Cary, NC – This past Saturday, Cary Downtown Farmers Market had their Spring grand opening. FoodCary was there to take a few pictures.
Spring Opening at the Downtown Farmers Market
The weather was perfect, the band was playing and the local dignitaries were on hand for the Spring Opening of the farmers market in Downtown Cary.
Cary used to have four farmers markets, but that number has dwindled to just two. Western Wake Farmers Market (WWFM) moved their excellent operation to Morrisville and the Waverly market has been discontinued.
If you live in Western Cary, the WWFM has a market at the UNC Wellness Center on Stonecroft Lane about a mile west of Parkside Town Commons. But for Central Cary, Southern Cary and Eastern Cary, the place for fresh produce from the farmers and artisanal foods and crafts is the Downtown Cary Farmers Market on Chatham Street in front of the historic Ivey Ellington House.
FoodCary spotted Councilmembers Ed Yerha and Don Frantz in the crowd, as well as Cary’s D0wntown Manager Ted Boyd and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director Doug McRainey. Ed and Ted both said a few words. The band for the Spring Opening was Cary’s own Mountain Blue.
Both of Cary’s farmers markets, and most of the markets across the Triangle, are open year round. But the Spring season generally brings more produce and vendors.
The Downtown Cary market does a steady business, but it’s usually pretty mellow – seldom overrun like some of the markets in the area. Dogs are welcome. The best produce is available when the market opens at 8 AM. Get there before 11 AM or most of the fresh stuff is sold out. But that’s pretty much true at all the local markets.
Pictures: Spring Opening at the Farmers Market
Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.