OLDE BEAUFORT FARMERS' MARKET...WHERE YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND:
FRESH FRUITS, FRESH PRODUCE & MORE - LOCALLY GROWN BY LOCAL FARMERS
The Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market takes place
under the live oak trees, on the grounds of the
Historic Carteret County Courthouse in
Beaufort, North Carolina.
Every Saturday beginning April 18th
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Carteret County Historic Courthouse - 300 Courthouse Square Beaufort, North Carolina 28516
The public is invited to come to the Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market and enjoy the atmosphere and character of our open air farmers' market. Enjoy the shade of the Live Oaks and the smells and sounds and smiles of a good farmers' market.
We're easy to reach and there's ample free parking. We are within walking distance, just two blocks to Front Street and the waterfront docks along Taylor's Creek.
The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market was founded in 2013 by a small group of local Carteret County farmers,
with support from the Town of Beaufort and the Carteret County Board of Commissioners.
Their support has made this market possible, THANK YOU !
TIPS ON ATTENDING THE MARKET
Showing up at a farmers market in the late morning means bigger crowds and picked over produce. Beat the rush by going early and getting the best of the season. The best selection is available at the start of the market. If you want to get the best deals, go close to closing time.
Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and/or a wide brimmed hat. Bring water.
Bring Your Own Bag (B.Y.O.B)
Sure, that reusable canvas tote is good for the earth and you should bring it along for that reason. As a bonus, you're also being kind to the farmers by not cutting into their already slim profit margins. You're also being kind to yourself, because those plastic bags are no way to carry a baby watermelon and a dozen ears of corn in one hand.
Bring Small Bills
Most farmers' markets are cash-only operations and the Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market is no exception. Plus, most farmers do all their daily dealings from a little cash box. It helps a lot and improves your karma if you pay in the smallest bills you've got. Pay attention during your transaction.
A huge benefit of farmers' markets is your ability to look the farmer in the eye and ask anything you want about how the food was grown. That's a rare opportunity in our supermarket culture. Go for it. Ask about a food you don't recognize, how to cook it, and whether it's coming in or heading out of season. Find out what the farmer expects to bring to market next week so you can start to plan ahead. Learn all you can about the farmer's growing practices, and make sure you know who you're buying from.
Remember, it's not a Flea Market
Farmers markets are not flea markets, and haggling is generally not part of the etiquette. Sometimes very late in the day farmers will offer discounts, but it is generally best practice to respect the set prices. Farmers work harder than most of us can imagine, and their asking prices are more than fair.
Develop a Relationship with the Farmers
Get to know your farmers but don't hold them up with endless chatter if their booth is busy. Don't overly engage the farmers at a busy booth with questions and sample requests. If you want a lot of attention or time for chat, try coming earlier. Don't make others wait as you sample four different kinds of apple slices.
Try samples if they're obviously being offered and ask if they're not, but don't just start eating from the display.
Don't forget Meat and Dairy
Farmers markets are the best places to find sustainable farms with eco-friendly practices. Buy your eggs, fish, poultry, milk, cheese and meat products from local producers to reduce environmental impact. Bring a cooler with you, for perishable items such as eggs, meat, and delicate greens.
Respect the Farmers' Products
Don't over-handle the goods.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Bring recycled plastic bags to hold wet vegetables, reusable plastic containers to protect berries. Reducing market waste and buying locally produced goods go hand in hand! Help us keep the grounds clean by taking care of all unnecessary trash containers so we can leave the market site clean and in a condition suitable to the community.
Farmers' markets are for strolling. Open-air markets began as folksy alternatives to jam-packed supermarkets, a place where shoppers could stroll in the sunshine, meet neighbors and leisurely chat with farmers.
Explore! Try one new thing each time you go. One of the advantages of shopping at a farmers market is that you get the best of the season from local farmers, which is likely to be different from your normal grocery store purchases. There’s nothing wrong with buying foods you know you like, but try to be adventurous with new produce. You may be pleasantly surprised.