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Farmers’ Market

For the finest and freshest North Carolina has to offer!

Every Wednesday 

April 1 – November 18

& Tuesday November 24, 2015

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 educate consumers on local farm products and practices, promote the use of local products and serve the community through programming and activities.

Get to know your farmer, your baker, your artisan maker! One of the great opportunities at the Farmers’ Market is the interaction with the people growing, catching, baking and producing your food and other products. Shopping with our local growers and producers for fresh produce, landscape & bedding plants, herbs, baked goods and the best in handmade art & craft items at the market is an awesome experience! The grounds of beautiful historic Poplar Grove Plantation will be open on market day, there is easy access from highway 17 and plenty of free parking. Join us on opening day and every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM to meet and support our truly local growers and producers!

For market updates, any possible changes to the market schedule and to see information about weekly market products please see our Facebook page:  Facebook/FarmersMarketPoplarGrove  And don’t forget to ‘like’ us and share!

Vendor information:

If you are interested in applying to be a vendor for the 2015 market season please read the Fees, rules, regs and the By Laws to determine your eligibility for the market.  Contact BJ Ryan at before submitting an application and for any questions.  Click here for the 2015 season  Application


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, look at our Support section on the website or contact  You can also donate through Pay Pal 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 aid our local economy, help keep vendor fees affordable, enable educational programming and special activities.  More importantly donations help ensure that the market remains to support our local food community of growers and producers while serving our customers 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 that can be carried are free (no strollers please).

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 for liability purposes and 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 ♦ June 24, 2015; special exhibits & activities 10 AM – 1 PM

Thank you to all the groups and organizations that participated in Family Day!

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 Auxilary.

Plus Corey, making awesome ‘backpack balloon animals’, Chad our champion hot dog griller, Cora the master of the market raffle booth and her helpers, Autumn & Payton.  A good time was had by all!  Proceeds from the hot dogs and raffle support the Farmers’ Market at Poplar Grove.  And our market vendors, many of them had special kid-friendly items and activities at their booths.

Community groups and local non-profit agencies are invited to have an educational, informational booth at Family Day, 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 public charity, your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent allowable by the law.  Thank you!