On Tuesday, June 12, the Hatteras Island Farmers
Market will kick off its 2018 season with potentially more vendors -
and attendees - than ever before.
The weekly market, which began in Buxton in 2010,
has grown in popularity over the years, with a permanent home next to
the Avon Beach Klub and Pangea Tavern, and a repeat clientele of
visitors and locals who have made the market a regular shopping
“We have grown every year,” says Rick Anzolut,
President of Coastal Harvesters, Inc. which is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization that sponsors the event. “Our estimated average attendance
seems go up every year, as it has for the last three years, and we’ve
also added a half dozen new vendors since [last year’s] market.”
The market features a total of 55-60 registered
vendors, with upwards of 38-39 returning weekly to share their wares
This year, market visitors can expect to see a
number of familiar faces, which includes the market’s three established
produce vendors - Nicole Spruill of Coastal Farmers Cooperative, Jesse
Wray of C and J Produce in Rodanthe, and Bobby Brothers of Brothers
Farm Market on the North Carolina mainland near Elizabeth City.
“We also have some folks who do baked goods,
custom roasted coffee, local wines, and other consumables in addition
to the farm produce,” says Anzolut.
With vacationers especially, the weekly market
has also become a popular destination to pick up a truly one-of-a-kind
gift or souvenir that can’t be found anywhere else.
“Our arts and crafts vendors offer an incredible
variety of specialty and personal products, as well as local artistic
works,” says Anzolut. “They tend to be extremely popular with folks who
want to get a souvenir, or pick up some beach décor, but who want
something custom and homemade.”
Anzolut notes that the price points are another incentive that brings people back to the market on a weekly or annual basis.
“You can certainly expect a really good variety
of arts and crafts in an affordable price range,” he says. “We don’t
tend to have fine arts painters with significant price tags. Instead,
we have creative, beach-oriented crafts, a vast diversity of jewelry
centered around sea glass and shells, and you can certainly expect to
get something to eat, and maybe a cup of custom blended coffee, and
just walk around and enjoy the fun, family atmosphere.”
The market is held every Tuesday from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at The Beach Klub in Avon, beginning June 12, and ending
Though the line-up of vendors may change or vary
weekly, the sheer variety – as well as the opportunity to load up on
fresh, seasonal produce – is what keeps people coming back.
“We get a lot of positive feedback from folks who
love it,” says Anzolut. “We’re starting to get a lot of visitors who
come every year, and who remember us. There’s always a fair number of
visitors and locals who know that the diversity of the fresh produce is
commendable, and who know that there’s an opportunity to discover