Greenville's biggest farmer's market is a bit more of an excursion to get to then the Umbrella market in downtown, but if you want to get the best of what East Carolina has to offer at a good, low price, then you'll definitely want to take a peek at what's hiding down Country Home Road.
Location: 4560 Country Home Road, Greenville, NC 27834.
Directions: Head onto East Firetower Rd. Country Home Road is where the Sheetz's is, head past the Sheetz's and drive down a ways until you see the market on your right.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM. To 3 PM on Friday's. (March thru December)
For a more precise list, the farmer's market has a neat "What's in Season" chart which you can find here. For the most part, you'll find everything you find at the Umbrella market here. The Pitt County farmer's market stands out with a larger collection to pick from, whether it's peppers or various root vegetables. Along with the usually suspects, you'll also find a few interesting subjects at the end of the aisle, including a bread and grain man, a herb stand, and a large and robust collection of jarred stuff including jams and pickles of all shapes and sizes.
Note: My Pitt County Farmer's Market experiences have usually been Saturdays. Days may fluctuate in produce.
The usual suspects:
Like the Umbrella market, you'll also find a seafood vendor most weekends.
Along with the produce, you'll also find an interesting array of eats. Breakfast can be found in the form of fruit empanadas at road side of the building. Crispy, sweet, and succulent, they provide a nice pick-me-up while browsing the morning goods. My favorites so far have been the mango and peach, but they have a large variety to fit anyone's tastes. $1.50 a piece for those who are curious. On the other end are the bakers, which will easily tickle your sweet tooth with their concoctions. Some surprising French baked treats were present this past week. Outside the main building is a newcomer to the market, a red hot, hot dog stand. While it seemed like just another dog stand at first glance, the allure of a good beef hot dog was too hard to pass up, especially at $2.00 and with an AMAZING sweet pepper relish on top. Well worth the stop for any hot dog lovers out there.
Overall, Pitt County's Farmer's Market is a great place to stop and pick up affordable produce for the week while picking up a few nice bites to eat. Unfortunately, unlike the Umbrella Market you won't find any extra activities to keep the family busy here, but if you're aiming for the produce then you'll definitely want to make this your regular stop for local goods within the Greenville area.