What a cold way to start the new year! But, it can be a new beginning in a journey to eat healthy foods and substitute fresh green fruits and vegetables in place of all those holiday foods! Fresh kale, collards, micro greens, lettuces, Swiss chard, mustard greens, sweet potatoes are just a small part of what is offered each Thursday at the farmers market on Morganton Road from 9-1. Bundle up to keep warm. Vendors will get you in and out in a jiffy to keep you from getting too cold. (Hand and feet warmers help, too!)
Week of March 17th
Save the dates!!! Spring is in the air and it won’t be long before all three MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS are open. FIRSTHEALTH will open on APRIL 15thand the DOWNTOWN SOUTHERN PINES market will open on APRIL 20th. The year round market next to the Armory has been in full swing all through the winter and has many offerings for fresh and local food. Pictures of available produce are featured in the gallery. In spite of many cold and rainy Thursdays, vendors and customers have braved the cold. Look for local honey, jams, jellies, winter greens, meats (chicken, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and ostrich), eggs, goat cheese spreads, delicious and freshly baked breads and desserts, as well as plants (flowering and vegetable).
Save the date! Saturday, July 13, Chef Sueson Vess will be at the downtown Southern Pines Farmers Market from 9:30-11:30 to showcase how to use ostrich meat in fajitas with peach salsa! Add a “farmers market veggie salad” and you will have quite a variety of complimentary samples to tempt your palate for more! Don’t miss out on the delicious summer fruits and vegetables that are now plentiful at the all the MCFM locations. Field tomatoes are now in with several choices for heirlooms. Meat (Angus grass-fed beef, farm fresh chicken, rabbit, pastured pork, and ostrich) eggs, and local honey as well as goat cheese products are always available. We have prepared foods, delicious freshly made breads, and an assortment of “one of a kind” handmade goods. Join us this week at each market to get local and fresh goodness…all within 50 miles.
The peak season is here for our peaches, watermelons, cantaloupes, and blueberries. Summer vegetables are also at their peak with okra being added to the list. Enjoy these specialties while they are at optimum flavor. Also at the market are a variety of meats (Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, rabbit, chicken, and ostrich), prepared foods, delicious breads and desserts, condiments such as jams and jellies, pickles and more. New to the market is shaved ice flovors as well a gourmet popcorn! Stop by to get a special flavor to enjoy while you shop or take home several bags of popcorn! Specialty soaps, handmade crafts such a one of a kind jewelry and pottery are available on Saturday. Potted plants and cut flowers add beauty to any décor inside or outside your home. Join us each Monday (FirstHealth-Pinehurst), Thursday (next to the Armory-Southern Pines), and Saturday (downtown Southern Pines park). We look forward to Cousin Amy’s Band playing this Saturday from 10-noon while you shop!
August is a great month for getting the last of the summer produce. Enjoy every bit while you can! Okra is abundant at the market now and the corn will last for a few more weeks. Mouth- watering cantaloupes, watermelons, peaches, and field grown tomatoes are also plentiful. Local honey and soaps, goat cheese products, and delicious freshly baked breads and desserts are year-round staples as well as healthy meats (Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free range chicken, rabbit and the other red met, ostrich). Prepared foods (salsas, soups, dips, jams, jellies, and pickles) are at the markets each week. Cut flowers and plants for decorating or for your garden are available through fall. Our newest vendors offer shaved ice drinks in various flavors and a variety of gourmet popcorn. Handmade pottery and jewelry can be found each week on Saturday. Join us this Saturday as Tim Wilson sings while you shop at the market! We always look forward to seeing you there! (Monday 2-5:30, Thursday 9-1, and Saturday 8-12) Our market card is always available on the gallery page of the website with times, locations, and dates oron the newly created app “Visit NC Farms”. Choose Farmers Markets and search “Moore County Farmers Market”.
Save the date for a special treat on Saturday, August 17th, when Mamma Molasses (our own local Ella Patrick) will be at the market to provide music for us while we shop! This is her first time singing at the market and if you haven’t heard her, you are in for a real treat! She will be performing from 10-12 in the downtown park in Southern Pines on the corner of NY & Broad. Get the last of the summer produce and fruit while it lasts. Even though most of the produce is still available, the summer heat will hasten the end of extended crops. Healthy meats, eggs, goat cheese spreads, local honey, delicious breads and desserts, and prepared foods are available year round. Local craftsmen have pottery, handmade soaps, specialty jewelry and one-of-a-kind appeal. Gourmet popcorn and shaved ice drinks have been added for you to enjoy at the market. Plants and cut flowers are also available for your gardens and decorations.
Save the date, August 31st! Another first time musical group (The Shoppe Girls) will be playing at the downtown Southern Pines Market on Saturday morning. Our own Rae Ann Kinney, Crystal Eads-Brown, Stephan Lapping, and special guests, Choo Choo Charlie and Steve Grote are the make up of the band. Enjoy your shopping for local produce at the market. Summer produce is still available (get those tomatoes while you can) along with greens and lettuces and some winter squash is appearing. Enjoy peaches as long as they last. Grapes and figs are now available. Healthy meats, eggs, goat cheese spreads, local honey, and many varieties of jams, jellies, and pickles are at most markets. We have a collection envelope for donations for the Backpack Pal program. Please see Sara Webster at Millstone Farm to contribute to this worthy cause. School is starting back and any monetary amount is welcomed to help fill those bags.
Janice Roberts will be at the market Saturday, September 14th, for a food demo using fresh veggies for a stir-fry. She will be at the market from 9:30 -11:30. Be sure to stop by for your free sample. Farmers at the market dodged a bullet with the last storm and have plenty of fresh vegetables for the market. New crops of squash, beans, lettuce, and winter greens are in along with winter squash, kale, and mustard greens. Egg plants, peppers, onions, and grapes are plentiful now along with local honey, goat cheese spreads, and pickles, jams, and jellies. Stock up on healthy meats for your meals (Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, ostrich, chicken, and rabbit). Fall plants for your garden are ready along with new plants of fall sunflower varieties. Join us each Monday, Thursday, and Saturday for local and fresh choices!
Many thanks to Cooperative Extension Service’s Deborah McGriffin and Master Gardner Lisa Laidlaw for providing the most delicious treats at our market on Saturday. The stir-fry vegetables are so easy to replicate with small strips of green beans, squash, onions, peppers, eggplant and olive oil with a little salt and pepper. Quick and easy and so very good and healthy! Thanks to the Whiskey Pines duo, Tim and Mary, for a day of beautiful music. Peas, okra, beans, squash, kale, mustard greens, micro greens, grapes, along with tomatoes, eggs, local honey and soap, goat cheese products, healthy meats, and pickles, jams and jellies are available. Healthy meats, prepared food, and delicious breads and desserts add to the array of goodies. Mums, vegetable plants for a fall garden, and a fall variety of long stem sunflowers add to the beauty at the market. Join us each week on Monday, Thursday, and/or Saturday. View the gallery for the market card with dates, times, and locations. We look forward to seeing you each day!