Residents in the Ghent neighborhood are begging for help from City Hall to do something about cars using residential streets as cut-throughs, raising the question, why wouldn’t City Hall help? Could it be that City Hall doesn’t want to be seen as responsive when residents ask for help? That’s actually been an argument (“We don’t want to help you because then we’d have to help everyone”). Could it be that City Hall thinks that throttling back on Ghent cut-through traffic will only push the problem elsewhere? (That actually happened recently when through-traffic was blocked and cars — temporarily — used nearby streets as a detourRead More →

An effort by New Bern city staff to start a farmer’s market at City Market on First Street was dealt a crippling blow on Friday when a key partner announced it is backing out of the plan. The city was going after a $200,817 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund to beef up plans to revitalize its old Electric Utility Yard on First Street. The plan, called the Volt Center, is well underway and includes a classroom area in partnership with Craven Community College. That much has been publicly known. What wasn’t known outside tight circles around City Hall was a revived effortRead More →

You’ll want to get your taxes done and your schedule freed up for the myriad of events and activities in and around Downtown New Bern the weekend of April 12-14. The weekend is packed with home tours, a concert, art gallery tours, a 5K run, and wine, beer and spirits tastings. “What’s nice about it is that it brings all kinds of elements together,” said Lynne Harakal, director of Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street organization for Downtown New Bern. Whether you’re a local or coming in town for the weekend, there are opportunities for a lot of different activities, she said. New to DowntownRead More →

City is seeking a grant to create a new farmers market-type enterprise at the City Market location on First Street. No surprise there. The city floated the idea years ago when it tried to move the existing Farmers Market from South Front Street to the City Market location. That’s how City Market got its name. The city backed off a strong-arm approach amid a vigorous opposition from Farmers Market members and customers, and renewed the lease on the facility last year. The city changed the name of the main building on the First Street property to the Volt Center and partnered with Craven Community CollegeRead More →

On Saturday,  Nov. 10, the New Bern Farmer’s Market turns over its building to the 3rd Annual Rockin’ for Relief for  Homeless Veterans and, in partnership with CresCom Bank, takes its 70 vendors across South Front Street to the parking lot of the bank.  Market hours  for this outdoor red, white and blue event remain 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Veterans Benefit Concert will take place in the Market building from noon until 6 p.m.  All proceeds will go to the Religious Community Services Project for Homeless Veterans.  Featured performers include The Peace Soldier Band,  Shoot to Thrill,  Strung Together, The Joe Baes ProjectRead More →

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain invites families in New Bern and surrounding areas to a community dinner for those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Provided in partnership with sponsors Toyota of New Bern and Taco Bell, guests are invited to take a break from recovery efforts to have dinner and fellowship and pick up much needed supplies for those who need them, with music provided by CapitalDJ. WHAT: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain holding Community Dinner. Admission is free. WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 6:30pm until 8:30pm WHERE: New Bern Farmer’s Market, 401 S. Front Street, New Bern The missionRead More →

The New Bern Farmer’s Market re-opens Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 a.m. thanks in part to the “wonderful Band of Brothers from the 113th Field Artillery of the North Carolina National Guard,” the group said in a news release. For the near term, The Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market has been power washed and sanitized, debris has been removed, and up to 70 vendors are ready to meet your needs with local produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items. Celebrating the re-opening, the 22-person “Craven Ukes” will be entertaining shoppers with many of the old timeRead More →

Normally folks come to the New Bern Farmer’s Market to see, to sample and to buy locally grown fresh produce and other farm products, to smell the sweet aroma of fresh baked items and to enjoy the wide array of beautifully hand-crafted items. And that’s the norm! Along comes Florence who did none of the above and thoughtlessly deposited 4 feet of yucky water. And so…like so many of our fellow Downtown Merchants, the massive clean-up has begun. The clean-up consists of a thorough power washing of all building surfaces, tables, chairs and other contents followed by complete sanitizing of all surfaces to insure thatRead More →

NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS | Farmer markets around the state will have another month in the busy summer growing season to figure out how to keep accepting food assistance benefits electronically at their stands. The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) announced Thursday it will send a month’s worth of  operating funds to technology company Nova Dia Group to keep its MarketLink software running until the end of August, according to a news release sent out Thursday. The move came just two weeks before 1,700 farmers markets around the county, including 45 in North Carolina, would have to stop accepting the  Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT)Read More →