Peregrine Farm owner Alex Hitt began the process of packing up his truck at the Carrboro Farmers' Market as the last few customers of the day strolled through the rows of produce stands. He smiled as he saw a familiar face in the crowd.
“Did you get my email about the blueberries?” Chapel Hill resident Debbie Mullins asked as she walked up to the stand.
Hitt nodded, pulling out a cardboard crate with several cartons of blueberries that had been hidden away.
“You got the last ones of the whole year,” he told his long-time customer.
Mullins, who has been going to the market almost every Saturday since she moved to the area six years ago, said she was introduced to Hitt by her niece and has been shopping at his stand ever since.
“It’s the next best thing to having your own garden,” she said.
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrated its 40th birthday on Saturday, June 1, with cake, trivia and prizes.
The market, which held its opening day on June 2, 1979, is held at Carrboro Town Commons on Saturday mornings year-round and offers a diverse selection of produce, meat, baked goods, flowers and pottery. The market also opens on Wednesday evenings from April through October.
While the Carrboro Farmers Market is now nationally recognized and used as a model for other markets, it started as a series of small, informal markets in the Chapel Hill area without a permanent home.