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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS… 

 

Can you believe it’s already September?!  It won’t be long before the days will start getting a little

cooler and the evenings will come a little sooner.  The crisp, clear blue skies filled with white puffy

clouds and the golden sun on the marsh grass make the change of the seasons from summer into fall

my favorite time of the year in Carteret County.  There’s a certain ambiance that settles over the market

this time of the year.  We’ve made it through the hot summer months filled with adventure, busyness,

and guests from everywhere and are moving into a quieter season of celebrating hometown, seasonal,

simple pleasures.  The market is a safe place for you to enjoy outdoor, local shopping at its best.  Our

local vendors will stock their booths every Saturday with abundant in-season veggies and other farm-

fresh products, local seafood, baked goods hinting of cinnamon spice, and artisans with handmade

treasures waiting to become the perfect gift for you or friends and family.  We all look forward to seeing

you under the oaks at the market and to you becoming a part of the market magic!

Two Very Important Folks!

As you can probably imagine, it takes a team of folks to make the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market

happen!  What you see on Saturday mornings on the courthouse grounds is simply the result of hours

of work by lots of people.  Two very important people on this team are Gus Stoehrer, our Saturday

Market Assistant, and Suzy Lewis, our Social Media Maven.  

 

Gus is the man!  He delivers the market trailer to the courthouse grounds every Friday afternoon, sets

up tents, handwashing stations, market flags, trash cans, sandwich boards, unloads the market

merchandise from the trailer, helps vendors with their setups, and is the market’s heavy lifter! 

He’s the best! 

 

Suzy’s job is never ending!  She works all week long to keep the OBFM Facebook and Instagram

pages updated with posts from vendors and she creates posts that inform our friends of everything

going on with the market.  She helps to design and create the market website and the new OBFM

newsletter, The Market Monthly.  She helps to deliver the market goals, mission, and messages

to folks with a genuine dedication to the success of the market, and she takes lots of photographs

that we use to publicize the market.  Her work is at the core of everything that promotes and informs

the public of the news, interests, activities, and events integral to the OBFM! 

She’s the woman!

Sea to Table Dinner is Cancelled

 

We’ve had to cancel our Sea to Table Dinner for this year, not because there’s no seafood, but because

this type of gathering is not permitted at this time. We always look forward to this special evening

celebration of delicious food, provided by the market’s farmers and fishermen, and served up with

loads of community fellowship at sunset on the Harborside Park deck. We hope to host both of our fine

dinners next year.

Our Joke of the Month!

Find the answer below!

Vendors in the Spotlight

 

 

The OBFM vendor family is composed of passionate farmers, foodies, and artisans.  They take pride in

their products and their small businesses which they bring to the courthouse grounds on Saturday

mornings.  This month we spotlight these vendors.

Kara Varner: Goodness Grace Us

Kara has been with the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s

Market since 2017. She works out of her home

in Morehead City, NC.

 

“ I took a living history class in Beaufort on

paper bead making in 2014. My imagination

went through the roof and Kara Creations which became Goodness Grace Us, (that’s another

story), was born.

 

I have adapted this old art form - from the

1800’s - as a creative outlet and expression of

my love for combining colors and textures. I

create one of a kind jewelry using paper beads

and paper components that I make. I also have

a fascination with textiles....ie., my rag baskets

and fabric twine jewelry. I am a work in progress, continuously evolving.

 

I am so proud of all the good and worthy things

the market does. I meet the nicest, most

interesting people from all over the world. I am honored, humbled and happy to be a part of the

Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market family and to be

doing what I love.”

Bert, Carl, and Justin:  

The Farm at Bogue

"We are a small family farm located in 
Bogue, NC serving up some of the finest 
fruits & veggies on the east coast.
We specialize in hydroponic greens & 
vine production and are constantly working 
to expand our line of offerings.


Our commitment is to provide you, our local 
community, with nutritious, responsibly grown 
produce you can feel good about eating & that 
makes you feel good long after its gone."

Lerzan Altan:  Embell

“After moving to Morehead City, my Mom and I wanted to do something different and

comfortable. The pants that my Mom sews are a differentiated version of harem pants. The characteristics of the pants are that their waist is made of round thin elastic which doesn’t cause discomfort because it easily conforms to the

waist of the wearer. Later, we expanded our

collection with beach dresses for people to wear

on top of their swimsuits or with jeans and tank

tops, made using Turkish towels.

 

Beyond apparel, I also make pictures using

pebble stones, sea glass, broken pieces of

pottery, etc. Most recently, I started making

greeting cards for many occasions using the

same pebble stones, sea glass, and buttons.

 

We love to be here at The Olde Beaufort

Farmers Market, among friends, under the giant

oak trees and with our customers who some of

them became friends. We’re grateful for their

support and friendship.“

Alexia Chianis: 

Sea Oats Candle Co:

 

"Inspired by the beauty of the NC coast and

fueled by the desire to build a business my kids

could take part in, I launched Sea Oats Candle Company in 2017. What a fantastic few years

we’ve had – and much of our success stems

from our participation in the Olde Beaufort

Farmers’ Market. Thank you for your support!

 

Our 100% soy candles (poured in 100%

recycled sea-glass-look tumblers) are the heart

and soul of our business, but we also offer

body/room sprays, lotions, soaps, and more. All

Sea Oats products are hand-crafted with the

highest quality ingredients and subtly scented to

enhance your space and body, not overwhelm

them with fragrance. Affordable yet luxurious,

we like to say they’re the next best thing to

a day at the beach!  I look forward to seeing you

soon “under the oaks.

Jasmine Davis: Paradise Produce

 

Jasmine Davis, a native of Carteret County,

began Paradise Produce in Atlantic with a

desire for the outdoors and a zeal for investing

in others. The name Paradise was birthed from awareness of immersion within present

moments, based upon a spiritual quote. Holding

a respect for Mother Earth, Jasmine practices responsible growing using sustainable methods

to ensure the pure, high vibrational energy of

each fruit and vegetable remains intact. She

takes great pride in being part of the OBFM

family and considers the market a valuable

asset to surrounding communities. In her opinion "supporting local, small businesses not

only pours into the passions of fellow neighbors

but allows the consumer a deeper, meaningful experience with each purchase. They truly are

taking home a piece of love.”

Chris Hunter:  Chatham Hill Winery

Chatham Hill Winery was established in 1999 as

the first winery in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel

Hill area. Its mission is to produce distinctive, handcrafted wines of high quality and purity

from grapes grown in North Carolina. Majority of Chatham Hill wines including Chardonnay,

Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and

Cabernet Franc are handcrafted from the best

quality grapes from growers in the Yadkin Valley

AVA.

 

"Our wines are produced using traditional

methods. We believe the combination of our

wine making skills and philosophy will yield a

premium wine, a goal to which we are

passionately committed."

 

Chatham Hill winery has been a proud

participant of the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market

for several years. We enjoy coming each week

and meeting all the wonderful people at the

market. So if you are coming out Saturday

morning under the majestic Oaks, please stop

by our tent to sample some of our fabulous

wines and say hello to Michelle and Chris. 

Recipe Sharing

Of course the market is full of vendors supplying fresh veggies, meats, and other homegrown products

that can be combined by novice cooks or accomplished chefs to create delicious dishes for those who

prefer to eat from our local food sources.  This food is grown sometimes hydroponically, sometimes organically, sometimes in raised beds or in long tractor-plowed rows, free range, and always cultivated

with lots of TLC.  Elizabeth Gould loves fresh tomatoes and uses them to make her scrumptious tomato

soup, complete with other unexpected veggies for a quick summertime meal.  She’s sharing her recipe

with you in hopes that you will enjoy it too.

A Quick Summer Tomato Soup

 This soup has the flavor of fresh summer tomatoes along with the char and depth of fire-roasted canned tomatoes.   Enjoy it hot or chilled.  

½ C   chopped onion

½ C   chopped red bell pepper

3        cloves garlic, minced

½ C    pesto sauce (store bought or make your own with fresh basil from the market)

2        14.5 oz cans no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

2 C     chopped fresh tomatoes

½ C    chopped cooked sweet potato

1        15 oz. can no-salt-added navy beans, rinsed and drained (1 ½ C)

2        ears fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed, kernels cut off cob  (1 cup)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. 

 

1.  In a large pot cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic, over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until tender,

stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.  Add

canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, and sweet potato.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer,

uncovered, 5 minutes. 

2.  Using an immersion blender, blend soup until it is mostly smooth with some chunks.  Stir in beans,

corn, and pesto sauce; heat through. Season with salt and pepper.  

Serve with hot crusty breadsticks and a green salad for a delicious, quick, and nutritious summer

meal! 35 min. / Makes 7 cups of soup

Market Volunteers

 

You know those smiling folks who man the Welcome Tent at the opening of the market every Saturday morning?  Well, they are our awesome volunteers!!!  This year, even in spite of covid-19, they have shown up to welcome locals and visitors alike, to distribute masks, to sell t-shirts, posters, and shopping bags, to answer questions, and to simply be available to help ensure the success of the market.  You may even see Bette and Adeline delivering our yard signs around Beaufort on Friday mornings!  Our volunteers’ time and work are crucial to the operation of the OBFM and we so appreciate them!  Many, many thanks to Elizabeth, Beth, Sarah, Mary Ann, Adeline, Inez, Bette, Heidi, and Peter from all of us.

The Book Wagon:  A great idea which has stood the test of time

 

The Book Wagon: A great idea which has stood the test of time.  

 

What better way to leisurely thumb through gently used books to find just the right fit than to come to the market where the Book Wagon will now be stationed.  Every Saturday morning from 9 til 1 you can browse thru the books, sit on the courthouse steps in the shade to read a while, or bag your choices as you traverse through the entire market.

 

For a little history, in 1961 a group of local women founded the Friends of the Carteret County Library. Their goal was to provide funding for special programs and purchases. The Friends’ group has helped purchase needed equipment and has supported activities such as--The Summer Reading Program, Let’s Talk About It, and The Storytelling Festival. 

 

Around 1990, the Friends lost their usage of the Old Beaufort Train Depot where they held their book sales; this is when the Book Wagon’s story begins.  David Pleace, a local engineer, proposed a design for the wagon which was quickly adopted.  He and Bill Hubbard built the wagon in their backyards.  The wagon is stocked and manned completely by volunteers who were organized for the first ten years by Nancy Wolfe.

 

Today the Book Wagon is more than just a place to purchase used books.  It is loved by locals and tourists alike, and it has become a symbol of Beaufort’s friendly and welcoming character. The Book Wagon is stocked with books for all ages on all subjects and the prices can’t be beat~ $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks.  We are now pleased to be a new part of the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market.  You’ll find us parked down near the Broad St. side of the courthouse each Saturday morning.  Come over and check us out, you might find just the book you have been wanting!

T-shirts For All

 

Don’t you need an Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market t-shirt??  We have nice t-shirts, 100% cotton, in

a whole rainbow of colors, all emblazoned with our groovy logo!   You can find these at the market in the Welcome Tent, on the left as you enter from the corner of Turner and Broad Sts., lined up and waiting

for you to snag one.  All sizes are available from XXX to S for men, ladies, unisex, and kids too!  You

can’t beat the price at $10 for round neck and $12 for v-neck.  Long sleeves will also be available, currently on a limited basis.  Purchase a shirt and wear it with pride, showing your support for our

sweet little community market.

Social Media Maven:  Bytes and Pixels

 

Greetings Everyone! The ultimate success of social media lies in those who participate and it thrills me that we have built a vibrant social media program. We have 5452 followers on Facebook and we are growing every day! Our posts have become a hub of information about our market culture, support for our small businesses and our community. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website. 

 

The website has been redesigned this season which features resources to help you access our vendors, The Friends of OBFM which are our wonderful sponsors, and other important announcements of current events. Currently on Fridays, we publish a series of posts listing vendors for the Saturday market, baker’s Bistro Board Menus, farmer’s produce in season, meat, protein providers and artisan products, so you can plan your shopping lists. We have expanded the visibility of OBFM to a tri-state area readership, folks planning a visit to OBFM as a destination for travel, regular weekly shopping at the market and support for our programs. Several national publications have noticed us through our online posts and this spring we were included in Southern Living's article on "Farmers Markets of the South". Upcoming in October, we have been selected to do an Instagram Takeover for Farmers Markets Coalition page to tell them all about us! 

 

A big thank you to all who participate in our social media! Together is a word that includes you, our community and your response has been phenomenal!  I look forward to your suggestions and seeing you at the market!

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