Washington Harbor District Farmers and Artisans Market is off to a Great Season.
Here in Washington, NC, our corner of Eastern North Carolina is blessed with a delightful variety of produce, along with a deep pool of talented artisans of all disciplines.
So, our seasonal Saturday event has become more and more popular and well attended in recent years.
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 opened the new season in a new location (see below), and we’re off to such a great start!
My wife and I arrived around 10 AM (they’re open from 8 AM until at least 12 noon) but we’re certainly going to be getting there earlier next Saturday because we heard about some great coffee and cakes that people were enjoying earlier.
We immediately noticed the new space that the market now occupies. Now located at the lot across from Festival Park, the market feels like a neighborhood that invites you to wander throughout and take time to talk to the vendors, chat with folks who are shopping just like you are, and appreciate our amazing waterfront.
We met the new market manager, Susan Watson and her volunteer assistant Emily. First impressions? Susan is a bundle of energy, friendly, and well organized. She took the time to talk to us about her plans for the market this year and there’s no doubt that it’s in good hands.
Continuing our walk through the market, we saw others enjoying the new location in a somewhat different way than in years past. This year’s market means that visitors are not confined to a street side with their backs to the traffic. Folks can stand where they wish. Kids can round around and parents aren’t as worried about traffic.
Our favorite local farms were on hand and shoppers were happily buying all the early strawberries they’d been hearing about. We even saw one supplier bringing in an additional truck load.
Moving on to other sections, we were happy to see old artisan friends return with the product of their recent efforts, and there were some very interesting collections.
We also saw new participants, and that means our market visitors enjoyed an even greater variety of offerings.
A few of our regular participants told us that it was just a bit early in the season for them, so look for the Washington Harbor District Farmers and Artisans Market to continue to grow in the coming weeks.
Many who were there Saturday told us they plan to be there every Saturday because they enjoy seeing new produce options as they come into season.
Be sure to look for Washington Harbor District Farmers and Artisans Market at the corner of Main and Bonner Streets, Downtown Washington, NC.