The NC State Farmers Market in Raleigh, and other state farmers markets across North Carolina, are a fantastic way to “go local!”
1) There is nothin’ like some down home country cookin’ – think fried chicken or pork chops, biscuits, deviled eggs, or items from the daily specials menu such as the stuffed pepper I had a couple weekends ago. Talk about a sweet, yet savory, meaty and peppery treat. Way too good for words! The State Farmers Market Restaurant serves up that country meal you’ve been craving.
2) You’re supporting local farmers and businesses, which is the crux of sustainability and keeping it local. If there’s one thing that is really important to me it’s eating and shopping locally. Who doesn’t want to support their community?
3) All the farm fresh, in-season, fruits and veggies you can ask for in one location. Seriously. It is a foodies dream to walk through this open air market to score some appetizing fresh food for you or your family. The best part is the giddy feeling you get thinking of all the food you’re going to prepare with your procured garden goods. Think of the possibilities….
4) Looking for pair something with your meal, say carbs perhaps? Look no further! The farmers market also offers baked goods. Oh bread, how do I love thee, let me show you the ways, with a pat or two of creamy butter of course. My favorite is La Farm Bakery. Lionel Vatinet and his crew bake up crusty, doughy goodness of every variety you can think of at their bakery and truck it over to the farmers market for our eating pleasure. There are other bakeries there as well and I’ve eaten cookies and cakes from various vendors as well. You really can’t go wrong with carbs!
5) Don’t forget about plants, or trees, wreaths and other greenery during the holiday season. Most of the year there are plants aplenty for your choosing – trees, shrubs, herbs, veggies, fruits, ornamentals, and annuals to spruce up your yard or garden. In the fall they offer mums and pumpkins, and around Thanksgiving the Christmas trees and boughs of holly are in full swing. Did you know that North Carolina is the second largest producer of Christmas trees in the US? It’s true! Why not buy local from the farmers themselves? Even if you’re not in the market for a tree, the smell of the spruce and fir trees waft in the air and the entire market smells like Christmas. Ahhhhh….
6) The indoor market, right next to the open market, carries fresh meats, seafood, dairy products, baked goods and other treats, and gifts. There is a lot to take in here as well. The fresh meats are really extraordinary!
7) Now that you’ve got your plants in hand you’ll need a planter! Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for some unique home decoration or yard art. The World Market Imports should be the next stop on your list! They have tons of containers for your flora, and lots of home décor. Besides, you’ll need to walk off that meal you ate earlier before heading home, right? There’s no better way to waddle off your biscuits and gravy than walking the acre or so of garden and home décor.
I wrote a post earlier about the State Farmers Market. You can view it here.