NC State Farmer's Market: Raleigh

30,000 sq ft - can you believe it?! We’ve been to a lot of markets around the world and Raleigh’s State Farmers market is one of the most impressive. On a quiet day in early Summer we joined Jewell (and baby) for a stroll.

Named one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South” in 2011, Raleigh has always had a rich history of agriculture with North Carolina producing the country’s most Sweet Potatoes and Peanuts. In 1955 it was decided that NC farmers needed one central location to distribute their goods to the public and the fantastic site as we know it today was built in 1979.

Nasturtiums are an edible flower with a sweet, almost peppery taste. They’re fantastic in salads, (especially the RED ones) but the plants are often difficult to find at area nurseries - unique plant varieties abound at the market though!

Apparently this was a fantastic year for strawberry crops because they all tasted out-of-this-world delicious. With free samples and plenty to choose from, you really can’t go wrong.

From plants to vegetables and seafood, the market is a feast for the eyes. This particular day’s best finds were Nasturtiums for the garden and copious amounts of Strawberries for the kiddos. Jewell loves to visit the inside shops to stock up on dry goods and the old-fashioned, locally made candies are difficult to resist.

The State Farmer’s Market is located at 1201 Agriculture Street in Raleigh and is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00am - 6:00pm and on Sundays from 8:00am-6:00pm. Don’t miss July 26th’s competition for the largest watermelon!