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This is the very first newsletter the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market has ever published and

being a fan of the OBFM, you are one of the first to receive it!   The market has been in

operation since 2013 and has grown and evolved over time to become a hub of activity and

resources every Saturday morning for locals and visitors alike.  Awareness of the value of

shopping local and in so doing supporting small businesses owned by local citizens, has

grown. Thanks to our community, even at this challenging time, the market is thriving, and

there is so much good news to share; we just couldn’t keep it all to ourselves! Hence, the idea of

a newsletter was born.
We plan to use this monthly publication to keep you informed of stories large and small,

things that might be of interest to you as a market fan.  We expect to celebrate our market

community which includes you:  vendors, volunteers, Friends of the OBFM, shoppers,

community leaders, and other interested folks. We'd be happy to hear from you with

suggestions, ideas, or even an article of your own. Just send them to me at

We also expect to enjoy every minute of sharing with you, keeping you informed of market

news!  We encourage you to visit our FB page and our website: for daily and up-to-date posts and photos for a taste of market

Thank you for being a part of the OBFM family!

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Message from the Mayor

"I always look forward to my weekly trips to the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market.

In the midst of challenges that include storms, pandemics, and toxic politics, the farmers market

is a safe haven where we can enjoy each other’s company and the extraordinary farm produce,

seafood, artisan goods, and music. The market has rapidly become part of the fabric of our

Beaufort community where we can thrive together, laugh together, and occasionally cry

together. Under the beautiful live oak trees, the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market Board,

vendors, and visitors share a common bond of striving for a healthy, prosperous, creative,

and fun culture in Beaufort and Carteret County. What a great community!"


Congratulations Garrett !

At the market on June 27th, we held a very special ceremony for Garrett Cawman, a

graduating senior at East Carteret High School, who was presented a scholarship which he

earned through his participation in the OBFM Intern/Scholarship Program. 
This program is in its third year of existence and rewards graduating seniors from the county

high schools with scholarships based on volunteer service of at least 30 hours at the market

on Saturday mornings.  Funds for this program have been raised through the OBFM’s annual

Farm to Table and Sea to Table Dinners.

Garrett, the son of Heidi, a market volunteer, and Doug Cawman, performed far beyond

expectations during his tenure.  He took personal initiative to help out in any way possible with

market operations and he became a well-loved and appreciated part of the market family.
The OBFM hopes that the $3,000 scholarship which we awarded Garrett will help him with

college costs, encourage him to reach for his dreams, and to fondly remember the time he spent

at the market on the courthouse grounds on Saturday mornings.
Congratulations Garrett and best wishes from the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market!

Safe Market

Little did any of us know what 2020 had in store for us personally or for the market. In

response to the emerging pandemic and in collaboration with Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton,

we decided to open the market on May 2nd after a couple of prior Saturdays of using the

courthouse grounds as a pickup spot for preordered products.

After studying safe operation procedures being used by other markets and being guided by

the NC Dept. of Agriculture which is in charge of all the state farmers markets, we put

together a plan which we felt would keep our vendors and our shoppers safe. This plan now

includes wide spacing of vendor tents and placing farmers and foodies on the main market

drive for easy access for shoppers looking to shop and go. Artisans occupy the grassy areas

on the grounds. From the beginning the market has strongly encouraged shoppers to wear

masks, even though shopping in an outdoor venue such as ours is very safe. The market has

even provided masks to those who need them. We have multiple handwashing stations

equipped with soap and paper towels for folks to frequently use and we are encouraging

social distancing in all areas of the market. Vendors have also created ways to handle cash

and credit cards safely

With August upon us, we have settled into an operating plan which is keeping everyone as safe.

We are so happy to be able to continue to provide homegrown, homemade, and handmade

goods from local farmers, foodies, and artisans. These include fresh veggies, meats, other

farm products such as honey and eggs, along with delicious homemade food including fresh

breads, ready-to-eat dishes, scrumptious desserts and other great things to eat. We also have

beautiful, whimsical, quality, amazing creations from artists and craftspeople.

Ultimately the OBFM aims to provide a safe environment for our community folks who value

shopping local, eating well, and supporting small businesses to purchase healthy food and

other products from local citizens. We are all in this together.

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Masks for Everyone

We began our mask making program back when the market opened this year and had no

idea how it would grow! Early in the season a team of market volunteers, including Lynn

Poray, Terri Thomas, Janice Cheek, and Daria Waples, came forward to make masks for us

to distribute to folks coming into the market without one. We also had an idea that the

donations folks wanted to give for the masks could be passed on to local food banks to help

feed hungry folks in the county and to help support the market too.

At this point the OBFM has contributed a little over $2,500 to food pantries, including Loaves

& Fishes, The Storehouse Food Bank, Hope Mission, ACTS Food Pantry, North River Food

Pantry, and the Lighthouse Church Community Food Pantry. Donations on a bimonthly

basis are also helping to purchase paper towels, soap, and hand sanitizer along with other items

necessary for market operation. We are amazed at how this idea has grown into a program

that is helping so many!

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Food Donations

Carteret County now has its own local food council which has a Food Waste and Recovery

Program. The goal of this program is to address food insecurity in our county by locating

excess produce and food to redistribute to local food pantries. Farmers and foodies in the

market are helping out by donating any food they have not sold at each market. JW Merrell

Farm, Crystal Coast Desserts, Turner St. Market, and the Farm at Bogue have all contributed

quality, delicious food that is delivered to local food banks after the market each Saturday. We

are very happy to be a part of this effort by the Carteret County Food Council.

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"Tic Tac Tomatoes"


"Reclaim, Recycle, Rejoice"


"Garlicky Geometry"

Have Your Pick

Every year since 2017 the market has offered a collectible poster, designed and created by

Cindy Bunch, Market Manager.  "The idea came to mind because our market is so full of

lovely sights around the courthouse grounds on Saturday mornings that need to be captured

for folks to enjoy!  Working from a photo, fooling around with it on the computer, and designing

an information block below that works with the vibe of the photo is so fun and challenging."  

Well, this year, the choice of one poster was impossible to make, even after an informal FB

poll asking for viewers’ favorite, so we decided to produce all 3 posters for sale!  That way

shoppers can pick the one they love the most, or maybe two, or maybe all three if they also

can’t decide!  The posters can be purchased without a frame for $10 each or with a nice plain

white frame for $25.  Come make your choice and take home a little piece of the market.

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New Board Member

We are happy to announce that Liz Kopf,

owner of Backstreet Pub and Turner St.

Market, has joined our Board of Directors!  

She says:  "I have always loved the OBFM!  

Being a participant at the Market with my

business has only enhanced that love!  

I am so excited to serve on the Board and to

encourage others to support the OBFM -

which I believe to be such a wonderful

resource for our community.  It provides

nourishment for both the body and the

soul.  What better than coming to shop

for quality food and crafts while connecting

with your friends and neighbors in such a

beautiful setting?  I am truly honored to

serve on the Board! " 

Liz, we are so happy to have you onboard!

Vendors in the Spotlight

The OBFM is fortunate to have many devoted farmers, foodies, and artisans in its vendor

family! Each month we plan to highlight several vendors just so you can get to know them a

little better. Knowing the vendor behind the products is one of the wonderful advantages of

shopping local!

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Joe Merrell:  JW Merrell Farm


"We are the oldest active century farmer in Carteret County. This is the 59th year my father, Johnnie, has been farming full time. I have been working, on the farm since I was a little kid. We specialize in collards but have a diverse line of crops we grow. We take pride in growing fresh vegetables for our many retail and restaurant customers. We also enjoy seeing our farmers’ market family every Saturday. We now offer home deliveries to the Beaufort area. Check us out at:


Janet Piper:  Beaufort Apothecary


"To be able to formulate, make and sell my

own plant based products that are people

and earth friendly is a dream come true. To

be able to sell these products, along with

such a group of talented artisans, bakers

and farmers, at the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market makes the hard work more than worthwhile. The support of our community

and customers, both local and not so local,

has been incredible. I hope to be a part of

this loving, welcoming community for many years to come."

Beaufort Apothecary:

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Lou Ann Sekely:  Alpacas of the Crystal Coast


Established in 2004 by Lou Ann and Dave Sekely; based in Ocean, NC.

Our herd started with 3 pregnant females

and 3 crias.  We have since grown to our present size of 10 males and 10 females.  

"We made a decision early on to focus on

the fiber side of the alpaca business.  We began branching out, exploring markets

and expanding our reach.  We have established our presence at the Old

Beaufort Farmers Market.  We can also be found at the New Bern Farmers Market and various local craft shows throughout the


Our best advertisers are our customers. Customers are amazed at the warmth, and softness of alpaca.  We sell a range of

products from socks, gloves and scarves to alpaca dryer balls  and manure.  The

amazing, luxurious, affordable and locally raised alpaca products are available at

your local Farmers Market's.  Find us under

the live oaks at the Beaufort Court Farmers market.  We can also be reached by phone or website: or 252-503-8948"

Barbara & Steve Gilchrist:

Green Truck Coffee


For the past ten years, Green Truck Coffee

of Swansboro has been committed to

providing fresh roasted coffee on a weekly basis to residents of and visitors to Coastal North Carolina.  "We started roasting to

provide our own fresh coffee for our

espresso machine and ended up with a

serious husband and wife team business.  

We ship our coffee all over the US as well

as various countries.  We are proud to

supply on a weekly basis fresh roasted

coffee to Bake, Bottle and Brew in

Swansboro, and the Beaufort Farmers’

Market under the stately old live oak trees where we provide hot and cold drinks as

well, some made with our cold brewed

coffee and where we get to meet many interesting and friendly people who are

other vendors and customers.  We still

roast to order in small batches in our back

yard and continue to enjoy the smiles of

folks who appreciate a great cup of fresh roasted coffee either cold or hot!"

Green Truck Coffee: 

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My Market Meal  #mymarketmeal


Have you noticed that we have a fun new social media
activity lately?  It’s called #mymarketmeal.  
Here’s how it works:  When you shop at the market, snap a picture of all those 
great purchases.  Then when you make your meal snap another picture of the dish.

Share them on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #mymarketmeal. Like the

market Facebook page and tag us with @oldebeaufortfarmersmarket 
in your post.  We’ll share your creations on our Facebook page to show off your skills!  Be

sure to look for our reminder posts with the #mymarketmeal graphic and let’s have some fun 
sharing culinary ideas!

This month’s feature is: “Blackened Shrimp Tacos with fresh 
Pico De Gallo and Chipotle Lime Aioli”
submitted by Rachel Wert. This is quick and easy summer cooking and it looks so

tasty! This includes local fresh shrimp, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, onions and microgreens.

We look forward to seeing your posts! 


Many thanks to Suzy Lewis, OBFM Social Media Maven, for her work creating and publishing

our newsletter!

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