It’s going to be a nice day this Saturday. The forecast is for 63 degrees, sunny and mild. That’s perfect for a trip to visit the market, get a terrific healthy lunch at Porches Cafe from Chef Erin, and get a little fresh air strolling on the River Bluffs’ famous Riverwalk. Turner Family Farms will have a lot of produce this week, including sweet potatoes, green tomatoes (and a few ripe,) daikon radishes with tops, rainbow chard, green tomatoes, artisan salads, carrots with tops, and microgreens.
Betsy and Alexis of Feast for the Gods will have their amazing baklava, spanikopita, and something I asked for specifically, Greek meatballs with Alexis’s famous tomato sauce. Mmmm. Vineyards on the Scuppernong, Bonardi-Allen Glass Art, and The PVC Bird Lady will all be there, too. See below for details and pictures on these terrific vendors.
For anyone just discovering this unique market operated by Turner Family Farms, the Farm Market at River Bluffs is located on the large veranda outside Porches Cafe, inside the beautiful River Bluffs community. River Bluffs is right on the River in Castle Hayne barely eight minutes from Downtown Wilmington. On Saturdays throughout the year, we offer the same wide range of produce that we provide to our subscription produce box (CSA) clients and to our customers at the two other farmer’s markets we attend. The market often coincides with events put on by the River Bluffs development, including everything from car shows to oyster roasts and live music concerts. And, as always, market attendees can get a table at Porches to sample some of Chef Erin’s creations. Please check the River Bluffs Farm Market page on Facebook for specific dates and events, but, as always, the market is located at 1030 Chair Road, Castle Hayne, N.C. 28429. River Bluffs is a hidden gem. You’re in the right place when you see the gatehouse to the River Bluffs community. Don’t let the gate deter you, the public is always welcome!
Vendors for Saturday, January 12, 2019
Turner Family Farms – Ian will be at the market with the same items our CSA subscription produce box clients received on Thursday (more or less 🙂 He’s going to have a really nice selection this week as mentioned above.
Feast for the Gods – Chefs Alexis and Betsy Fouros are our mainstay at the River Bluffs Farm Market offering Greek and Mediterranean delicacies every week. They always have their famous spice rubs, cookbooks and baklava, but this week they are bringing Alexis’s Greek meatballs as mentioned above. Yum.
Vineyards on the Scuppernong – Sarah Barbee is new to the River Bluffs Farm Market, but she wowed a lot of people last Saturday with her family’s selection of wines. We met her at the Poplar Grove Plantation’s Merry Little Christmas Festival. In addition to the muscadine wines famous in Eastern North Carolina, Sara offers some exceptional dry wines as well including a Merlot that I highly recommend. We love having Sarah at the market because if nobody shows up, well, we crack the wine bottle!! — Just kidding………………sort of.
The PVC Bird Lady – Julie is a Southport resident that creates clever and imaginative bird forms out of PVC. I have a feeling these birds are going to be in a lot of yards inside and outside of River Bluffs because they went like hotcakes last week. These things are so cool. You have to see them in person to appreciate them – very unique and whimsical.
Bonardi-Allen Glass Art – Lauren Bonardi- Allen returning, too! She is an exceptional art-glass maker who has been featured at the Cameron Art Museum. I’ll get proper pictures of her work for next week’s post. Lauren and Dave have really beautiful works of art and we are so glad to have a little culture at the market!!