First Nags Head Farmer’s Market opens to rave reviews

By on July 1, 2018

Vendor list as of June 25. Click for a larger view.

Nags Head’s first Farmer’s Market was held on June 14 at Dowdy Park, and by all accounts, it was a big success.

According to Paige Griffin, Nags Head’s events coordinator, when the park was in the development stages, the town sent out over 700 surveys asking residents and businesses their vision of how the park should be used.

Griffin said respondents chose farmer’s market as the overwhelming choice in the activities section of the survey, followed by concerts.

The park’s infrastructure and improvements have advanced to the point where such a market was possible starting this year.

For the 2018 season, the events will be held on the second Thursday of each month from June through October.

Town personnel solicited local and regional businesses to become regular vendors at the event.

Of the 37 vendor spaces made available, 35 businesses have signed up, with one slot remaining. One vendor took two spaces.

A visit to the first market revealed a full parking lot with an equal mix of locals and visitors from out of state.

Business was brisk at the various booths, with everything from beef, poultry, local seafood, produce, teas, sea salt, spices and other food-oriented offerings joined by businesses selling paintings, jewelry, suncatchers and other local and regionally made crafts.

“The Farmer’s Market was a huge success for both vendors and visitors alike,” said Jane Ellen Gray, who was offering a wide variety of handmade potholders, placemats, dolls and other creations.

“Goods available ranged from handmade jewelry to macramé hangers, gluten-free baked goods, and fruits, vegetables, and meats,” Gray said. “The Town of Nags Head should be congratulated for providing artists, farmers and residents a venue where they can participate.”

Doug and Maria Tritt came all the way from Edenton to showcase their business, Full Nest Farms, leasing two spots and offering an incredible selection of chicken, pork and produce.

Several types of sausage, bacon and virtually any cut of pork were for sale.

Douglas and Maria Tritt of Full Neast Farms, LLC (Russ Lay photo)

They had sold out of produce early in the day but we were able to score two large, lovely chicken breasts that grilled up beautifully that night. (We’ll be back for more chicken and their pork!)

Their eggs, chickens, and pork all come from pastured chickens and hogs.

Traditional cooks will also find cuts such as ham necks, fatback, as well as chicken hearts, livers and feet. A true Southern-style food stop.

The Tritts echoed Gray’s comments, saying they had a great sales day with a lot of foot traffic from locals and visitors alike.

“I think we made the right decision to participate here and we’re looking forward to the next one,” Douglas Tritt said.

The Farmer’s Market will operate on the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Dowdy Park, which is located at 3005 S. Croatan Highway in Nags Head. The next market is scheduled for July 12.

The park is situated on the corner of Croatan Highway and Bonnet Street east of the main highway and the parking lot is on Bonnett Street. There is a traffic light at the park so entry and exit to the “bypass” is easy for north and southbound traffic.

The park also features an extensive playground, so there is plenty for children to do while the adults are shopping.

More information can be found on the town’s website and this video:


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