Tag: Wilmington

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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  • 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

Finding Peace on Base: Meditation on Camp Lejeune


In 2014, Jacksonville’s Daily News wrote an article about Greg Matos, a clinical psychologist who began a weekly meditation group at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Chapel.   Though Matos is a practicing Buddhist, meditation can be useful to anyone, and you need not be a Buddhist or any particular religious denomination to enjoy the benefits.


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As far as we know, this is the only location in Jacksonville or Camp Lejeune for public mindfulness.  So kudos to Matos for starting this group on base.  There is a meditation service every Thursday, 11 AM at the Naval Hospital Chapel.  Call 910-450-4070 for more information.

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If, however,  Matos’ group doesn’t work for you, there are four options for meditation in nearby Wilmington.



Best Yoga Studios in Wilmington, NC

Like most popular small towns, Wilmington has its share of really great yoga studios. And while you can’t go wrong with almost any studio in town, there are several locations that consistently get great reviews and word of mouth.



Wilmington Yoga – 5329 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC

  • Drop in class:  16$
  • Monthly Unlimited rate:  129$
  • Get more information on their ratesclass schedule and reviews.
  • Childcare? Yes. Requires additional payment.
  • Of note:  In addition to traditional yoga studio class offerings, WY practices  Kunga Yoga (yoga with the added element of community service) and Thai Yoga Massage.  They also have several planned retreats for teacher certification or yoga student refreshment and relaxation.


Wilmington Bikram Yoga – 5424 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Drop in class:  19$
  • Monthly Unlimited rate:  9$
  • Get more information on their ratesclass schedule and reviews.
  • Childcare? No
  • Of note:  Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm and on Sundays at 4 pm, WBY offers a community class for 6$ – 8$ cash only.  Which is awesome, since practicing yoga can be cost prohibitive and yet yoga is a discipline that should be accessible by all.




Be Unlimited Yoga – 5725 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, North Carolina


Porters Neck Yoga & Spa – 8044 Market St, Wilmington, NC

  • Drop in class:  15$
  • Monthly Unlimited:  140$
  • Get more information on their rates, class schedule and reviews.
  • Childcare? No.
  • Of note:  In addition to their traditional yoga class schedule, PNYS also offers spa services.

Where to Meditate in Wilmington, NC

The seaside town of Wilmington, NC is home to four locations to practice mindfulness… and counting. Some listings are free, while others require a small fee.  Depending on what you’re looking for, religious affiliated or not, small group or one-on-one guidance, there’s a little bit of something for every interest.




Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington – 4313 Lake Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403, 910-392-6454

  • Free, Religion affiliated
  • McKay Healing Arts – 4916 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington NC 28403, 910-791-1981
  • 12$ per class, Non-religion affiliated

Wilmington Yoga Center – 329 Oleander Drive, Suite 200, Wilmington, NC 28403, 910-350-0234