5 local spots to find farm-fresh eggs in Greensboro

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Agriculture pulls in more than $84 billion a year in North Carolina and employs more than 17% of the workforce, making it the state’s largest industry. Poultry, a category that includes broilers, turkeys, and eggs, is the largest sector of NC’s agricultural industry, contributing more than $2.8 billion to the state’s economy annually.

In Greensboro, North Carolina A&T University acts as a hub for this industry, hosting a 492-acre working farm 5 miles from campus that raises crops and livestock including dairy and beef cattle, poultry, swine, horses, meat goats, and sheep, acting as a research and business incubation facility. 

While the university donates much of its produce — more than 15,580 pounds last year — to food banks and other organizations, access to fresh food remains an issue for many in the area. Fortunately, spring is farmers market season, a time when shoppers can find farm-fresh produce while supporting any number of local vendors in a single trip. 

For folks looking for fresh eggs from area farms in Gate City, there are locally owned options you can count on throughout the year, including Triad Meat Co. and Town & Country Meat & Produce. 

Below, we give the lowdown on those spots and three farmers markets to visit now that spring is here. Happy shopping. 

Triad Meat Co.

3023 Randleman Road, Greensboro

Photo courtesy of Triad Meat Company via Facebook.

Using no chemicals, no preservatives, and no antibiotics, Triad Meat Co.’s slogan is “You can’t beat our meat.” You can, however, beat their eggs — in fact, you’ll need to if you want them scrambled. 

First opened as A&W Meats more than 50 years ago then rebranded to Ann’s Triad Meats in the 1980s, this family-owned business offers up brown eggs by the dozen or by the flat (30 eggs). 

Town & Country Meat & Produce

2008 W Vandalia Road, Greensboro

Photo courtesy of Town & Country Meat & Produce Market, LLC via Facebook.

Fresh, local eggs are just one of the many items you’ll find on the list of offerings from Town & Country Meat & Produce. They get a fresh delivery of eggs from D.B. Freeman Farm in Pleasant Garden every Friday. In fact, if you order the Economy Package — 4 pounds of ground beef, 4 pounds of chicken wings, 4 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 2 pounds of bacon, 2 pounds of country pork sausage, and 2 pounds of lean stew beef for $70 — they’ll throw in a dozen large eggs for free just to sweeten the deal. 

Speaking of sweetening the deal, a bonus for the young at heart at Town & Country is the Olde Fashioned Candy Counter, which serves all the old-time favorites ranging from Claey’s Old Fashioned Lemon Drops to Opal’s peanut brittle. 

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro

Photo courtesy of Greensboro Farmers Curb Market via Facebook.

All vendors at the Curb Market produce what they sell within 100 miles of Yanceyville Street, and with 35 farms on this year’s vendor list, there will be no shortage of selection when it comes to eggs—or any produce, for that matter. The indoor market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, with the Wednesday Midweek Market reopening on April 10 during the same hours. 

While the program used to only be available on Saturdays, shoppers can take advantage of SNAP Double Bucks on either day this year.  

Garden Valley Farmers Market

4204 N. Church St., Greensboro

Photo courtesy of Garden Valley Farmers Market via Facebook.

With hundreds of different types of flowers and plants, a huge local produce section to choose from, beautiful pottery for sale, canned goods to stock up on, and so much more to look at, you’re likely to always find what you’re looking for at the Greensboro Garden Valley location, just 10 minutes from downtown. 

The market opens from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, closing an hour early at 6 p.m. on Sundays. 

The Corner Farmers Market

2105 West Market St., Greensboro 

Photo courtesy of The Corner Farmers Market via Facebook.

Started in 2013 at the corner of Walker and Elam Avenues in Lindley Park, The Corner has since moved into a larger space in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Launched by urban farmer Stephen Johnson of Elam Gardens, the community-run marketplace provides customers a venue to interact directly with local growers, makers, and bakers while remaining committed to supporting the financial sustainability and food security of both vendors and customers.

The market operates every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to noon. 


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  • Ryan Pitkin

    Ryan Pitkin is a writer and editor based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he runs an alternative weekly newspaper called Queen City Nerve. He is also editor of NoDa News, a community newsletter in the neighborhood where he has lived for 15 years.

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