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Best Farmer’s Markets in North Carolina

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There are so many reasons to shop at a farmers market. From the seasonal array of farm fresh fruits and veggies to supporting your hometown economy and socializing with local folk, there has never been a better time to see what your area farmers' market has to offer. Clear your Saturday calendar, grab your reusable tote, and head to a North Carolina outdoor food oasis. 


With an average of 9,000 cars passing through each day, the Bladenboro Farmers Market is open Monday through Saturday 7am until 6pm depending on the harvest and the season. Located in the southeastern part of the state, this farmers market serves not only as a place to find the freshest local fruits and vegetables but also as a social gathering for residents. The market tries to accommodate as many vendors as possible and doesn't charge vendors to show or sell their products so long as their products are North Carolina sourced. 


Savor the brisk mountain air while shopping the local scene at the Wilkesboro Farmers Market. This self-proclaimed open air market is open Fridays from 4pm until 7pm and boasts weekly live music, fruits and veggies, baked goods, and handcrafted artisanal items. Wilkesboro is the home of Merlefest, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, so the tunes at this farmers market is a perfect opportunity to sample the area's best traditional sound. 


Known by locals as "Little Washington," coastal Washington, North Carolina boasts a Saturday farmers market that's fun for the whole family. The Washington Harbor District Farmers & Artisans Market is open Saturdays from 8am until 12pm and features fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, and even off-the-boat seafood from local waters. A variety of artists also show unique items at the market like jewelry, artwork, and pottery. 


Charlotte may be our state's biggest city, but farm fresh fruits and veggies can still be found at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Open seasonally Tuesdays through Saturdays 8am until 5:00pm, this farmers market is one of four regional farmers markets owned by the state and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. This designation ensures a variety of North Carolina farmers crops are available throughout the year. The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market features seasonal produce, local meats, seafood, coffee, baked goods, cheeses, jams, jellies, flowers, and plants of all kinds. 


The Ashe County Farmers Market in the heart of downtown West Jefferson offers a delightful mix of fresh vegetables and fruits, local honey, molasses, maple syrup, homemade jams, jellies, and even locally grown popcorn. Open Saturdays during market season from 8am until 1pm, and Wednesdays during peak produce season, the Ashe County Farmers Market also features quality crafts, jewelry, handwoven baskets, quilts, and more. Demonstrations and contests are held throughout the season where local vendors vie for the top spot. 

Before you set out for the market, visit your local AAA Car Care location for all of your car maintenance needs, including battery checks. If you plan to stay overnight, visit your local AAA travel agent to help make your trip planning easy with hotel discounts, reservations, and TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner. A road trip is always a good time to make sure your insurance is updated, so call your local AAA insurance agent, and they can walk you through the best options. You can easily manage your AAA Membership online or call 1-866-593-8626 while on the road.


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