CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
In light of the most recent residential and commercial development taking place on Scotts Hill Loop Road, Poplar Grove Foundation Inc. will be restructuring all its operations in 2024 to include the operation and sustainability of the Farmers’ Market. We will keep you posted regarding the relaunching of the 2024 season!
The Farmers’ Market at Poplar Grove provides an opportunity for local growers and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers. The market strives to promote local farmers & the use of local products, provide the local community with an opportunity to get to know their farmer, their baker, their artisan marker, and educate the public on the history of agriculture at Poplar Grove.
One of the special qualities of a Farmers’ Market is the interaction with the farmers growing and producing fresh produce, landscaping & bedding plants, or meeting herbalists growing herbs and mixing scented salves and oils, bakers creating homemade cookies and desserts, and artisans making handmade soaps, cutting boards, jewelry, and accessories for home, hearth and garden.
Within the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Poplar Grove is first and foremost a museum complex dedicated to education, preservation and conservation. We will create opportunities to:
1) reflect upon the historical practices of a self-sustaining farm through the history enslavement, tenant farming, legislation, technology, and the heritage arts
2) promote the values and traditions of local communities and cultural landscapes as it reflects past, present and future human activity
3) initiate meaningful dialogue that builds upon the values of respect, empathy, cultural diversity, multiple perspectives, and democratic principles
4) share the significance and spirit of place as a shared resource by preserving the natural habitat and architectural harmony indigenous to the lower Cape Fear region
The outbuildings and stable fence lines of the museum complex can be explored during market hours. However, tours of the manor house require a ticket purchase. Adjacent, and operated independently from Poplar Grove, is the Abbey Nature Preserve, with trails open and free to the public year-round.
Join us every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM between April 12, 2023 and September 27, 2023 for the Farmers’ Market.
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!
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. Applications for 2023 now available. Please note that all returning vendors must fill out an application.
Farm Advocacy Resources & Information
Green & Sustainable Resources & Information
The Pender County Master Gardeners (PCMG) 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. View the Greenhouse managed by the PCMG and check out their efforts in the Herb Garden and Ornamental Garden by the Basket Gallery.
School Visits and Camp Programs
School groups and camp programs are welcome to visit the market. However, as a school-sponsored activity, educators must register.
Teachers are required to register their classes to ensure that everyone has a safe, educational and enjoyable visit. Contact Caroline Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before your visit, please use this guide to prepare school groups: Five Dos and Don’ts at the Farmers Market
Every Wednesday is Family Day at the Market!
Community groups and local non-profit agencies are invited to have an educational or informational booth at the Farmers’ Market any Wednesday during our months of operation. Please contact the Suzette Cooper, Market Manager, for more information: email@example.com.
Poplar Grove is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Your contribution is tax deductible and helps to keep vendor fees competitive and cost effective and supports our local growers and producers by providing an outdoor retail space to share their produce, knowledge and skills.
House tours, facility rentals, events and festivals as well as your donations help keep vendor fees affordable, enable educational programming and special activities, and supports our mission of education, conservation and education.