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WEB EXCLUSIVE Locally source alllll the fruits and veggies from these Triangle farmers markets.
Farmers market produce just tastes better—it’s a fact. Getting your fruits and veggies fresh from the source—from the farmers who harvested them themselves!—is unbeatable, and nothing beats strolling through the stalls on a weekend, chatting with farmers and sampling a strawberry or two, only to walk away with everything you need to make a bomb meal later. Being an ag state, North Carolina has no shortage of farmers markets. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our local faves for you to peruse this weekend—and beyond.
The OG farmers market located near NC State’s campus, the State Farmers Market has it all—and is open every day year-round! Grab a drink from 321 Coffee—the rotating specials are always killer—before heading out to the main building to check out all the produce. And you can’t leave the market without grabbing a new plant to add some greenery to your home (we’re currently obsessed with all the adorable succulents—plus they’re practically unkillable). Hot tip: On Saturdays the wholesale building offers plenty o’ fresh produce at a reduced price!
Servicing both Durham and Raleigh, The Black Farmers Market is an opportunity to intentionally support Black farmers. Its goal is to not only provide healthy and affordable food options to communities with limited access, but also to bust the myth that healthy living is unattainable for all. The biweekly market rotates locations between Durham (second Sundays, 1—4pm) and Raleigh (fourth Sundays, 1—4pm), and fosters a community of inclusion and belonging.
Each Saturday morning from 9am to noon, this farmers market—nestled behind the old Mule and Tobacco Trade in Downtown Apex—is bustling with fresh seafood, plants, beauty products, artisan food products and, of course, fresh fruits and veggies, making it a one-stop shop for everything. Stroll through the market before heading over to Salem Street to check out the shops and maybe grab a beer or mimosa from Downtown Apex’s newest business, Highcraft Beer.
Located in Morrisville, this hidden gem of a market is ideal for anyone near RTP (or Triangle residents who needed to do some grocery shopping after hitting up the new Boxyard RTP). Staple vendors include Muddy Dog Roasting Company, Rebud Certified Organic Farm and Little River Ranch, so you can grab almost anything you may need for the week, from meat to fruits and veggies to pastries. Open every Saturday year-round from 8am to noon.
Say hello to the Triangle’s newest farmers market! In its inaugural summer, Phillips Farms Farmers Market boasts a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies straight from the farm. Plus, on select weekends, explore its expanded market featuring local vendors and food trucks. The market, which runs on both Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm, is the perfect family outing. Let the kiddos take a ride on the cow train while you grab local beer and flowers to spruce up the house!
Grab your reusable tote (#sustainability) and head over to Downtown Cary. This market is complete with kids’ activities, meat, fruits, veggies, goat cheese and plants. We’re obsessed with The Alchemist Backyard, who cultivates and sells rare and unusual produce and plants—definitely worth checking out—and Paradox Farm Creamery. Get there early on Saturday morning because, even though the markets are open till noon, things sell out quickly—and you’ll want to get your hands on the best of the best.
An evolution of the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, Moore Square Market features fresh fruits and veggies, seasonal goods, pastries and original high-quality crafts from local makers. The market runs through Oct. 3 and features themed days complete with special programming, live music, children’s activities, weekly nonprofits and more. Come out every second Sunday for the expanded Brunch Moore Market, which features food trucks and local artisans, in addition to the regular Sunday vendors.
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