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We thank all who are interested in being a part of our Olde-Fashioned Holiday Market.  At this time all the vendor spaces for this market are filled.  There is no room for more vendors.  We are sorry if you missed out and encourage you to join our vendor family in March 2024 when applications open for our

new season next year.

We are Happy to Announce the 2023

Olde Fashioned Holiday Market

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The most Magical Shopping Night of the Year!

On the evening of Saturday, December 16th from 4 – 8 PM the Carteret County courthouse grounds will be festively lit and alive with the excitement and joy of the season!  95+ local vendors will be present offering whatever your heart desires.  There will be farmers with fresh, cool weather veggies, pasture-raised meat, honey, eggs, and other farm products; fishermen with fresh, local seafood; cooks with delicious pastries, breads, cookies, candy, and ready-to-eat food; and artisans with well-made, unique art and craft work for the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family.  The night will include live music, hot seasonal beverages, and Santa in his golf cart sleigh!

This market, a crowd favorite across the state, is a must-do event for anyone wishing to experience the beauty and magic of the season in our beautiful small town. We all warmly thank you for your support all year long and for your belief in shopping local.

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We were delighted to see you on Shop Small Saturday From Our Hands to Yours on

Saturday, November 25th.

It was a bit blustry, but the cool temps got us in the mood to deck the halls,

hang the holly and ivy and get the holidays on the way! 

A very sincere word of thanks to all of our shoppers who came to the market and supported our small businesses by buying local.  It means that we in turn buy local with our community too.

We look forward to having you join us for the Olde Fashioned Holiday Market on December 16th, 4-8pm, here under these majestic oaks which will be filled of the magic of the holidays.

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Remembering Libby Steadham


On Sunday morning, August 20th, with her loving husband, Steve, by her side, Libby Steadham, a vendor with our market passed away after a fight with cancer which she never gave up.

Libby and her husband lived in the home that she designed on a large property on Core Sound in Gloucester, along with the abundant wildlife of the beautiful downeast area. She especially loved watching the foxes that lived there too, and in fact named her farm, Fox Haven Farm in their honor.

This spot was her dream; she was living the good life: gardening, writing, painting, beekeeping, cooking, and spreading smiles and kindness to everyone who crossed her path. She sold her cookbook, “Seasonal Cooking from the Garden in Coastal North Carolina” at the market along with her hand sewn hearts and hand painted notecards, honey, blueberries, and other products from her creative talents and from her deep connection with plants and animals that made their home with her and Steve.

She lived a very intentional and spiritual life, making choices to care for the earth, for people, for animals, and for plants with gentleness, with genuine caring, and with deep heartfelt joy and kindness. Her conversations with shoppers and vendors at the market left them with a sense that there is goodness in the world, and that she was a humble purveyor of that goodness.

Libby’s transition has left all who knew her with much sadness, but she leaves her shining example of a life well-lived to which we can all aspire and a community blessed by her presence in it. In her words, “Live well, dear ones, there is goodness galore!”

Condolences may be sent to Steve Steadham, 404 Pigott Rd, Gloucester, NC 28528

With heartfelt love,

Cindy W. Bunch, Executive Market Manager

Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market

Mike Dunn Memorial Scholarship

Do The Right Thing

This invitation extends to rising seniors who plan to go to a

University, Junior College, or Technical School to further their education.

This scholarship is for $2,500 meant to cover costs of education toward a degree program.

Applicants will apply for the scholarship, meet the requirements of the application in academics, extracurricular, community activies and in addition, work with the market as an intern on Saturday mornings helping with market operations on many levels, assisting vendors, helping the volunteer team in the Welcome tent, special events and other needs as identified by the market manager. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and work in an entrepreneurial environment

surrounded by local community and shoppers.

As the example of Eirene Hynes above, our previous scholarship

recipients have achieved much in their chosen academic endeavors and started fruitful careers.

If interested in applying for the Mike Dunn Memorial Scholarship, send an email to

Donations for the Mike Dunn Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by credit/debit card here:

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Payments by credit/debit card can be made on the last page of the Pay Pal shopping cart checkout process.  Use the Pay Pal Guest Payment Checkout Option for Credit or Debit Card.

You can donate here to this scholarship fund to honor him and a deserving high school senior.  His passion for helping students will live on through this initiative.  Thank you

Checks must be made payable to Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market, add "Mike Dunn Scholarship"  in the memo line. Mail to:


PO Box 1028

Beaufort, NC 28516 

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We look forward to serving the needs of our community with fresh locally grown food and quality handmade products. Thanks for your support!

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