Update 2013: Since this post in 2012 the formal organization for this market has been dissolved. Sad to see North Raleigh lose a source for local fresh produce.
At last count, Raleigh farmers’ markets numbered five, including the state farmers’ market off Lake Wheeler Road. Most of those markets are in or near downtown Raleigh. So, it’s appropriate that populous North Raleigh has a farmers’ market of its own. The North Raleigh Farmers’ Market made a move in early July, just a couple of miles from the its former location, to the popular Lafayette Village.
This market offers produce and products typical of any larger farmers’ market in our area. Regular vendors include well-known Cane Creek Farms with their produce and meat selections, as well as Homestead Harvest Farm out of Wake Forest, offering pasture-raised poultry and eggs. By the way, if you’re looking for a local Thanksgiving turkey, make certain you reserve that turkey with Homestead Harvest farm now. And be forewarned dog owners. If you bring your pup out to this market, he/she is likely to head directly to the Chew Monster tent for some doggie treats (just so you know, you’ll need to keep a firm grip on that leash).
Lafayette Village is a bit of a foodie draw for its shops, as well as for the farmers’ market. As you walk around the village pathways, you’ll find Village Market, a gourmet grocery and prepared foods shop, as well as Vinos Finos wine shop and cafe, featuring South American wines and a food menu including tapas, empanadas, cured meats and cheeses.
When you further explore Lafayette Village, you’ll find Savory Spice Shop, selling ingredients that will complement your farmers’ market purchases. To get your early morning java fix, stop in Jubala Village Coffee for a cup of pour-over Counter Culture coffee. In another section of the village, Mavalios Tea & Gifts serves and sells loose leaf teas from around the world. Shoppers can satisfy their sweet tooth at Upper Crust Bakery, or at the very enticing Chocolate Boutique (or at both shops 🙂 ).
Lafayette Village hosts special European-themed events several times throughout the year, including the upcoming Oktoberfest on September 22nd (Noon to 10 pm). I’ve not seen details, however I think beer and brats are a sure bet for the German celebration.
With plentiful dining options and surroundings that evoke a quaint European town, Lafayette Village and the North Raleigh Farmers’ Market are certainly worth a visit for fans of local foods and independent small businesses.
Market Info: Hours are Wednesday afternoons 3:00 to 6:00 pm, April through September.
Saturdays 8:00 am to Noon, April through September and 9:00 am to Noon, October through March.
Wednesday vendors may vary from Saturday vendors. Check the market website for vendor information, or sign up for their newsletter.
Shoppers will find ample (free) parking in the lot surrounding the market.
This market is convenient to residents of North Raleigh.