What started as one UNC graduate student’s project has now become a cornerstone event of the community. The Carrboro Farmers' Market will be celebrating their 40th season this weekend with over 75 local vendors and a mini-museum.
The market began as an endeavor called the North Carolina Agricultural Marketing Project as a platform for local farmers to share fresh produce with members of the community. Molly Vaughan, the market’s manager, said the market had 68 farmers and artisans in its first season.
Though the number of vendors hasn’t grown immensely, Vaughan said the market community has grown and changed in other ways. The market is now known for its special events which began in 1996 when Carrboro built a shelter for the event. Special events like tastings and the upcoming mini-museum take place in the gazebo.
Besides shopping for local produce, people can get involved with the mini-museum by sharing their stories. Vaughan said the mini-museum will include a timeline of the most significant events throughout the history of Carrboro Farmers' Market. A segment called “My Market Memories” will allow the community to document their own favorite moments at the market.
Vaughan said the staff has also changed since the market’s opening.