Getting Fresh Since 1996

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market began in 1996, when three small family farms wanted a place to sell their products directly to the community.  A strong community has developed at the market over the years.  The town of Cary has come to know and trust the farmers who make their food while sampling produce, learning about where and how the food is grown, and talking about recipes with other shoppers.

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market has grown since those three farmers began, and now welcomes not only farmers but also artisans such as coffee roasters, bakers, and craftsmen.  Together, we share a passion for fresh and local products!

Local Roots

All of our growers must live and grow or raise their products within 100 miles of downtown Cary, North Carolina.  We like for our growers to focus on environmental best practices, using minimal fertilizers and chemicals, including no post-harvest chemicals.  They use responsible methods of raising meat animals, and near-organic methods of growing crops.  The only way to have fresher or healthier vegetables, fruits and meats is to grow them yourself!

Good Eggs

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is made possible by our Market Manager, our dedicated team of board members and many outstanding volunteers!

Market Manager, Rick Savage

A customer since 1996, Rick was a natural choice to lead the Cary Downtown Farmers Market!  He took the reins in 2015 and has helped the market to continue to grow as an important community resource.

As the founder of the Carolina Wetlands Association, and a former North Carolina wetlands researcher, Rick brings a wealth of environmental knowledge to this role.  He is also passionately involved in the Town of Cary, serving as the Chair of the Town of Cary Environmental Advisory Board and as a volunteer of the Town of Cary Festivals Committee.  Rick studied at Virginia Tech, where he received a B.S. and Masters in Systems Engineering.  He also has a Masters in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University.

Rick lives in Cary with his wife, Debbie, and their family of dogs!  His favorite part of the market is getting to meet new people and talking with customers.


Our Board Members

  • Doc Thorne, President
  • Scott Korbin, Vice President
  • Shuchi Gupta, Secretary
  • Kristin Bullpit, Treasurer
  • David Dumers
  • Sheila Ogle
  • Donna Walker
  • Kerry Mead
  • Sarah Justice
  • Dan Pike
  • Lisbeth Rasmusen
WINTER: Open Saturdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC