One of the best reasons to live in Raleigh is the easy access to the freshest fruits, vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, etc. We are a proud agricultural state. You can experience all of the wonderful local foods and wares North Carolina has to offer at the North Carolina State Farmers Market in the heart of Raleigh which is a year-round indoor/outdoor marketplace.

Considered by many as one of the nation’s best and most modern farmers markets, here you will find the freshest produce, baked items, cheeses, and even fabulous handcrafted gifts each and every day. Grab a big basket and get ready to shop local at the NC State Farmers Market. Open daily at 5 am to 6 pm with admission always FREE!

Explore The Farmers’ Building

Your first stop should most definitely be the Farmer’s Building, where many local farmers set up shop. Here you will find 30,000 square feet of seasonal fruits and veggies. Most farmers have samples available so you can be sure you are buying the very best! During the fall, this is also where you will find pumpkins.

Plants are available starting in March, and local fruits and vegetables are sold throughout the growing season.

The Market Shoppes

The Market Shoppes are located in an enclosed building beside the Farmer’s Building. This where you will find baked goods, handcrafted gifts as well as locally sourced wines, cheeses, seafood, and meats. Be sure to swing by MAE Farms for grass-fed beef and the best Italian sausage you’ve ever eaten!

Market Imports Galore

Wondering what’s in that giant round building across from the Market Shoppes? It’s Market Imports! Here you will find a vast selection of home and garden accessories. It’s the perfect spot to discover cool outdoor sculptures and fountains to enhance your outdoor living space. You can also find unique interior decor here as well.

Since opening in 2007, Market Imports has become one of the largest suppliers of home and garden accessories in the Triangle area. With acres of inventory including fountains, glazed pottery containers, and imported furniture, Market Imports is a destination for the homeowner and designer alike.

Inside the main store, you will find unique furniture and home accessories from over a dozen countries. Decorative mirrors and lamps comprise a significant portion of their hand-selected inventory. Market Imports specializes in antique, vintage, and reproduction furniture, and garden and architectural elements as well.

In the converted greenhouse and yard are thousands of pottery containers to choose from. Whether your project is container gardening, creating your own customized fountain, or creating a Zen garden, Market Imports has numerous and varied choices. Among the massive inventory, you will find many styles of wrought-iron trellises and ironwork, arbors, and topiary forms.

Landscape designers from the Raleigh – Durham and contractors all over the state rely on Market Imports for its extensive selection of teak furniture, millstones, stone Buddhas, and other statuary. Market Imports is a stocking dealer of cast-stone products, such as water fountains and planters, for Campania, Massarelli’s, Athens Stonecasting, and Unique Stone’s “Biltmore Collection.”

Market Imports also provides customers the option to special order fountains from one of its many vendors. Trade discounts are available to landscapers, dealers, and designers.

Delicious On-Site Restaurants

After a day of shopping/exploring and being surrounded by all of those fresh fruits and veggies everywhere you look, you will likely become hungry and want to grab something to eat. Fortunately, there are several restaurants located on the grounds of the NC State Farmers Market.

If you are looking for something quick, check out the Market Grill. It’s located inside of the Market Shoppes building and serves breakfast and lunch items daily from 7:30 am – 5 pm.

NC Seafood Restaurant

The NC Seafood Restaurant serves delicious fried seafood and is considered “An Oasis of Authentic Calabash Style Seafood in Raleigh.” Since 1991, the restaurant has been specializing in serving up the highest quality fried Calabash style seafood in a casual setting for 25 years now. It has remained under the same ownership as well. Open daily from 11 am – 8 pm.

The restaurant is nestled in the back of the busy and beautiful North Carolina State Farmers Market, across from the open air farmers building where farmers are selling their seasonal fare. At this legendary local Restaurant, seafood lovers will find some of the best seafood plates or sandwiches in all of Raleigh. Choose from over a dozen options such as shrimp, oysters, flounder, trout, mahi-mahi, bay scallops, grouper, tilapia, crawfish, crab cakes, and more!

State Farmers Market Restaurant

The State Farmers Market Restaurant is the most popular breakfast and lunch spot for market-goers providing for an authentic Southern experience. It serves breakfast and lunch made with the fresh items found at the market right on-site. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

In business for over 25 years, The “Market,” as it is affectionately called by the many hungry customers, offers fresh home-cooked meals featuring “REAL BISCUITS,” fresh vegetables, pork, poultry and other “Got to be NC” based products. Open daily from 6 am – 3 pm.
In 2003 The State Farmer’s Market Restaurant opened its doors to parties, meetings and charitable functions during its evening hours when the restaurant is normally closed.

Always Lots To See & Do

The NC State Farmers Market also hosts many events throughout the year, such as Craft Fairs, Strawberry Day, Honeybee Day, Watermelon Day, Peach Day, Blueberry Day, and more. Check out the events calendar for details. The NC State Farmers Market is more than just a local market – it’s a gathering place for all.

The all-season State Farmers Market which spans nearly 75 acres, is open seven days a week rain or shine. You will find it particularly bustling on the weekends, where you will see families buying food for the week and enjoying each other’s company at one of the restaurants.

In Raleigh, we are proud of our locally made foods and crafts. Shopping at the NC State Farmers Market is how we show our appreciation to these hardworking farmers, bakers, and artisans.

So what are some of your favorite things to see or do at the State Farmers Market 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