Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local food, farmers markets and farms.
Since April 2010, Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market has set up at City Plaza, allowing residents and workers to enjoy a mid-week local food lunch break. Produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, this farmers’ market’s vendors offer seasonal produce, grass-fed meat products, cheese, seafood, baked goods and specialty foods from North Carolina farmers and producers, in a decidedly urban setting.
Each season kicks off with a pig pickin’ event that features BBQ prepared by The Pit, live entertainment and an introduction to the new season’s vendors. This year’s opening date is April 30 (so make sure you block time off work mid day to put in some quality time at the farmers market). Other fun seasonal events at Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market include Tomatolicious, Cheese Please!, and Honey Buzztival.
In addition to farm vendors, the market features many prepared food items from various restaurants, for a quick take away lunch. There’s also ample seating available on City Plaza, making al fresco dining at the market a nice bonus feature. If I were a Raleigh downtowner, I know where I would be each Wednesday for lunch.
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market mission, to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of downtown, is met each week we visit this community gathering place and center for fresh, local food.
Visit Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market website to sign up for email newsletters, like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to keep current on the latest market events and seasonal produce availability.