Friday, April 16, 2010

Carrboro Farmer's Market & Town Commons Playground

Farmer's Markets have come a long way in our town. No longer for the small potatoes (get it?), Farmer's Markets now have more than you can imagine. And, it turns out, they are very kid friendly, too!

The Carrboro Farmer's Market is a great size, and gets a lot of community support. Saturday mornings (year round) and Wednesday evenings (in the summer only), people come out to shop for local and fresh vegetables, fruits, meats (yes!, meats!), wildflowers, plants for their yard, breads, honey, cheeses, yarn, knitted goods, hand crafted wood benches, pastries, coffee, hand turned pottery, soaps, and so much more.

I love that C will grow up seeing these items from the people who took the time to create them and know that tomatoes don't just come off a truck and end up at Harris Teeter in February without some sacrifices somewhere. But political statement aside, I also like that he can be entertained here.

The Carrboro Farmer's Market hosts many events. And the diversity of events will astound you. I have seen children giving string concerts here in the mornings, for starters. Not all of the events are advertised, either, so you just get pleasantly surprised sometimes when you show up.The playground is geared more towards the 2 - 6 age group but is in great condition and very fun. There is shade thanks to the fundraising efforts of local parents. It is fenced, too, to try to limit the amount of runaways. Benches are nearby as are water fountains. Restrooms are accessible too.

Know before you go deets for the Market:
Bring cash. Bring your own tote, too, if you are self concious (Carrborians frown when they see people carrying plastic shopping bags). Parking isn't too ridiculous if you look on a side street (they open up the streets just for Farmer's Market parking).

If you are coming outside of Market hours to use the playground, you will have to stick to one of the community lots but it shouldn't be as hard. All parking is free.

Note that it can get really crowded inside the market and on the playground. It really all depends on weather and season.

Of course, the playground is available all the time, so don't hesitate to use it outside of Farmer's Market hours. (I was just informed, though, that it will be closed for 2 weeks starting April 19th for some work the county needs to do nearby. Just don't forget about it in the meantime!)

Carrboro Farmer's Market:
Saturdays 7:00 am to noon, Wednesdays (seasonal) 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
http://www.carrborofarmersmarket.com/index.shtml

Town Hall Commons Playground

301 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
near the Carrboro Town Hall (hence the name)

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