We all learned the hard way in the Summer of 2020 that even the more superficial things we grew to enjoy and maybe take for granted were things that, when unavailable, we deeply missed. These were seldom more evident than when the warmer months arrived, and our favorite outdoor activities were no longer available. Whether you have just moved into your new home in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve or you have called your residence at BLP home for years, one such favorite outdoor activity in the surrounding community is the Nash County Farmers Market.
Nash County Farmers Market: Summer Tradition for 16 Years
The Nash County Farmers Market has been a staple of the Rocky Mount summers since its inception in 2005. It is located in the beautiful Rocky Mount Mills Historic District. The initial purpose was to provide the area farmers a facility to sell their products. Likewise, it gives the area residents access to the freshest produce, meats, and foods, and other crafts and products made locally. In addition, it provides the residents a great way to give back to the community and encourages the farmers to increase their production.
Upon re-opening, the Nash County Farmers Market is open from April through December on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. During the Summer Months of June, July, and August, the market is also open on Tuesday afternoons between the hours of 3:00-6:00 p.m. The Nash County Farmers Market’s slogan is “Shop Local, Shop Healthy, Shop Fresh,” and if you have ever experienced it, you would 100 percent agree with that phrasing.
Local, Healthy, Fresh, and More
Currently, while more vendors can apply for space from week to week, and thus the number could change, there are seventeen Rocky Mount area vendors on-site weekly at Nash County Farmers Market. This listing could vary, but as of the week of June 5, the freshest products around are available from the following with their items listed:
- 3 Stars Kettle Corn– Kettle Corn (Sweet and Salty), Cheddar Cheese, Caramel and Caramel Apples, Fried Pork skins, and Flour Chips
- Big B’s Farmstead– Eggs and a variety of seasonal produce depending on the week
- Carolina Grits Company– Grits and Cornmeal
- Caveman Charcoal– A variety of woods processed into charcoal to be used in smoking and grilling food
- Conetoe Family Life Center- Full variety of seasonal produce (varies weekly)
- Farm 1837- Pound cakes and baked goods
- Grandma G’s Soap- Soap and lotions
- HS Howell Farms- Produce boxes, a full variety of seasonal produce (varies weekly)
- J&K Veggies- Full Variety of Seasonal Produce (varies weekly)
- Magie’s Baked Goods- Bread and Baked Goods
- Nowell Family Farm – Beef
- OMGoodness Pimento Cheese- Original and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese
- Ooh La La Skin Care- Body Butter, Sugar Scrubs, Soaps, Lip Balms, and Bath Bombs
- Rob’s Fresh Produce- Full Variety of seasonal produce. (Varies weekly)
- Tar River Microfarm- Pottery and Microgreens
- Tri-O-Farms- Pork and Eggs
- Twin Oak Farms- Eggs, Bug Repellent, Soap, Shampoo, Lotion, Lip Balm, and Skin Care Products
- Washington Crab and Seafood- Fresh Seafood
The Freshness and Healthiest is Minutes from BLP
The Nash County Farmers Market takes place at 1006 Peachtree Street in Rocky Mount. As we noted above, for the summer months, it is open Sat. from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. and Tue. from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. It is a short ten-minute drive (6.8 miles) from your new home in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve. As they always say, at Belmont Lake Preserve, you’re never too far from there, and in this case, you are never too far from shopping local, healthy, and fresh while supporting your local community.
For more information on the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.