The Wild Food + Herb Market got its start through Abundance NC’s fiscal sponsorship program. The United States’ first ever wild food and herb market opened in Carrboro on March 10th, 2013. The Wild Food + Herb Market took place one Sunday afternoon each month on the Carrboro Commons from March through November from 1‐4 PM. The Market is on hiatus for 2014 but may return in 2015.
The Wild Food + Herb Market is a “farmers” market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local plant educators in the North Carolina Piedmont. The Wild Food + Herb Market provides wild food and medicinal herb enthusiasts a place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs.
A variety of vendors provide unusual wild foods and unique herbal offerings for adventurous foodies and chefs alike, while educational organizations are on hand to offer information on wild foods and resources to learn more about wild food identification. The market also offers resources to learn more about wild plants of the Piedmont and their uses and how to identify and harvest wild foods and herbs sustainably, and gives interested people the opportunity to ask experts to identify edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms.
There is a conservation ethic behind the idea of gathering and using local wild plants…
Knowledge of the incredible resources that local plants offer both in terms of food and medicine serves to help people feel more connected to the land and other living things in their communities. We protect and care for what we value and feel connected to. We want the Wild Food + Herb Market to be not only a marketplace, but also place where people with similar interests can gather and learn from each other.
The Wild Food + Herb Market: “Celebrating the wild plants and people of the Carolina Piedmont”
List of Vendors & Educational Organizations:
The Abundance Foundation
AbunDance Healing Arts – Kim Calhoun
Alfred’s Farm – Alfred Loeblich III
Carolina Whole Health – Dr. Maureen Dunn
Cloudberry Botanical – Dana Simerly
Cheer Gardens – Cherrie Tchir
Edge of the World Farm – Henrietta
Feather Village Farm – Michael & Kathleen Dupree
Foraged For You – Kim Calandra & Tim Mainero
From the Mother – Amy Magrinat
Gold Finch Designs & Full Flower Herbs – Alexis Mastromichalis, Lindsay Perry, Jay Watts
Herb Planet~ Organic Handcrafted Herbal & Nutritional Products – Frances O’Halloran
Homestead Healthcare – Crystal Honeycutt & Brandon Thomas
Infusion Herbs – Sarah Haggerty
North Carolina Botanical Garden – Johnny Randall
Nourish Inside & Out – Ginger Yancey
Piedmont Herbs – Tony Mayer
Silvan Song Tree Essences – Laurel Wilkinson
Three Hawk Farm – Jan Tate
Two Chicks Farm – Audrey Lin & Debbie Donnald
Women’s Birth and Wellness Center – Rosalind – Btq. Manager, Suki Roth local herbalist, Kathy Parry community educator
The Wild Table – Perrin Heartway
Woodfruit – Andrea Wood, Rob Jones and Nick Fox
Click to view Vendor Profiles
Carrboro Town Commons | 301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC
2013 Market Dates/Educational Themes:
March 10th– Know Your Local Plants
April 7th– Cooking with Wild Foods
May 12th– Herbal Crafts
June 2nd– Botanical Art
July 14th– Market Sweets
August 4th– Herbal Medicine Making
September 1st– Kids Love Herbs
October 6th– Local Plant Lore and Elders
November 3rd– Plant/Animal Ecology
Visit our press page to check out the local and international coverage of the Wild Food + Herb Market.
The Wild Food + Herb Market – Carrboro is “making North Carolina the latest hot spot in the growing movement…” – Reuters
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