Our Mission

To educate, inform, and engage the public in making healthy lifestyle choices concerning fresh food, sustainable environmental and agricultural practices, improved personal health, wellness and happiness, and the value of shopping local, all accomplished in an informal learning setting which values interactions and shared relationships among members of the community.

OBFM 2021 Board of Directors

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The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market is fortunate to have a group of hard working, dedicated folks who represent the various vendor groups and the community in their leadership of the market.   Meet and greet them below.

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Cindy Bunch:

Marshallberg:

Executive Market Manager

"The market gives me an opportunity to give back to the community in a way that I believe enriches and improves our lives.  I am happy to be a part of the large group of folks who come together to make it happen!"

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Mike Dunn:

Beaufort: Treasurer

"The most fulfilling part of being a member of the OBFM leadership team is contributing to an environment where folks can pursue their passion, earn supplemental income, and in many cases turn their small business into a source of full-time income."

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Elizabeth Gould:

Beaufort: Secretary

"I love being a part of bringing the community together each week where they are able to buy unique gifts, local produce, eggs and meats.  The market atmosphere is amazing and is my happy place!"

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MaryAnn Tormey:

Pine Knoll Shores: Volunteer Coordinator

"I was searching for a positive and rewarding place to volunteer, and Elizabeth Gould recommended the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market. She was right!  Cindy Bunch spreads positivity, yet runs a very organized and well-planned market. I signed up to be the volunteer coordinator for the welcome tent and joined the board. I’m glad to be part of a great team."

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Tyler Chadwick: 

 MHC:  Farmer/Fisherman Vendor Rep/ Board President

"I truly enjoy being a part of the OBFM board and doing my part to help the market grow! The OBFM is more than a farmers market; it’s a way of life for our vendor family and our community.  I look forward to a fantastic 2021 season!"

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Sharon Harker:

Beaufort: Board Vice President

"The Olde Beaufort farmers market is a

community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, shop for fresh local food, or a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift. 

Happy, Healthy life!"

Emily Bankson:

MHC: Artisan Vendor Rep 

"I am an artist and a mom. The Beaufort farmers market means the world to me. It has become my 2nd family and a place for artists to showcase their talent.  I am honored to serve on the board representing the collective voice of the amazing artists at our Beaufort market."

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Elizabeth Kopf:

Beaufort: Foodie Representative

"Serving on the OBFM Board provides me with a real sense of community connection and pride.  Helping to cultivate a place for locals and visitors alike to connect while shopping for quality goods is such a gratifying experience.  What a privilege it is to serve on this Board!"

Who is the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market?

The OBFM, a 501c3 non-profit organization focusing on education, exists to enhance the quality of life in Carteret County by maintaining a thriving Saturday morning farmers’ market on the courthouse square, by providing a venue for local businesses and non-profit organizations to promote themselves, and by contributing to various local causes which align with our organization’s mission.

Our Saturday morning farmers’ market is composed of farmers, fishermen, bakers and other food producers, artists, and craftspeople. All vendors go through an application process and are vetted for the quality of their products which are homegrown, homemade, or handmade by local folks. The market is a place for shoppers to buy fresh locally grown food and unique artisan treasures in a friendly, personal atmosphere. A live local band or musician, along with a local food truck add to the weekly event.

The market also serves as a venue for other non-profit organizations to interact with market shoppers and to spread the word of their missions and their work. A large number of local organizations use the market for their community outreach and several different groups are present every weekend. Organizations can promote their events, distribute information, sell items, and accept donations.

The OBFM is supported by many local business sponsors who believe in the mission and the activity of our organization. These businesses partner with the market to help us with operational costs, dinners, and other activities and they join in the market to promote themselves to the public.

Finally, the OBFM is now contributing to the welfare of our community by supporting local causes which align with the market’s mission of education and engagement with the community. We have created a scholarship and internship program which awards funds to local graduating seniors from county high schools. We have also supported local children by donating tuition for them to attend the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club, and contributed to Hope Mission, among other causes.

The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market organization is managed by a Board of Directors and the Executive Market Manager.

 

 

Weekly market facts:

  • We produce a weekly rain or shine outdoor market located at 300 Courthouse Square in Beaufort on the courthouse grounds under the giant, old live oak trees. The venue is located in the center of town and is a short walk from downtown Beaufort. Abundant parking is also available around the courthouse area.

 

  • The market is open from the second weekend in April thru the 3rd weekend in November from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The market season ends with an Olde Fashioned Holiday Market in the evening in mid-December.

 

  • The market welcomes kid and friendly pets. Most markets include activities for children and families enjoy bringing their well-behaved dogs to the market also.

 

  • The market is usually filled with approximately 40 vendors, a food truck, live music and boasts something for everyone.

 

  • The market is managed by Cindy W. Bunch and Gus Stoehrer, the Saturday market assistant.

 

Find much more information about the organization, the Saturday market, and operating information on our website: oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org. The market manager can be contacted at oldebeaufortfarmersmarket@gmail.com or 252-564-8822.

 

Come enjoy this event market every Saturday morning at

“ the place where life slows down so neighbors can catch up.”