Four area farmers’ markets will go head-to-head between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, for the Triangle Farmer Foodshare Challenge. The markets—Carrboro, Durham, South Estes in Chapel Hill and Western Wake in Cary—will each try to collect a minimum of 1,000 pounds of fresh food to donate to local folks in need.

Though each market gathers food throughout the year for such outreach, Michelle McKinley, communications and marketing director at Western Wake, says the markets are ready to up their game with “some friendly competition” in order to support “folks who need food on their table” and local farmers.

There are three ways to participate in the challenge. Visit one of the four markets, buy extra food during your visit, and drop it off at a designated Farmer Foodshare Donation Station before you leave. If you don’t have the hands to carry extra produce through the market, take cash to the station and someone will do the shopping for you. Or, if you can’t make it to a market at all, make a donation online. The Abundance Foundation will collect funds for the cause on their website at

Carrboro Farmers’ Market (301 West Main Street, Carrboro,
Durham Farmers’ Market (501 Foster Street, Durham,
South Estes Farmers’ Market (201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill,
Western Wake Farmers’ Market (1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary,