Cary Downtown Farmers Market has a new location

04/06/2014 7:00 PM

04/06/2014 7:01 PM

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market has a new home.

The market has moved from its former location on Academy Street to the front lawn of the historic Ivey-Ellington-Waddell House at 135 W. Chatham St.

The property has agricultural roots. During the 1890s the front yard of the house ais believed to have served as a campsite for people driving cattle from Chatham County to Raleigh.

The cottage was once the home of H. H. Waddell, who was Cary’s first fire chief and later served as mayor.

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market was forced to find a new location because of the future Mayton Inn, a planned hotel which will take over the South Academy Street site, said market manager Karmen Paterson.

The move is OK with Paterson.

“This site has much better visibility,” she said.

About 20 vendors sold everything from dog biscuits to flowers at the market on Saturday, which was opening day for the season.

Paterson said she hopes to take advantage of the new location’s history.

“We’re going to have a historian come in and do a presentation,” she said.

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The market runs until mid-November. For more information visit

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