This weekend, the State Farmers Market will pass a milestone as it celebrates 20 years of operation at its “new” location. During that time, Raleigh’s population has nearly doubled from about 212,000 people to more than 400,000. And, while the location off Lake Wheeler Road has become the State Farmers Market for many in the Triangle, its not the original location. After more than 30 years of operation at a facility off Capital Boulevard, the State Farmers Market welcomed visitors to its current location with a grand opening ceremony May 22, 1991.
It’s a strange and happy coincidence that this weekend also is one of the rare times during the N.C. growing season when strawberries, blueberries and peaches will be available at the same time. Come celebrate this special time of the season and show your support for the State Farmers Market’s ongoing contribution to Raleigh.
In addition to the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, the department operates farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Lumberton. Markets are reporting a selection of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, yellow squash, greenhouse tomatoes, trees, flowers and vegetable plants. You can find other farmers markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms online at www.ncfarmfresh.com.