Farmers markets moving to Whirligig Park this season

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Wilson’s two farmers markets are moving to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.

The markets will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Pavilion at Whirligig Park.

The market starts back on April 21 and continues to Oct. 27.

Since 2012, the downtown market location at Green Street has been held on Wednesday mornings only, with a Saturday market being held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 301. With the November opening of the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Historic Downtown Wilson, the Farmers Market Association has, in conjunction with Wilson Downtown Development Corporation and the city of Wilson, decided to hold both the Wednesday and Saturday markets at Whirligig Park.

The Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market specializes in locally produced vegetables, fruits, meats, honey, eggs, fresh baked goods, seedlings, plants and flowers.

Over the years, artisans and artists have joined the market offering handcrafted items such as jewelry and paintings, soaps and lotions, Adirondack and pallet furniture, and home-baked breads and desserts. The market’s new home features a large, multi-purpose shelter that will shade both the vendors and customers. 

Adjacent to the structure, designed with a roof line emulating the historic tobacco warehouse that once sat on the park site, are welcoming picnic tables where visitors can enjoy the tasty treats available from the wide array of market offerings and food trucks.

In addition, a grassy green for lounging and games, a stage for special musical or performance guests and beautiful landscaping create a multifaceted experience convenient and appealing for employees seeking a work day break, family and group outings, and visitors traveling to experience the 30 massive colorful, kinetic works of Vollis Simpson.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the new Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market, visit https://www.historicdowntownwilson.com/farmers-market/ and click on the “Become a Vendor” button.