10 Reasons to Shop at the Corner Farmers Market
Are you looking for local food in Greensboro? How about an awesome farmers market, with all the fixin’s? Well look no further, the Corner Market is here!
Check out these 10 reasons why so many local foodies and farmers make a stop at the Corner Market part of their Saturday Morning ritual.
1. Enjoy the Fresh Air
There’s nothing quite like strolling among the stalls of an open air market. You’re suddenly taken to a smaller, slower world, and the sights and sounds of Lindley Park set the stage for what’s sure to be an enjoyable morning perusing the latest offerings from local vendors.
Our little market is Greensboro’s only year round outdoor market and we enjoy plenty of cool shade in the summer, invigorating sunshine in the fall and spring, and cozy warmth from our propane heaters in the winter.
2. Sticks and Stones for Brunch
While you’re at the market, don’t forget to grab a hearty breakfast from the gracious restaurant that allows us to set up every Saturday in their parking lot. Sticks and Stones doesn’t just do creative pizzas and awesome craft beer. They also have an impressive lineup of breakfast items including biscuits, eggs, grits, and sweet potato hash browns.
3. Save Time and Money with a CSA
While it’s always fun to meander the market and leisurely look for the perfect ingredients for that special meal on the menu, it’s also nice to able to count on a weekly basket full of local goodies. And it doesn’t hurt that you can save some money in the process.
Faucette Farms offers a year round, customizable CSA with seasonal fruits, Certified Organic vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, and dried goods. KW Homestead has different CSA options for their pastured poultry, including duck eggs, whole chicken, and chicken parts. New Pasture farms offers a milk share with weekly pickups of delicous grass fed dairy.
4. Bring the Dog!
The Corner Market loves dogs, and dog lovers too. Every weekend we have a great pack of dog owners who bring their best friends to the market to help them shop. We even have a complimentary dog water dish for those sunny days!
5. Handmade and Handcrafted
Are you looking for a special gift? A unique piece of jewelry? Or maybe a one of a kind work of art for the wall? This farmers market has a great cast of artisans and craftspeople selling their wares. Blacksmiths, carvers, painters, and jewelers show up every Saturday and some will even do custom designs and pieces if you ask.
6. Double SNAP/EBT Benefits
Our market works hard to find donors so that we can offer a doubling of SNAP and EBT benefits for low income families. Head on over to the central market table and we’ll get you set up so you can buy some great organic produce, fruits, meat and eggs.
7. Paleo, Gluten Free, and Vegan
Whatever your dietary considerations are, we have plenty of products for you and your family! Wallflour Bakery is always a hit with delicous, gluten free goodies, and PaleoLove Company has a delcious grain free breakfast “cereal” that’s Paleo approved!
8. Organic and Beyond
Are you looking for the healthiest food possible? Then you’ll love talking with our farmers about how they raise their crops and animals. Many follow organic and sustainable practices, and some even go beyond organic standards to produce the healthiest and most delicous food in Greensboro.
9. Support A Local, Micro-Business
One of the great things about our farmers market is that it gives members of our local community an easy, low risk avenue into starting a small business of their own. Some of our vendors started out selling their goods with nothing more than a cardboard sign and a product made with passion. Now they sell at markets and restaurants all over the Triad, have been featured in the local news, and are growing into succusefull businesses. You can be a part of this incubation by buying their goods, giving them some feedback, and spreading the word.
10. Community and Conversation
Our vendors show up every Saturday excited to see each other and our shoppers. They are always open to questions, and if you ask, you might even hear some funny stories about life on the farm. It’s a common sight to see vendors and shoppers hugging across the table, or a young child grinning after receiving a special sample. We often have free make-and-take craft events for kids, hay rides, demonstrations, and animal visits too.
The market is also a great place for community members to set up an informational table about their local non-profit or volunteer group. Heck, we even Knit the Bridge over Wendover!
So there you have it, just a few reasons to shop at the Corner Farmers Market this (and every) Saturday morning!