One of the welcome windfalls of the "eat local" movement is the growing number of farmers markets in the Triangle. The newest addition to the list is Farmers of Orange (http://farmersoforange.org), which will set up its stalls for the first time Saturday in Chapel Hill, in the parking lot next to A Southern Season (which is sponsoring the market) in University Mall.
The season is young, but the fledgling market has already lined up about 20 vendors, among them:
- Coon Rock Farm (http://coonrockfarm.com) -- variety of organic and biodynamic produce and livestock; partner with Zely & Ritz restaurant in Raleigh.
- Fickle Creek Farm (http://home.mebtel.net/~ficklecreek) -- free-range poultry, eggs, hormone-free livestock, organic fruits and vegetables.
- Flat River Nursery (www.esinc.net/flatriver) -- tomatoes (hydroponic and field grown), flowers, bedding plants, cucumbers, strawberries.
- Gathercreek (www.maryrocap.com) -- handmade quilts, aprons and potholders; owner Mary Rocap is a musician and will also sell her CDs.
- Hillsborough Cheese Company (www.southerncheese.com/Pages/hillsborough.html) -- artisanal goat's milk and cow's milk cheeses
- Scratch Seasonal Artisan Baking (www.piefantasy.com) -- scratch-baked sweet and savory pies
- Secondwind Farm (www.verapottery.com/sub.php?farm) -- cut flowers, berries and vegetables
- Tiny Farm (www.tinyfarm.com) -- lettuces and greens.
Farmers of Orange will operate from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and is planned as a year-round market. The offering will change with the seasons, naturally, but artisanal wares and some greenhouse-grown produce will be available regardless of the time of year. The location next to A Southern Season is a big plus, too, for gourmets interested in one-stop-shopping convenience.