Market Report: What’s available this weekend at your local farmers market?

by | Sep 10, 2015

pumpkinsYour regional farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh are full of delicious fall produce like apples and grapes, as well as a large selection of late-summer favorites. Selections vary by location, so read on to see what’s available at the market near you.

WNC Farmers Market, Asheville – The apple varieties are becoming more plentiful by the day at the WNC Farmers Market.  Also, pumpkins of many colors, and sizes are coming in from the traditional Jack-O-Lantern to the unique varieties such as Cinderella and One Too Many.  Peaches are slowing down with end-of-the-season varieties now coming in.  Other local produce available is tomatoes, okra, potatoes, sweet potatoes, many varieties of peppers, corn, Asian pears, muscadines, scuppernogs, and summer and fall squash.  The Retail Buildings continue to carry locally grown fresh produce, jams, jellies, local honey, homemade fudge, Amish butter, local cheese, seafood, essential oils, wines, handmade crafts and so much more.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Charlotte – The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market has apples, grapes, muscadines, peaches, plums, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, beans, peppers, leafy greens, pumpkins, onions, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, various meat products, seafood, cut flowers, nursery plants, baked goods, culinary specialty items and handmade crafts.

SPECIAL EVENT: Art and Craft Fair Day is Saturday, September 12. The market will highlight the wonderfully handmade items from its artisans and crafters.

Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax – Market vendors have plenty of N.C. apples, with new varieties being added each week. You will find a full line of produce at the market including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, string beans, peas, new crop sweet potatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes, eggplants, peaches, cabbage, corn, sweet and hot peppers, new potatoes, blackberries, pears, herbs and more. There’s also award-winning goat milk cheeses, home baked goods, N.C. wine, candies, sauces, fresh salsa and local pimento cheese. You can find chicken, beef, pork, lamb and fresh seafood from the coast. And, if you are ready to start some fall planting, you’ll find more trees, shrubbery and bedding plants.

SPECIAL EVENT: On Saturday, Sept. 12. The market will host the Taste Carolina Wine Festival. The annual event features tastings from more than a dozen local wineries, as well as live music and other entertainment.

State Farmers Market, Raleigh – Stop by the State Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, like new crop sweet potatoes, muscadine grapes, a great selection of apples, apple cider and other apple products. You’ll also find peanuts, and of course all of the summer harvest that is still coming in. The market also has an abundant supply of herbs, perennials, trees, shrubbery and mums.

UPCOMING EVENT: On Friday, Sept. 18, the market will be celebrating Grape Day. Stop by for samples of locally grown grapes, wines and other grape products.