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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. Next Saturday market is October 25. Be sure to check out Row Two — we’ve grown so much that one row wasn’t enough!

Also, we gladly welcome more vendors to be part of the market. We especially need more produce growers and sellers, but all are welcome to sell what they have made. Our guiding principle is a simple one — locally made, locally grown. If that describes your product, come join us. (Click here for the rest of the guidelines and contact info.)

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Here’s What’s For Sale at The Market on Saturday, October 25.
(based on vendors who’ve let us know they’ll be there.)

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

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 of Out of the Kitchen will have an array of baked goods, all of it made from scratch with no commercial mixes in the mix. She will have bread, strawberry daiquiri and chocolate cheese cakes and lots of biscotti (and dog biscotti as well.) Also, the bakers’ secret – cans of good creamy caramel. Biscotti come in a wide range of flavors — she’s happy to give you a free sampling.. ( You’ll want to get it now. Phyllis and Joe are moving and Saturday is their last day at the Oriental Farmers’ Market. )

Ben and Tonya of B&Ts Chocolatique will be back on Saturday and will have: 70% dark chocolate, peppermint patties, cherry cordials, chocolate truffles, pecan/coconut brittle, peanut brittle, rocky road, butter/pecan caramels, spiced pecans, fleur de sel caramels, peanut butter fudge covered in milk chocolate, sugar free spiced pecans, solid chocolate pumpkin, dark chocolate with espresso beans, solid chocolate dragon eggs and still more.

Jennifer Del Rio will be selling Dish-Enchantments; garden sculptures, wind chimes and bird feeders made from recycled and repurposed items. She will also be showing and selling her pendant jewelry created from vintage silverware. All occasion photo cards are available to “wrap up” your gift shopping. This week a new batch of angel and cemetery art cards is ready, perfect for sympathy, miss you, get well or thinking of you.

*Judith of Oriental Knot Works *will be selling a variety of hand-crafted, customizable “knotical” and pet-themed bracelets, anklets and earrings purrfect for holiday gift giving. New creations are added every week.

Paula Valinoti returns with jewelry.

The Oriental Farmers Market set up on Hodges Street in July 2007. Today, we have a market that is appreciably bigger than it was when it started with just three vendors back then. Most Saturdays we have so many vendors, we’ve had to create a second row, now accessible from a passageway in the first row. Come by and see for yourself.

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

Mel of Blue Bottle Gardens will soon have a new supply of dried bay leaves also chemical free. ALso, a new crop of fragrant Sweet Annie and purple majesty millet for dried arrangements. For winter, more kale is going in to the garden beds.

Because of the summer temperatures and chocolate’s melting point, B&Ts Chocolatique has not been at the farmers market but Ben and Tonya will return when cooler weather comes. 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.

And please do not park in front of the booths – it makes it a challenge for other customers to walk by. Thanks for support your Oriental Farmers’ Market.

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 eighth 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 Sell At The Market

We welcome you to sell at the market if you have something that is locally made or locally grown. Basically, our key criteria is “local, local, local.” If it’s locally made or locally grown, you can bring it to the market to sell. If you’re baking or preparing food to sell, there are some other NC Dept of Agriculture standards to meet — for instance, a kitchen inspection . You can read more about that here.

That said, as farmers’ market guidelines go, ours 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 and so we can get a space for you.)

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