June 11, 2018


Farmers Market Season Begins Tuesday, and
It’s Shaping up to be Bigger than Ever

By JOY CRIST



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 tradition.

“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 with shoppers.

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 September 4.

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 something new.”







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