Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) New Location and 2016 Schedule
The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is preparing for their second year, and is moving to a new location. The market will be held on Arendell Avenue, close to Wakelon Plaza and 264/64 highway exit at Zebulon NC.
Opening day is May 7, 2016. Its new location The market will be on Zebulon Municipal Complex lawn, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. This location is just across Arendell Avenue from the Food Lion (Wakelon) plaza, with the market by the Town Hall parking lot, giving better visibility and quicker access from the highway.
The market will be open Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through October. In addition to the weekly market, special events are scheduled including a November holiday family day.
Entertainment at the market allows shoppers to relax and listen to music, enjoy fun activities with the kids, learn from visiting chefs, pick up information on community happenings, and enter to win free gifts from the market. Entertainers and guest presenters are still being selected. To be considered, fill out the market’s “Interest Form“.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market began in 2015 with a three-year grant. It continues thanks to the vendors and patrons who made its first year a success. Visit the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market on Facebook, or their Town of Zebulon Farm Fresh Market web page.
To find out more about vending, entertainer opportunities, information booths, or sponsorships, email or call the Market Manager, Maurine Brown, at 919.823.0432.
Becoming a Vendor
The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market desires vendors who can offer “the freshest and best-tasting locally-grown produce, helping to preserve the tradition of small farms in the region.”
Products available in the first year, 2015, included: heirloom and gourmet fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and eggs, pasture pork, honey, butter, pepper relishes, sauces, fresh herbs, cut flowers, ornamental plants, and vegetable garden plants.
While some vendors from 2015 are returning, new vendors are expected. Those who enjoyed the market last year may find more delicious foods and crafts this year as the market continues to grow!
One 2015 vendor that is returning is Baxter’s Bees of Zebulon. Shannon Baxter says, “We ARE returning! The move from the Community Center to the Municipal Complex will be exciting. I am hoping that the move will allow the market to serve more people and bring more fresh, local food to our community.”
The Baxters are always looking for better ways to reach people, through service projects, community outreach, and education opportunities. They believe that this new location will allow them to interact with more folks who are interested in bees, becoming beekeepers, or helping to protect our food supply by supporting a local beekeeper. Shannon believes, “The new location is a step in the right direction for Zebulon, giving the market, as well as the town more exposure, which may hopefully lead to a revitalization of the downtown area.”
Vendor applications are available online from a link at the bottom of this page: townofzebulon.org/town-departments.php?cat=560. Market guidelines are also available from a link.
2015 Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Vendors
- Stone Ridge Farm Market – Zebulon NC
- The Fat Radish Farm/Liberty Poultry -Zebulon NC
- J&H Farm – Zebulon NC
- Simple Soap and Balm – Zebulon NC
- Brantley’s Home Nursery – Middlesex NC
- H S Howell Farms – Zebulon NC
- Wrenn’s Farm – Zebulon NC
- Baxter’s Bees – Zebulon NC
- Ray Family Farm – Louisburg NC
- Bennett Bunn Plantation – Zebulon NC
- Sunny Hill Farm- Zebulon NC
- The Barking Lot Treats & More – Knightdale NC
- A Cup of Sunshine Zebulon NC
Sponsoring the Market
Sponsors help the market by covering administrative and marketing costs, or providing resources and support.
WakeMed has signed on as a 2016 sponsor. Sponsors from 2015 included Rex UNC Health Care, The Grey Area news, Stone Ridge Farm Market, Four Oaks Bank, J&M Chevrolet, US Foods, Nomacorc, Diamond Signs, and Richard and Edith Harris.
To become a sponsor for 2016, start with the Sponsorship Letter, then contact Maurine Brown to find out more about the market’s needs and sponsorship opportunities.