Finding Fresh: Local Farmer’s Markets in Wilmington and Beyond

There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that was grown on a local farm in your city, is there?  Shopping at farmer’s markets is fun.  It’s almost sensory overload, all of the gorgeous colors, fresh produce, artisanal food products… and you’re getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. And shopping at farmers markets also support your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.

In the past, shopping at these local markets was problematic – they didn’t always take debit or credit cards, but now, for the most part, most farmer market’s do. So there is no inconvenience involved with shopping at farmer’s markets. Just make sure you bring your own reusable grocery bags.

Farmers markets are also super kid-friendly.  A family visit to a market is a great way to get your child involved with family nutrition, especially those picky eaters who think they dislike all veggies.  Once they see the variety of colors and shapes produce comes in, and they are allowed to pick out whatever catches their eye… they’re one step closer to becoming a fruit and veggie lover.

We’re happy to say, there is a nice selection of farmer’s markets in the area. Check out the list below, and discover which market is closet to your home.



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Carolina Beach

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  • Onslow County Farmer’s Market (has three locations)
  • 4024 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • April 11 – November 17
  • Every  Saturday
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Onslow County Farmer’s Market at Camp Lejeune

  • Main Exchange Parking Lot
  • 1401 W Rd #1231, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
  • April 11 – November 17
  • Every Tuesday
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Onslow County Farmer’s Market in Jacksonville Center

  • Big Lots Parking Lot
  • 1110 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546
  • April 11 – November 17
  • Every Thursday
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Morehead City      

  • Morehead City Curb Market
  • 1300 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557
  • May through September
  • Every Saturday
  • 7:30 AM – 11:30 PM


New Bern

  • New Bern Farmer’s Market
  • 421 S. Front Street
  • Historic Downtown, New Bern, NC  28560
  • April 21 – December
  • Every Tuesday
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM





  • Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove
  • Poplar Grove Historic Plantation (on the front lawn)
  • 10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411
  • April 9 – December 17
  • Every Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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  • River Front Farmer’s Market
  • Located Along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington,
  • In the parking lot on the corner of North Water and Princess Streets
  • April 4 – December 22nd
  • Every Saturday
  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM



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Wrightsville Beach

  • Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market
  • Located at the Town of Wrightsville Beach municipal grounds, Seawater Lane
  • Wrightsville Beach, NC  28480
  • Every Monday
  • 8 AM -1 PM
  • May 18 – September 28