Dowdy Park Famer’s Market
One of the many casualties of the pandemic has been the cancellation of numerous outdoor events along the Outer Banks. From seafood festivals to fishing tournaments the string of cancellations now extends into November.
Happily, the Town of Nags Head was able to find a way to hold their summer series of Farmer’s Market into its third year and vendors and customers cooperate in following the protocols of social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands with amazing success.
Weather permitting, the event is open every Thursday in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the town’s Dowdy Park near Milepost 11, just north of Nags Head Elementary School. Parking is available at the park and additional parking at the school until classes resume.
July 30 is the next scheduled event and subsequent markets are on tap for August 6, 13, 20 and 27.
The Buzz visited the market on July 23 for a firsthand look.
We were greeted by Paige Griffin, the town’s Events Coordinator. Griffin outlined the process the town went through with vendors and the protocols they put in place for vendors and patrons.
The Buzz team took a short video tour, interviewing a vendor and some out-of-town visitors to provide our viewers a good look at how the process is working in real-life. We found compliance with the mask and social distancing policies to be virtually universal and the attendees were enjoying browsing and making purchases in spite of the heat.
Don’t let the Farmer’s Market moniker fool you. While there were plenty of choices for locally-grown produce and locally-made food products ranging from spices to honey to jams and jellies, local craft artisans and artists were present in abundance selling jewelry, yard ornaments, home-made dolls and just about anything else one might think of at an outdoor market.
These are one-of-a-kind products that make for unique items to take home or for that special Outer Banks gift for the holiday season.
But don’t take our word for it! Watch the video and then make a plan to visit the market and see for yourself! And after your visit make a short run to the Beach Run for an after-shopping lunch at several nearby restaurants or continue your day of shopping at the many specialty stores just to the north and south of the market. There are even more stores and restaurants along the bypass (Highway 158) a few minutes away from the Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market.