Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and inform the public about making healthy lifestyle choices concerning food, sustainable agriculture, personal health, and sound environmental practices in an informal learning setting which values interactions and shared relationships among members of the community.

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 third weekend in April thru the 3rd weekend in November from 8:30 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.”

Meet Our 2018 Board of Directors

Cindy Bunch

Carteret County Resident 29 years

Proud mother and retired art teacher

Market Manager for the OBFM

"The OBFM has become my passion. 

I love working with the vendors and the

community to help create this market gathering that celebrates fresh, local food and quality, local art and crafts. The market has something for everyone!”

Tyler Chadwick

     

Carteret County native

Third generation commercial fisherman

Owner of Chadwick’s Seafood

Fisherman/ Farmer Vendor Representative and Vice Chair of

the OBFM Board of Directors

“The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market is a place where I can sell

the freshest, locally caught fish, shrimp, crabs and other products

to our community that is looking for quality seafood.  The market not only provides income for my family, but also for the families

of all the other vendors who make up our group.  I am thankful

for the customers who come weekly to the market to support us

all and am happy to be a part of this organization.”   

Mike Dunn

 

Retired Business Executive

Co-Founder NC Coastal Life

Community Representative and Treasurer of the OBFM Board

of Directors

 

“I envision a diverse market that anchors our community

and creates local jobs.”

Cathy White

Carteret Co. resident for 43 years

One half of Wildflower Bakery

Food Vendor Representative and Secretary of the OBFM

Board of Directors

 

“I have been part of this beautiful market family for four

years…we've made so many wonderful friends, vendors and

patrons alike! “

Dot Crumley

 

Manager of First Citizens Bank in Beaufort; worked for the

Bank for 29 years

Community Representative on the OBFM Board of Directors

 

“My husband Peter and I have lived in Beaufort for 5 years

now and love our Beaufort community. For us the OBFM is a

time to visit with our neighbors and friends after a busy week. The market seems to bring our Beaufort community together, besides offering the most healthy and delicious veggies, food and baked goods along with wonderful local art work. The OBFM is what Beaufort is all about!

Emily Bankson

Mother and artist

Artisan Representative on the OBFM Board of Directors

“The Olde Beaufort Farmers Market, is my family! It is a

magical place where friends are found and wonderful, new experiences are made. The market offers the opportunity of discovering new ways to eat and live for the whole the whole

family.  It gave me a beginning for my art career and continues to help me grow.

Sharon Harker

Beaufort resident for 35 years

Commissioner for the Town of Beaufort

Community Representative on OBFM Board of Directors

and proud supporter of the Ban the Bag campaign.

“OBFM serves not only as a way for people to purchase locally grown produce but also as a chance for them to connect with

others within the community. Purchasing local goods is an experience that promotes a sense of place.  Visiting OBFM is

good for the Heart and Soul!  I would like everyone to feel this joy.”

Norma Tillett

Beaufort has been Norma’s "home port" for over 20 years.

Community Representative on the OBFM Board of Directors

 

“Now, happily settled in on land for the long haul, I so enjoy gardening, community activism, and volunteer work, 

especially my work with the OBFM.  Our market is a

beautiful thing!”

Experience
FRESH -LOCAL- FLAVOR

Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market Carteret County Historic Court House

300 Courthouse Square - Beaufort, NC 28516

2019 Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market