farm stands in Triangle?
Does anyone know of outlets other than the farmer's markets where one could buy produce directly from the grower? I was trying to remember where I had seen small farm stands in the past and the only one that came to mind was a gentleman on Erwin road who sporadically sells tomatoes from his garden. I would be particularly interested in any stands nears Chapel Hill or Carrboro.
In an ideal world the State Ag website would have a long list but it has only 2 listings in Orange County (http://www.ncfarmfresh.com/certifieds...). I remember seeing a guy selling produce out of a truck on Fayetteville St. near NCCU a while back but couldn't guess times or days of the week.
There is a farm stand out 54 as you get into Graham that has a mix of local and non-local produce. Some days it is a good selection, other days they don't have much I'd want to eat.
A useful strategy might be to ask around at the Farmer's Market. If a producer you like doesn't have farm sales, they may know someone who does.
You could call farms in the area and ask if you can buy stuff directly from them. I used to do this with Tiny Farm in southern Durham until they moved to Hillsborough(?).
There are two farm stands that I know of - one on Falls of Neuse heading up toward Bedford/Wakefield area, and one on Creedmor Road closer in toward Crabtree Valley. I have no idea when they're there selling, but I've patronized and can recommend the produce from both.
I would recommend the farmer's market route as well. Unlike the Raleigh Farmer's Market, the ones in the CH area only carry local small farmstead products. In terms of availability, it's fairly extensive, when in season:
Saturday AM and Wed PM - Carrboro
Sat AM and Wed PM - Hillsborough
Thurs PM - Southern Village
Tues PM - Fearrington Village
Sat AM - Durham
Thurs PM - Pittsboro
Weaver Street tries hard to source local produce/meat/cheese whenever possible as well.