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Farmers’ Market

For the Finest & Freshest,

Join Us Every Wednesday

April  –  October

8 AM – 1 PM


The Farmers’ Market at Poplar Grove was established to provide a retail outlet for local growers and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers. The market strives to promote local farmers & the use of local products, educate consumers on conservation practices, and provide the local community an opportunity to get to know their farmer, their baker, their artisan maker!

One of the special qualities of a Farmers’ Market is the interaction with the people growing, catching, baking and producing fresh produce, landscaping & bedding plants, herbs, baked goods and the best in handmade art & craft items.

Within the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the grounds of beautiful historic Poplar Grove are open and free to the public on market day. Located on Highway 17 and easily accessible from the I-140 Bypass, there is plenty of free parking, picnic tables, and a playground.  Visit the Animal Sanctuary, Basket Gallery, Gift Shop, and exhibits with information on blacksmithing, peanuts, weaving and slavery.  Adjacent, and operated independently from Poplar Grove, is the Abbey Nature Preserve, with trails open and free to the public year-round.

Join us on opening day and every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM to meet and support local growers and producers!

For market updates, possible changes to the market schedule and information about weekly market products, please visit our Facebook page: Facebook/FarmersMarketPoplarGrove.  Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us and share!

Vendor Information

If you are interested in applying to be a vendor, please review the Fees, Rules, Regs and the By-Laws to determine eligibility for the market.  Click here for the 2015 season Application.  The 2016 Application is currently under review and will be available after December 14, 2016.


Each market day, you can help by donating at the entrance, just look for the watering cans! Poplar Grove membership and sponsorship can be designated for the Farmers’ Market. Click on our Support tab on the website. You can also donate through PayPal using the Donate button at the bottom of this page.  

Your donations support new and family farmers and small businesses, as well as contribute to the stability and growth of the Farmers’ Market on the grounds of Poplar Grove. Donations help keep vendor fees affordable, enable educational programming and special activities, and support our conservation efforts. More importantly, donations help support our local food community of growers and producers while serving the community for years to come.

Grillin’ in the Grove

The first Wednesday of each month, (weather permitting), you will be able to taste fresh samples of market foods.  Visit Chef Alexis at The Creative Market Place booth to see and taste the goodness of local produce, seafood, meats and more. Available until the chef runs out!

Gardening Expertise

The Pender County Master Gardeners hold a free Plant Clinic the 2nd Wednesday of each month at their Ask a Master Gardener booth. Stop by their booth for answers to your garden-related questions. You can also bring in plants for identification or diagnosis of plant and garden problems.

Barn Yard Tours

Each Wednesday, the Animal Sanctuary at Poplar Grove will be open for Barn Yard tours from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Tours will start on the hour and half-hour, you must have closed-toe shoes to take the Barn Yard tour.  Fee: $5.00 per person, small children who can be carried are free. No strollers inside the barn yard.

School Programs

School and pre-school groups are welcome to visit the market, please see our To Market To Market – Food, Farm & Fun! school program, (Program 4), for more information.

Teachers are required to register their classes to ensure that everyone has a safe, educational and enjoyable visit.  Before your visit, we ask that you use this guide to prepare school groups.  Five Dos and Don’ts at the Farmers Market

Family Day at the Market

Special exhibits & activities 10 AM – 1 PM.

Thank you to all the groups and organizations that participated in Family Day on June 24, 2015!

Cape Fear Community College/Surf City Campus, Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, Cape Fear River Watch, Coastal Care Tri-County System of Care Community Collaborative, Feast Down East/Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, The Bair Foundation, Paws 4 People Foundation, Pender County Bee Keepers Association, Pender County EMS & Fire Department, Pender County Sheriff Department, US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Community groups and local non-profit agencies are invited to have an educational, informational booth at the Farmers’ Market, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Please contact us to inquire about participation in Family Day in June of 2016.

Poplar Grove is a non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible.  Thank you!