Fresh and local
by Victoria Bourne
The green, barn-like shelter beckons from its roadside spot along the state highway, just a couple miles south of the U.S. 64 intersection on Roanoke Island. Under its shady confines, you’ll find fresh eggs, vegetables, canned goods and pasture-raised meats, as well as handmade soaps and tinctures, coffee and kombucha, and local artisans’ wares each Wednesday and Saturday until Thanksgiving.
The Secotan Market in Wanchese celebrates its second season this year. Co-founder Eric Soderholm of Croatan Gardens and his wife, Ladd, raise shitake mushrooms on logs and grow heirloom tomatoes and peppers as well as turmeric and ginger.
He says the market is a collaborative effort, created by a group of like-minded people, committed to selling only what they produce.
“We believe every village on the Outer Banks should have a farmers-market opportunity,” he says. “(It’s) our small part to contribute to a growing local-food network and system in Dare County.”