The Carrboro Farmers' Market celebrated the 24th annual National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 6 through 12.
The week of celebration was started by the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to helping communities by strengthening farmers markets.
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market — which is held on the Carrboro Town Commons — was spearheaded in 1977 by a graduate student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. It was originally called the North Carolina Agricultural Marketing Project. Now, the market is hosted every Saturday morning year-round, and every Wednesday afternoon from April to November.
“It is such an important part of the community,” Jenna Monk, owner and operator of Monk’s Produce and Provisions, said. “It's a really great place to get, obviously, fresh fruit, and also meet your local farmer and get to know people who are making the things that we consume and learn how they're making it."
On Aug. 9 and 12, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market presented a “mini museum” of the market’s history in the gazebo. Local musicians performed at the celebration, and Carrboro’s WCOM 103.5 FM radio station broadcasted the event live.
“I love the farmers market, I love this place,” Ann Marie Thornton, an owner of James Creek Orchards, said. “I think it's a great time to kind of honor that, and just celebrate being part of a local community, growing and eating together.”
Vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market sell not only fresh produce but also goods like cheese, soap, pottery and furniture.
“A lot of the same people that care about where their food comes from care about putting that food on handmade things that are unique,” Joe Sink, the owner of Joe Sink Pottery, said. “They cost a little bit more, but they know where it's made.”
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market requires that all vendors live within 50 miles of the market. According to the market's website, the average distance is 25 miles.