Tag: Produce

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 supports 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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Farmer’s Markets Can Be Less Expensive Than Your Grocery Store

 

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Jacksonville

  • 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

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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

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Wilmington

  • 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

 

 

The Benefits of Buying Local at Your Nearest Farmer’s Market

 

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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

Always Buy This Produce Organic

The Environmental Working Group or EWG, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health has created the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The 2015 version is based on the results of pesticide tests performed on produce and collected by federal agencies from the past ten years.

They have compiled a list, the Dirty Dozen Plus which includes produce with the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions, or  grow them organically if you garden.

The EWG points out that there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood. Pesticides have been linked to health issues such as brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, and hormone disruption.   So, it’s important to eat organic whenever you can.

Maintaining your family’s health is not the only reason to choose organic food. Pesticide and herbicide use contaminates groundwater, ruins soil structures and promotes erosion, and may be a contributor to colony collapse disorder, the sudden and mysterious die-off of pollinating honeybees that threatens the American food supply.

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The Dirty Dozen Plus

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale
  • Collards

Apples, peaches, and nectarines topped EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM list of the dirtiest, or most pesticide-contaminated, fruits and vegetables, a new analysis of U.S. government data found. Apples turned up with the highest number of pesticides for the fifth year in a row, while peaches and nectarines moved up to the second and third spots. Apples tend to have the most pesticides because of the chemicals applied to the crop before and after harvest to preserve them longer, EWG reported.

Nearly two-thirds of produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analyzed by EWG for the 2015 Shopper’s Guide contained pesticide residues, a surprising finding considering the increased consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals, EWG reported.  The EWG also said that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2014, a find alarming as it is disturbing.

Whenever you can, try to purchase the organic versions of these produce.  Or try your hand at gardening, whether you’re in an urban-environment or out in the country, it can be done successfully.