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S
o, what can you find at the Oriental Farmers’ Market? Here’s a sampling of what just some of the vendors bring to our market. You’ll find some, if not all, of them there every Saturday.

Judy brings to market all kinds of produce grown at The Barn. Judy and her husband, George sell only what they grow from seed on their farm on Janiero Rd.

Bob of Old Cypress Farm sells pastured eggs with yolks so yellow, folks say they won’t go back to store-bought. 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. These get snapped up quickly on Saturday mornings, so getting there early is your best bet for getting a dozen.

Patrick and Jennifer Del Rio of Pamlico Bee Works sell pure, natural, local honey, “Liquid Gold from Pamlico County”, they call it. It comes from beehives kept without the use of chemical or antibiotic treatment and sold only in glass jars. They also sell 1 lb jars of “Chunk”, comb-in-the-jar honey.

Nahala Roasting Company roasts their coffee beans right in Grantsoboro and fresh from the roaster, Shawn brings them to the market most Saturdays. A variety of countries are represented, each with their unique taste. Nahala Roasting offers several specialty flavors and now are able to grind the beans on request He offers free samples.

Christine of Enchanted Garden Farm brings fresh produce to market as well as, eggs, jams and prepared foods.

John of Third Day Products raises plants in his greenhouse just outside of Oriental and brings them to market during much of the year. He also is a woodworker and has much of that — including his Silent Wind Chime — for sale.

Phyllis of Out Of The Kitchen always has a lotta biscotti. Cakes, too. All of it made from scratch, never a mix. Her biscotti come in dozens of flavors, such as peppermint bark, Key lime, pistachio, chocolate pecan, lemon, anise, almond, chocolate almond, banana, honey walnut, blueberry, orange express, ginger…. She brings doggie biscotti to the market, too. Phyllis comes to the Oriental Farmers’ Market after 15 years selling at farmers markets elsewhere.

Sandie of Academy Street Gardens has been our longest regular produce vendor, selling crops she raises without chemicals just a few blocks from the market. She also sells jellies — ask for the pepper variety — mustards and homemade bagels, muffins, pies.

Kip of Kip’s Kitchen bakes up an array of breads, biscotti and quiches.

Pat’s BeeBee’s Best Desserts brings all kinds of baked goods to the market. Breads. Cookies. Breakfast health bars. And from time to time, to wrap things up, festive bows.

Jennifer Del Rio sells garden sculptures, wind chimes and bird feeders she’s made from recycled and repurposed items. She also creates pendant jewelry from vintage silverware and all-occasion photo cards.

Wade and Amy of Mariners Cove offer an ever changing inventory of one of a kind nautical crafts and whimsy. You can find a wide variety of sail boat pillows at their booth at the market and special orders are always welcome to create a pillow to match a room, a swatch or a boat. They also have soaps, lotions and sprays in an array of scents made with essential and essence oils, and their own all-natural bug spray made with six essential oils.

Ben and Tonya of B&Ts Chocolatique make chocolate in a wide variety of styles. You can find them at the market fall through spring – just not in the chocolate-melting heat of summer.

Mel’s Blue Bottle Gardens Herbs, fresh and dried inclulding jars of bay leaves. Bunches of basil and mint in season. Roadtrip Garlic — numerous varieties of hardneck garlic grown here after being gathered on road trips. Produce – arugula, kales, leafy greens, fennel, eggplant and whatever cherry tomatoes volunteer in the yard. Cut flowers for your table. All grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals.

And if you want to give a friend a taste of the market but aren’t sure what to get, ask our vendors about a gift certificate.

Farmers' Market Hours

Winter Hours: Saturday's 9:00am - Noon

The Farmers' Market is on Hodges Street near the Harbor