A series of sun-splashed tents line the Fayetteville Town Center parking lot—here, like every Thursday, customers walk among the tents, clutching fresh vegetables, locally-ground coffee and more.
Including today, this will happen just three more times this year, because the Fayetteville Farmers Market closes its summer season on October 24.
“Support the local vendors. It’s a lot of hard work to do this all season,” Manager Lacey Cashman said. “We look to finish strong, on a good note.”
Cashman began her time at the market as a farmer with Mountain Grown Farm, because she knew “the customer base would be really great.” After the previous manager retired, she took over—which is a “lot of work,” based on her farming duties.
In its fifth year, the Fayetteville market operates weekly—rain, shine or snow. “We wanted to keep the schedule as long as we can. In order to serve as many customers as we can,” Cashman said.
Vendors include a butcher, spicemaker, baker, florist and different types of farmers. The market even has a beekeeper, Tim Hoda, who began his business based on an interest with honey.
“I started at a market. And I said ‘yeah, there’s a demand for local honey,'” Hoda said.
That grew in to more bees and more customers, all because of his start at a local market.
Overall, the farmers market runs every Thursday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. between now and October 24. After that concludes, Fayetteville—like many local markets—will move indoors.
“The winter markets are important to the farms because it keeps us going through the wintertime… Our coffee roasters, our bakers, our syrups, and lots of things you need,” Cashman said. “We do more eating in the winter time, so maybe we should have more food.”