It's Wednesday March 12, 2014
Oriental’s Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street between South Water Street and the Oriental harbor. During the months of January, February and March, our hours at 9a-noon.
In April we move to our warmer weather hours, opening at 8a and closing at 11a. On that first Saturday, April 5, you will find a number of vendors setting up earlier — around 7a — for the visiting bicyclists in town for the Cycle NC weekend. (And also for anyone – on a bike or not – who wants some delicious breakfast fixings..)Here’s What You’ll Find at The Market on March 15.
Sandie of Academy Street Gardens will be at the market this Saturday with kale, sweet potatoes and other vegetables. Also, from the Academy Street Kitchen and Pantry, a selection of breads, English muffins, cranberry cake and muffins, cookies, pastries, blueberry cream scones, and other goodies. She will also have homemade jams, jellies, soup mixes, and other items.
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
BeeBee’s Best will be at market selling baked goods.
Ben will be at the farmer’s market this Saturday with freshly made
chocolates and candies. This week we will have: peppermint patties, cherry
cordials, pecan/coconut brittle, peanut brittle, rocky road, butter/pecan
caramels, spiced pecans, fleur de sel caramels, peanut butter cups, and
Dulce De Leche covered in chocolate. Drop by for your free samples.
Phyllis will be back, selling dog biscotti for K-9’s.
Geri of Just Say Sew will have a variety of her handmade items for sale. Need an apron for the upcoming Chowder Cookoff? Be sure to check out the custom aprons Geri makes for adults & children. This week she will also have cell phone holders, recyclable grocery bag holders and Dragon print bags for gift giving. Your canine companion may like a new fleece dog bed or a Collarfull Bandana. Her inventory is always changing so come see what’s new. Have something you need? Just Say Sew!
Dottie of American Artworkswill have her usual china-painted, kiln-fired tiles, as well as, kiln-fired fused glass jewelry and wall art and matted photographs and photo notecards.
Amy and Wade, our newest vendors will have one of a kind custom sailboat pillows, nautical note cards and other hand-crafted boating whimsy. Look for them this weekend and in the future.
(Check back – list is ever-updated.)
As we are wrapping up our 7th year, we have a market that is appreciably bigger than it was when it started with just three vendors in 2007. It is appreciably bigger than it was just a year ago. Among the regulars: three egg sellers, a coffee roaster, natural grown pork vendor, three produce sellers, 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.Coming Up At The Market
Dorita Boyd of Raindrop Ridge Herb Farm makes a return trip to the Oriental Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of April. She brings a wide array of herbs – many hard to find otherwise – from her farm near Washington.A Preview of What Vendors Are Growing & Prepping for Market Soon
Mel of Blue Bottle Gardens is growing mustard greens, and Lacinto kales.
John Moores says he has about 1000 seedlings coming on and barring any major set backs they should be ready for market by the first weekend in March. Varieties include: Cubanelle peppers, Giant marconi peppers, Giant Aconcaqua peppers, Bolivian Rainbow HOT peppers, Patio F hybrid tomatoes, Brandywine Red tomatoes, Boxcar Willie tomatoes, Hungarian/Italian paste tomatoes, Juliette grape tomatoes, Micro Tom miniature tomatoes, Italian Sweet Basil, Genovese Basil, Dill, Italian Parsley, Curly Parsley, Sage, Cilantro, Oregano, Chives, Zucchini and Okra plus a few other plants. John sayd he’ll add more varieties as the season progresses and will also have a nice selection of wood products and wall pieces. Some old favorites and some new items.
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.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