The produce selection at the grocery store might be sparse, but local farms and produce stands are just gearing up for another season — while taking proper sanitary precautions. Here’s where you can skip the chaos and buy local.
:: Kalawi Farms and Ben’s Ice Cream: Kalawi Farms in Eagle Springs opens on Thursday. Grab ice cream from inside their air-conditioned counter, or check out the jump pillow and play area this weekend during their opening celebration. Online at https://www.kalawifarm.net/.
:: Karefree Produce: Karefree is hoping to open for strawberry season sometime in the second week of April. In the mean time, you can find other produce, ready-to-cook meals and ice cream in their general store.
:: Ithíka Acres Creamery: This Raeford farm is now open on Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. in addition to their regular hours of Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
:: Moore County Farmers Markets: The Farmers Market at Armory Park in Southern Pines is open year-round on Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The downtown Southern Pines farmers market will open on Saturday mornings after from 8 a.m. until noon. They’ll also be at First Health Fitness Center on Monday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.
:: Sandhills Farmers Market: The Sandhills Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on the Village Green at Tuft’s Memorial Park in Pinehurst.
:: Johnson Family Produce and General Store: Johnson Family Produce delivers to different areas on certain days of the week. To get on the list for delivery, text Amanda at 910-986-2650.
:: Paradox Farms: Order your goat cheese online, or message them on Facebook.
:: Happy Goat Ranch: Happy Goat Ranch, at 1508 U.S. 15-501 in Carthage, has plenty of produce and baby farm animals for kids to play with. Call 910-315-2058.
:: C.V. Pilson Farm: is offering free delivery in a 5-mile radius for the choice produce. Ready-to-cook sweet potato fries are on the list of options.
:: Sanford Farmers Market: The market opens at 8 a.m. on April 25, at 115 Chatham Street in downtown Sanford. You’ll find goats milk soap from Barefoot Creek Farm, cheese from Paradox Farm, and produce from White Hill Farm.
See one that we missed? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll keep this list updated as more stands open.