North Carolina’s climate is fantastic for farming, and it’s a huge part of our state identity. NC State University is well-known for its agriculture department. North Carolinians proudly purchase and consume produce grown right here at home.

While the NC State Farmer’s Market is the most obvious location to get your fresh fruits, veggies, and meats, there are also smaller, unique local farmer’s markets throughout Raleigh. These markets may be a bit smaller, but offer many of the same products and some even include entertainment!

Next time you need fresh produce, check out some of these unique local farmer’s markets:

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

The Raleigh Downtown Farmer’s Market takes place on Wednesdays 11am-2pm from April to October. The market is located in City Plaza and includes produce from local farmers in addition to baked goods. Enjoy live music while you shop! There are also fun events that take place at the Raleigh Downtown Farmer’s Market, such as Cheese Please, which includes a grilled cheese competition!

Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market

The Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market takes place at North Hills on Saturday mornings from April-November. In addition to local produce, you will find other locally made products such as soaps and jewelry. You can typically find a food truck as well if you need a quick lunch after all that shopping!

Plantation Point Farmers Market

The Plantation Point Farmers Market is a year-round market that takes place on Saturday mornings at the Plantation Point Shopping Center in North Raleigh. This market features locally made products, food trucks, live music, and even fitness classes.

The Market at Quail Corners

The Market at Quail Corners takes place monthly May-December. At this market, you will find unique gifts made by local artisans. Like its Facebook page to keep with the dates that this market takes place.

Rebus Works Saturday Market

The Rebus Works Saturday Market is a year-round, indoor market that takes place on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. At this market, you will find local produce, baked goods, handmade items, and other specialty items. There’s also fresh coffee available, and there’s typically a food truck on site.

Wherever you are located in Raleigh, the chances are that at least one of the farmer’s markets on this list is close by. These local farmers markets make it easy to enjoy all of the fresh produce and artisan products North Carolina has to offer. Commit to supporting your local community by buying local. No excuses!

So what are some of your favorite small markets in Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication on 919Blog.com