Buy local this Thanksgiving

by | Nov 23, 2011

With hundreds of farmers markets and roadside stands across the state, it’s easy to buy locally grown ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal. Three of the five state-operated farmers markets will be open Thanksgiving day, so you can pick up any last-minute additions for your family gathering.

We recently stopped by the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and found a bounty of fresh greens, sweet potatoes and apples. There were also plenty of green, red and specialty peppers, greenhouse tomatoes, cabbage, onions and pecans.

In addition to Thanksgiving plans, now is also a good time to start thinking about your Christmas decorations.

Starting this week, you can find local Christmas trees at the farmers markets in Asheville, Colfax, Charlotte and Raleigh. North Carolina is the second-largest Christmas tree producer in the nation, and there’s a large selection of quality trees available. Several of the markets will have extended hours just for the Christmas trees. You also can find natural wreaths and other holiday decorations to prepare for the season.

Holiday Hours:
WNC Farmers Market: Retail building closed, but Christmas trees available 24 hours in wholesale building Thanksgiving day. Regular operating hours resume Friday.

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market: Market Shoppes closed, but farmers market and Moose Cafe open Thanksgiving. Christmas trees available in Farmers Area 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving. Regular operating hours resume Friday.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Closed Thanksgiving. Regular operating hours resume Friday.

State Farmers Market: Regular operating hours on Thanksgiving.

Southeastern N.C. Farmers Market: Closed Thanksgiving. Regular operating hours resume Friday.

On behalf of the department, the public affairs staff would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!