A few weeks ago we highlighted one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the country; today Farmers Market Finds get to shine the spotlight on an up and coming market – the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market. This market is located in coastal Beaufort, NC and is rekindling the love of local foods, crafts, and community that lived in this same small town in the 1800’s. In fact, the farmers market has a vintage poster celebrating the Beaufort market dating back to 1864! Today’s market is celebrating its third season and continues to grow every year.
Located just 3 blocks from the waterfront and docks, the market has something for everyone. Locals come to get fresh and organic produce, meat and fish, tourists come for a treasured keepsake to take home, and boaters cruising the intracoastal waterway stop to replenish their supplies. Combine this with an active events calendar including live music, treasure hunts and face paintings for the kids, and guest chefs teaching new methods of cooking, make the market a lively and vibrant Saturday morning hub.
The market is located under the Live Oak Trees in front of the historic Carteret County Courthouse. The lush trees provide a beautiful shaded semi-circle for shoppers to a leisurely enjoy the wide variety of vendors that attend each week. Known as “A place where life slows down and neighbors can catch up” the market is bringing the community together in ways they haven’t seen in years.
With a host of food vendors, the market is a fantastic place to go for Saturday morning breakfast. Stop by Wildflour Bakery for some fresh-baked sourdough bread. Then go see local roaster and tea mixologist Earth Roots for a delicious cup of joe, and finally feed your sweet tooth at Alex and Brett’s Bakery.
After your satisfied your taste buds and picked up fresh food and produce for the week, make sure to see the market’s unique artisans. See more of the beautiful photography (featured above) from Frances Marian Photography (aka Suzy Lewis), the whimsical designs of The Painted Gourd Patch or the beautiful pots and planters from Dawn’s Decor. One of the most unusual vendors at the market is Pete Miller’s Water and Wildlife Studio. Pete has perfected the art of preserving blue crabs and other water and wildlife. His freeze-dried method of preserving these delicate creatures has led Pete’s work to be included in over 150 museums and environmental centers across the county. Stop by his booth to see the original, authentic blue crab lamp and other blue crab arts and crafts.
Whether you are lucky enough to be a local or find yourself on the North Carolina Coast – whether you are visiting Beaufort, vacationing in the beautiful Emerald Isle/Atlantic Beach area, cruising up the inland waterway or visiting family at Camp Lejune, give yourself a treat by spending Saturday morning at the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market.
Olde Beaufort Farmers Market
Carteret County Historic Courthouse
300 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516
Saturday 8:30 am – 1 pm (April – November)