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Takeaway: Visit the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market for fresh food, local crafts, and stay to chat with your farmers and friends. Something fun is happening every month—check their Facebook page and market calendar to stay current!
The market starts Wednesday hours THIS WEEK on May 7. Stop by to grab some veggies and a bite to eat!
The vendors at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market want you to know their products are unique. While the grocery store may hold some advantages, I’ve never seen a grower standing next to the sweet potatoes, much less one who can tell me the difference between a Covington and an O’Henry. That’s one of the many reasons I love our cozy market; it’s not only a place to buy some of the freshest, tastiest foods, but a place to learn and enjoy community.
The market has been in the old armory building on Yanceyville Street since 1963, but the history of Greensboro’s oldest public market stretches back to 1874 when farmers in wagons pulled by horses and mules brought their goods to town, parked next to the curb, and sold from the backs of their wagons.
A couple of years ago the city divested day-to-day oversight to a non-profit formed for the purpose of managing the market. The all volunteer board is comprised of twelve community members and vendors, which will soon be expanded to fifteen.
The main building in the market has the high open ceilings of the armory it used to be, but rows of waist high tables stacked high with seasonal vegetables, meat, cheese, flowers, crafts, tea, coffee, pastries and other prepared foods now fill the floor. You can get ingredients for a full meal here including sauces and spices or you could buy a full meal from some vendors.
Of about 166 vendor tables, only a few are currently available for vendors who’d like to sell for just one day. Three-quarters of the market stalls are dedicated to farmers who, with a few exceptions, produce everything they have at their stall. The remaining stalls are prioritized by vendors offering prepared foods, followed by crafts and similar wares.
The new executive director, Lee Mortensen, most recently helmed Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and helped invigorate First Friday and Greensboro City Market at The Rail Yard (near The Worx) on South Elm Street. Along with the daily administration required to coordinate the market, she and long-time market supporter Donna Myers, the Market Coordinator, are working to make sure there’s something fun to do every month to promote local, fresh food and community. Check their Facebook page and market calendar for upcoming events!
Where to find them:
501 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, NC
Free parking is available on Homeland Avenue as well as across the street at War Memorial Stadium.
Market Hours of Operation:
Saturdays, 7am to 12 noon, year round
Wednesdays, 8am to 1:30, May thru December
Donna Myers, Market Coordinator
Lee Mortensen, Executive Director