Best farmers' markets
Some are neighborly, others enormous. Some selective, others offer food, goods and even full meals. I had the pleasure of touring and tasting area farmers' markets.Posted — Updated
What better way to start a summer weekend than with fresh produce and homemade sweets. These are the draws for farmers' markets big and small across the area. Some are neighborly, others enormous. Some selective, others offer food, goods and even full meals. I had the pleasure of touring and tasting to find our Five Faves. If I've missed your spot, be sure to share it in the comments.
Mosey along the long rows of shops and stalls, including 15,000 square feet of indoor shopping. The easy-access location, just off Interstate 40 in Raleigh, means shoppers from all around make the stop for fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants.
If the state market is too overwhelming, there are smaller options in many locales.
The Apex market is open year-round, with shorter hours during the winter.
Each caters to a local shopper base with a smaller number of vendors but still covers the basics – fruits, veggies, flowers, cheese, meat or seafood. You might find only one cheese or flower vendor at these smaller markets, but you will know their wares grew less than an hour away.
Vendors overflow the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. In addition to an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce, shop from artisans of cheese, soap, wood and textiles. Join a hands-on class to learn how to enjoy the fruits of the field. Sit on the curb to enjoy live music – there were three musicians playing on the day I visited.
The Durham Farmers Market is open year-round, with shorter hours December through March.