Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market
opens every Monday Morning
Crisp white tents mushroomed Monday morning on
Old Causeway Drive. Visible from the crest of the Heide Trask drawbridge
Wrightsville’s first open air market attracted traffickers to a handful of
cheerful vendors: the herbalist, the spice man, the flower lady, the farm
family, visionaries all, harkening back to that bygone era when the delivery
of fresh vegetables and eggs hawked door-to-door were a summertime staple.
That flavor of the past has come rushing back to the
present now that fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, cut flowers, herbs, free
range eggs, poultry and pork—all farm raised within a few miles of
Wrightsville Beach—will make their weekly appearance, pleasing
health-conscious consumers and the locavore crowd, each Monday morning at 8
Shoppers check out vendors’ displays at
the first Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market on Monday, June 22, on
Old Causeway Drive. ~ Allison Breiner
Between seven and 10 merchants, with room to
grow, will offer their wares plus the promise of such regional delicacies as
pickled okra, Tower 7’s house-made salsa and the harvest from an organic
community garden located on Wrightsville Avenue.
It has been a long journey, three years
exactly, since the subject was first introduced to the board of aldermen and
in spite of some last-minute glitches between the board and a volunteer
market manager that surfaced at a special meeting last week over financial
responsibilities and legal liabilities the wrinkles have been ironed out of
the first town-sponsored farmers’ market.
Pending the duration of the growing season,
the market will remain open through September.