Beginning on Wednesday, April 28th, the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will take up residence at City Plaza, on the 400 block of Fayetteville St., in downtown Raleigh. Formerly located in Moore Square, the move to City Plaza will be accompanied by a complete revamping of the market, with not only a new location, but a new name and a new website to boot.
The opening season of the market will run for 27 weeks, through the end of October. Vendors at the market will not be limited to local farmers, but will also include ranchers, fisherman, nurserymen, bakers, cheese makers, and specialty foods producers. All of the products sold at the market will be locally grown or crafted in North Carolina.
The new location will put the Downtown Farmers Market in the heart of the city, and easily accessible via the R-line. According to their website, the inaugural season also boasts food festivals, chef demonstrations, tastings, and weekly entertainment. The market will also feature a community booth, hosting a local non-profit to encourage education about sustainability, gardening, and agriculture. Hallie Mittleman, the Director of Sustainability and Planning for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, says that the new location will dramatically increase the foot traffic and will be better for our local farmers.
The market will be open on Wednesdays, from 10am-2pm. Opening day festivities include an official inauguration by Mayor Charles Meeker, chef demonstration by Ed Mitchell, and bluegrass music by band Old Habits. The celebration will officially begin when Mayor Meeker rings the market’s opening bell—the farmers markets’ version of a ribbon cutting. More information about the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market and its upcoming events may be obtained at their website.