If you have not been to the Raleigh State Farmers Market, it is well worth the time to go. It is conveniently located near any Raleigh NC home just off I-40 at the Lake Wheeler Road exit (#297). The hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 5:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays 8:00 am – 6:00 pm – every day of the year.
This facility is one of 5 Farmers Markets owned by the State of North Carolina and it is operated by the NC Department of Agriculture. The Raleigh Farmers Market is a fun place for young and old alike.
The Market covers 75 acres and has over 225,000 square feet of space that allow local NC Growers and producers to market their produce and other commodities.
The picture above shows the part of the 30,000 square feet that is allocated for North Carolina farmers to sell their fresh fruits, vegetables, foodstuffs, plants, and other specialty items. Here you will find plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs beginning in March. Local fruits and vegetables are sold throughout the growing season but there is always something exciting going on. During the Christmas season, there are Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias and other decorations.
There are also three restaurants located here – The Market Grill, the NC Seafood Restaurant and the State Farmers Market Restaurant.
The NC Seafood Restaurant specializes in serving fresh fried Calabash style and broiled seafood in a casual atmosphere.
The State Farmers Market Restaurant features home cooked breakfast and lunch every day. The State Farmer’s Market restaurant is open 363 days a year till 3pm, closed only 2 days, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
If you are new to the area or haven’t been to the Farmers Market in awhile, why not plan an outing this weekend.
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