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Cary Downtown Farmers Market Opens Saturday April 6th!


The Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market will open Saturday, April 6 2013, offering Cary and surrounding areas fresh, local food, artisan goods, and a blossoming sense of community.

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market and residents of Cary are excited for the 22nd opening of their beloved Farmers Market this Saturday, April 6th.  Visitors to the market can expect to see many of the same vendors they have come to depend on at the market. Vendors will be selling locally grown vegetables and fruit, pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, seafood, crafts, and baked goods. The market is located at 301 S. Academy Street, Cary, across from the downtown Cary library.

Opening day at the market will include an exciting scavenger hunt based on the fresh foods offered at the market this week; live kid-friendly music from the Motley Tones, a jolly band of singing pirates; and a cooking demonstration, by Alyssa Campo, using fresh, local vegetables from market vendors. Children that plan to participate in the scavenger hunt should stop by the information desk to pick up a map when they arrive.

Cary Downtown Farmers Market will also be introducing their new Market Manager, Karmen Paterson. Karmen is an Agricultural Business and Environmental Science student at NC State expected to graduate in May.  Karmen, having grown up around chefs, has a passion for food and eating. She believes in sustainable agricultural and buying locally for healthy citizens and the economic growth of downtown Cary. Stop by the information desk to meet Karmen and welcome her to the market.

A strong community has developed at the market over the past 22 years. Consumers are able to get to know and trust the farmers who make their food while sampling produce, learning about where and how the food is grown, and talking about recipes with other shoppers. The market runs from April through November on Tuesdays from 2-6, and Saturdays from 8-12:30. November through March, the market is open on Saturdays from 8-12:30. The market is always open, rain or shine!

“We are excited about both our new and returning vendors this year, and our ability to bring more Cary residents to the market. We want people to know our market is a destination spot, in the revitalizing downtown Cary, for people to buy fresh, local produce, socialize with other foodies, and just enjoy themselves,” says Karmen Paterson, Market Manager.”

About Cary Downtown Farmers Market
The market’s mission is to be a cozy place for people to shop for goods they can feel great about, and to build bonds between Cary residents and their local farmers, which will ultimately strengthen the area’s sense of community. The market is a growers-only market, with only handcrafted goods for sale, no re-selling is allowed. The market features items grown or crafted by the vendors, who have traveled less than a 100-mile radius of downtown Cary. The market is always open, rain or shine!

For more information, please visit their website at caryfarmersmarket.com or the Cary Downtown Farmers Market facebook and twitter page.

You can also see some great pics of the 2012 Market in a great post by Triangle Localista here.



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Shop Local – A Visit To The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market!


Last weekend I found myself in Wake Forest to get some  new tires put on my car.  On my way to the auto shop I decided to swing by the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market  located on South White Street in Downtown Wake Forest.  The market is held every saturday April through November from 8am – noon.  It is probably the best small Farmer’s Market in the Triangle in my opinion.  Yes, the Durham and and Carrboro markets are great, and the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh is fantastic, but for folks in Wake Forest and North Raleigh the Wake Forest market offers a great selection of local produce at a convenient location. 


The market regulalry hosts 20 to 25 different local vendors.  The offerings range from seasonal fruits and veggies to local chicken, beef, and pork along with farm fresh eggs and goat cheese.  More often than not someone is on hand with local honey and the folks selling homemade jams are regulars there.  There is also usually a booth selling cut flowers and a few artisans with pottery and woodwork art.  Every time I go there is some sort of musician on hand entertaining the crowd.  Parking along South White Street is pretty easy and you can be in and out of the market in a jiffy if you need to, though it is easy to kill 20-30 minutes chatting with the friendly vendors if you aren’t in a hurry. 


One thing to keep in mind is that due to a recent change in policy dogs are no longer allowed at the Market.  It seems that the liability is an issue as well as concerns from the local health department.  I’m pretty sure dogs are not allowed at most if the other Farmer’s Markets in the area as well.   So if you are off to the market make sure you leave the furry little guy at home.  While the market typically comes to an end in November keep an eye out for special market events around the holidays and later in the winter.  I hear they are going to try to open on a limited schedule, maybe once a month, during the off-season.


When you visit the market I recommend you stroll a block up the street and grab some coffee at the Wake Forest Coffee Co.  They serve great coffee and have a lot of indoor seating and of course offer free wi-fi access.  There is also a wine shop located on the second floor in the same building as the coffee bar.  Between the market and the shops located along South White Street it is real easy to find an excuse to spend your Saturday morning and afternoon in Downtown Wake Forest.  For more information aboiut the Wake Forest Farmer’s market check out their website or check out their facebook fan page.


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Gardening Season Arrives To The Triangle!


I made my first trip of the year  to the Raleigh State Farmer’s Market today and was happy to see loads of vendors selling vegetable plants like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, watermelon, lettuce, squash ect. They also had tons of herbs on hand and various spring and summer flowers.  Not yet  as many food (veggie vendors) yet, but I suspect that their numbers will grow in the upcoming weeks as more things come in season.


I found a guy selling herbs in 4-plant packs for $1.50.  I picked up cilantro, oregano, english thyme, dill, and chives. I also bought a nice spearmint plant for $2.50.  There was tons of basil and other herbs as well.

I’m looking forward  to planting them all in my square foot garden later this week!


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Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market Moves to City Plaza


The downtown market, which was previously located at Moore Square, will now be held in Raleigh’s new City Plaza at the south end of Fayeteville Street on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm starting April 28th through October 27th.

A special Pig Pickin’ event will kickoff the opening of the new market location on April 28th, with Mayor Meeker starting things off by ringing the market’s opening bell. Other activities include BBQ demonstrations from celebrated local chef and BBQ expert Ed Mitchell of The Pit and bluegrass music by  Old Habits.

For more information about the market, check out their brand new website.

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