By Rebecca Jones, Special at News-Times
BEAUFORT – Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is sweeter and more beautiful.
The Saturday morning sun that usually reigns over the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market will turn into an evening with soft, twinkling lights, choking in the air and holiday cheer. The Olde Fashioned Holiday Market started in 2015 with a small group of original enthusiastic and dedicated OBFM members. This premier evening holiday market established what has become a highly anticipated seasonal event with shoppers near and far. This year’s market will take place on Saturday December 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cindy Bunch, market manager since 2016, has seen vendors drop from 25 attendees to 45 in the courthouse grounds every Saturday morning since then. The growth of the market has sparked the involvement of a large number of people who support and believe in the mission of the market which emphasizes health and wellness, education and the interactions and relationships shared between community members.
Bunch said, “I think the market has become a community gathering place that offers all who come the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors under the beautiful live oak trees on the grounds while shopping with local small entrepreneurs. whose economic livelihood is based on their opportunity to sell their locally grown, home-made and hand-made products and goods. The market informs and enriches the life of our beautiful coastal community and our way of life.
Almost all of them are citizens of Carteret County living across the county from east to west.
Bunch said, “I enjoy working with everyone involved in the market, including the board of directors, market staff and volunteers, vendors, community organizations, Friends of OBFM, businesses. locals, county and city officials, citizens of our community and the many shoppers who make the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market their Saturday morning destination. Working with all the players in the market gives me immense personal joy and fulfillment. And the Christmas Market is the icing on the cake!
Salesperson, Libby Steadman, says she looks forward to “the magic of people coming together to share ‘community’, the lights filling our hearts with a holiday spirit and supporting each other with wishes for a heartfelt holiday season in Carteret County. “
For the 75 or so vendors expected, the tents will be spaced for added security, offering fresh vegetables, meat, baked goods and everything needed for great holiday meals, as well as refined and creative artisan treasures. talented, perfect for your special holiday gifts. The scene in Court Square that evening will be magical, straight out of Charles Dickens!
The market will be bustling with busy vendors in festively decorated tents adorned with twinkling Christmas lights scattered throughout to light up the park. Holiday music performed live by local musicians will fill the nighttime air, and the excitement and joy of the enthusiastic shoppers make this special event an event that is sure to bring out the spirit of the holiday season in each.