offering cranberry-orange, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice honey butters.
Jackie Wall will be selling small sample packages of organic Microgreens so folks can try them at home.
Jennifer Del Rio will have a brand new batch of photo cards for all occasions, including angel cards appropriate for Christmas, Thinking of You or Sympathy. She will also be selling wind chimes and yard art made from recycled and re-purposed items.
John of Third Day Products will be at the market this Saturday with a variety of hardy winter shrubs and herbs plus a nice selection of wood products; such as bird houses and feeders, patio tables, decorative wall hangings, assorted baskets and containers and other stuff.
Phyllis is back and selling biscotti for dogs and body warmers for humans.
Mary Kathryn with Red Robin Soaps will be at Saturday’s market with lots of items for your holiday shopping: lovely, scented, handmade artisan soaps in various aromas like “Warm Cider,” “Christmas Tree,” and “Candy Cane,” along with her regular scents. Check out the lip balm and hand lotion (made with organic beeswax), perfect for your dry, winter skin. There are lots of yarn items for Christmas, crocheted and knitted to keep you cozy in the wind! It’s time to shop for your gifts this year!
Dottie of American Artworks will be there (as long as it is not raining) selling her handmade fused glass jewelry, wall art and candle holders as well as her photographs and photo notecards and her china-painted, kiln-fired ceramic tiles.
Marlene Miller will be selling crafts that started as nature’s own. Pamlico County’s and North Carolina’s wind, water, and soil created natural sculpture in driftwood and gourds which Marlene has enhanced by turning them into something else, birds, Santas, or whatever else their shapes were reminiscent of, just in time for the holidays. Come by and see if you see what she sees.
If it does not rain, Neuse River Winery will be at the market with aselection of Christmas table linens and to tell folks about the winery.
Geri of Just Say Sew has something new this week. She’ll be selling cozy fleece headbands for only $5. She also has a variety of handmade items, including lined / reversible aprons in sizes for adults & children, tote bags and reyclable grocery bag holders. There are some great new designs to check out. Come find a gift that’s sure to please.
Pat of Works of Italy and Jill of Simply Recycled are pairing up to bring you mosaic tables and table tops along with Seasonal decorations and gift items. They use materials that would have been thrown away and recycle them into one of a kind pieces. Some materials they use are wood, cork, granite, marble, and even magazines. They are thinking green.
(Check back – list is ever-updated.)A Preview of What Vendors Are Growing & Prepping for Market Soon
Sandie of Academy Street Gardens says that with the holidays coming soon, she will have fresh, mixed greenery wreaths and bulk greenery for holiday decorating. It is also a good time to start thinking about your holiday baking and gifting needs- both Thanksgiving and Christmas. She will have a wide variety of cakes, pies, cookie trays and gift boxes, cheesecakes, jam and jelly gift boxes,soup mixes,custom beer mustards, etc.
Mel of Blue Bottle Gardens will be bringing bay leaves in jars and cello-packs as the weather gets cooler.
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 humble request. Two, actually.
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.comA 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
The Farmers' Market is on Hodges Street near the Harbor