The Carrboro Farmer's Market is an institution. It's been around for more than 30 years, and it's already been named one of the best markets in the country in the Serious Eats book. It's run by the farmers themselves and everything sold here comes from within a 50 mile radius and all of the farmers are happy to chat with you about when and where their wares were picked or pickled. If you're into eating local in the Triangle, this is the place to shop.
The market isn't huge. But the quality and variety are outstanding. In mid-summer it's a visual (and actual) bounty. There are more varieties and sizes of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants than you can shake a stick at. There are also artisans selling cheeses, pickles, vegan baked goods, jams, fresh pasta, pies, meats...you get the idea.
But all of that variety can make decisions about your weekly haul difficult. So to keep our strength up, we need snacks while perusing the place. There are few full-fledged eateries at the market, but you'll find plenty of samples and small treats as you fill your reuseable shopping bag. See all the bites in the slideshow >>
Carrboro Farmer's Market
About the authors: Eric and Sarah Mine live in Durham, North Carolina. When not eating, cooking, or brewing, Eric works as a lawyer and Sarah works in food policy.