Ten years after the Holly Springs Farmers Market was created, the event attracts about 850 people every Saturday morning in the summer to buy fresh fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods and artisanal foods from its downtown site off North Main Street.
A market that began in 2007 with just a handful of local vendors – to encourage people to visit Holly Springs’ downtown – has grown to 32 vendors from numerous nearby municipalities this year, nearly all of which sell exclusively locally grown food.
“I think people appreciate the fact that they come to the market and they know they are supporting local farmers,” said Jessica Stygles, who began working as the town’s farmers market coordinator in July. “ ‘Buy local’ has become such a strong influence for people.”
Under Stygles’ direction, the Town of Holly Springs hopes to ensure the farmers market continues to prosper over its next 10 years.
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“The thing I like best, besides the food, is it’s a gathering place for people in Holly Springs and close by,” Mayor Dick Sears said. “It’s just a fun, fun time.”
The Holly Springs Farmers Market is every Saturday fom 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May through mid-October in the East Center Street parking lot across from the Holly Springs Town Hall at 128 N. Main St.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, the market will celebrate National Farmers Market Week, which runs from Aug. 7-13, with a Customer Appreciation Day.
Market-goers can earn prizes through customer appreciation drawings and giveways. The market also will feature a cooking demonstration by a professional chef at 10 a.m. and music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
More about the market
The farmers market is operated and managed by the Town of Holly Springs’ department of planning and zoning and is paid for through sponsorship donations and vendor fees.
More than 30 vendors from Apex, Dunn, Willow Springs, Rolesville and other areas have participated in the marketplace this year, including Carolina Catch Seafood of Holly Springs and McLean Farms of Fuquay-Varina.
“We are kind of unique in we are solely focused on local food products and things that are grown and produced here,” Stygles said.
The farmers market hosts more than 60 music, cooking, education and community events, including food truck rodeos, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities each season.
“It’s got such a strong base to start with, that as I’m getting started, I’d like to continue what’s happening,” said Stygles, adding that she may like to see more special events added in the future.
In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, the farmers market also has been rebranded with a new logo and banners.
“I don’t think when we first started that we thought we would be here, but we’re excited that we keep growing and it’s better and better every year,” said Gina Clapp, the town’s planning and zoning director. “We have really blossomed, bloomed into a true farmers market, providing food locally produced and grown for our residents of Holly Springs.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon
Want to go?
The Holly Springs Farmers Market is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday from May through mid-October in the East Center Street Parking Lot across from the Holly Springs Town Hall at 128 N. Main St. Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, Aug. 13. A food truck rodeo is Aug. 27. Go to hollyspringsnc.us/319/Farmers-Market for information.