Farmers Market Finds hit the road again visiting Old River Farms in Burgaw, NC last weekend for their 4th Annual Spring Festival. This time we brought along our fabulous friend Kim for what was a phenomenal day! The Lanier family owns and operates this small farm in the sleepy village of Burgaw, NC. They take great pride in hosting their annual Spring festival, providing a fun atmosphere for the entire community. This year was the biggest event yet, with over 40 talented vendors selling handmade/homemade and re-purposed items. Woodworking, metal art, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more were showcased in the open fields. Bounce houses and games for the kids, plus live music from Groove Fettish added to the festivities! We ran right over to rock out with who we thought were the actual Allman Brothers band and these guys were great! Mix all that with the beautiful weather and we were excited for a great day.
We had a blast checking out the farm animals and then we met Charlie, the Picasso of parrots. Charlie actually paints his own masterpieces! Proceeds from his artwork go to the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary in Wilmington NC. The sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and cares for parrots who are unwanted, abused, neglected, or whose owners can no longer care for them. Charlie sat on his perch all morning with pride in his talents and loved when people came to his booth to see his art work.
Next up we met the lovely Erica from Audrina Grace Designs. Her custom art and jewelry was beautiful and unique. My friend Kim and I immediately were drawn to her unique Luger Bullet Shell Casing earrings and quickly purchased our birthstone colors! Erica is also a talented artist and photographer, so be sure to check out all of her work online.
Next stop… candles! Turtle Bubbles Candles, make 100% soy candles in a variety of different scents. The watermelon was my favorite, especially because I am craving summer!
Kim’s husband Tom raises chickens so when we came across STA Thimble Works, a small family farm operated by Montanna Coombs and her husband it was a perfect spot for Kim to get some goodies to bring home to her husband. They also have beautiful farmers market inspired home decor and t-shirts which we loved.
We then met John, a woodworker from Various & Sundry Woodworks, Maple Hill NC. John creates these beautiful 3 dimensional scenes that are so intricately crafted. He can personalize them and turn them into night lights too. Just looking at them it is clear that John is a very patient person, taking time to create such detailed designs.
Another fun artisan that can light up a room was Linda from All Occasion Puzzle Lights. The light pieces come in many sizes and colors. You get to be the artist by picking your own colors and design. This is a must for every teenagers bedroom and makes a great gift for your high school graduates heading to college. Pick their school colors and you’ll be on your way to getting their dorm room decorated!
Next stop was Tamara Bass from Bass Clay Works. Her pottery was stunning and she is doing what she loves; having fun making functional and affordable pottery. New to pottery and only one year in business, we were super impressed with her talent! Some people are just born with the gift!
We had a wonderful day visiting all the friendly vendors and enjoying some treats from the food trucks. We made one final stop to look through all the beautiful flowers that were being sold. The selection was fantastic! We loaded up with tomato plants, cucumbers, peppers and even a beautiful fern for my front porch.
A visit to this farm was just what I needed to start feeling the season! Thank you to the Lanier family for all your hard work and dedication to the community. We are looking forward to coming to many more of your events.