Did you know the four state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh are open year round? That means you can support local farmers throughout the year. October is a great time to find pumpkins, apples and grapes, as well as plants, trees and shrubs for your fall landscaping projects.
In addition to the wide variety of fall produce, meats and cheeses, and other specialty products, the markets will be hosting the following special events this month.
WNC Farmers Market, Asheville – On Saturday, Oct. 10, the market will host a Master Gardener Plant Clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers with N.C. State’s Master Gardener Program will help identify horticultural pests, plant care and management of plant diseases.
Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax – The Triad market will host the Piedmont Antique Power Association Tractor Show on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a wide array of antique farm equipment.
October 3 is also Fire Safety Day at the market. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can learn about fire safety and how to protect their homes.
State Farmers Market, Raleigh – The State Farmers Market will host its annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest on Thursday, Oct. 8. Visitors can drop off decorated pumpkins for judging with the chance to win bragging rights and prizes. The winning pieces will be on display at the farmers market.