Staff photo by Allison Potter
The Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market 2013 season will wrap up, 8 a.m to 1 p.m., on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, will mark the end of the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market 2013 season. The market, which had its first season in 2009, featured a number of local farmers, bakers, and this year, craft vendors. Providing a venue for residents and visitors of Wrightsville Beach to interact face-to-face with vendors of locally grown produce, baked goods and artisan creations, the farmers’ market represents Wrightsville Beach as a community in support of its local economy.
This year was the market’s first year at its current location, a grassy field on the Wrightsville Beach municipal grounds in front of the old fire station. With the change in location came both pros and cons. Citing additional space, Angela Cannon, manager of the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market, said that she thinks the new location is preferable to the market’s previous home on Old Causeway Drive.
“The extra space allowed us to add craft vendors, which we didn’t have before,” Cannon said.
She also pointed out that the new location was less visible to traffic coming off the Heide Trask Drawbridge but the new location attracted people walking the Loop who saw her setting up on Monday mornings.
“We also have a real bathroom over here,” Cannon said. “No more porta-potties.”
This year, the main concern of the vendors at the market was the weather. Rain, and lots of it, seemed to plague the market every Monday, and it wasn’t only the customers who were bothered by the rain. Jodi McClellan of McClellan Farms in Delco, N.C., was absent from the market for several weeks. The increased precipitation had quite the adverse effect on her crops.
“The rain destroyed all the summery things, like tomatoes and squash. We got probably more than 16 inches of rain in June alone. Our farmland isn’t elevated so all that water just stood and our crops couldn’t survive it,” McClellan said. “Last season was great, so I’m looking forward to next year, that’s just the farming business.”
Even those who worked indoors, like Julia Carter of La Gemma Bakery, saw the effects of the increased precipitation this year.
“There might have been three or four Mondays where it didn’t rain. … You were taking a chance by even coming out here,” Carter said.
Aside from the inclement weather, Cannon was pleased with the 2013 farmers’ market season.
“If it wasn’t raining, the parking lot was full every Monday by 10:30,” Cannon said. “The market also had a pretty good balance of vendors every week.”