Triangle To Do: Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market is popular draw

Posted on 08/01/12 No Comments

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market is growing in popularity

Every Wednesday for four hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., between the months of April and October, Downtown Raleigh reveals some of its historic roots.

At one time a heavily agricultural and craftsman-based economy, Raleigh is now considered one of the most popular places in the country for high-tech jobs. However, that doesn’t stop its urban center from becoming a once-a-week haven for fresh fruit, ripe vegetables and homemade goods during the now very popular Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market.

Okay, sure, there’s a hint of hipster trendiness to a farmers market today. We get it. But you don’t have to go there with the intention of finding a date or extolling the¬†virtues¬†of locally-sourced food. Maybe you just want something to do in Downtown. Or you just like fresh food. Point is, it’s bringing people to the city; and that’s always a good thing.

The market is occasionally amped up with special events, like this week’s Cheese Please! showcase, and has tie-ins with local groups that cross promote, which is good for everyone involved. The vendor list has grown significantly since the market’s launch in 2010 and includes coastal fisherman, regional farmers, ranchers and nursery owners.

Just like they were 100 years ago, famers markets still provide a great resource for local artisans and growers to sell their goods. They have also served as community gathering places, proverbial water coolers where rural families could gather to share news and swap stories. For countless areas around the south, farmers markets were the essence of commerce. With that in mind, the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market has flourished.

Check it out next week. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and is located at City Plaza on Fayetteville St.

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