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.
You might not expect to find a farmers market in the middle of a bustling shopper center, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Midtown Farmers Market, a seasonal market starting its 2014 season on April 19 (8 am to noon). For seven seasons, this growers only market has served the residents of midtown Raleigh (just beyond downtown and outside the beltline) continuing its commitment to provide the community with access to healthful food options, and educational opportunities to learn about sustainable farming methods and food systems. The market even inspired a love letter of sorts, in the form of the novel cookbook 50 Weeks of Green from local author Linda Watson.
Midtown Farmers Market includes food and fun in every Saturday morning agenda: live music to get toes tapping, cooking demos, the popular Iron Chef Challenge, kid friendly activities like petting zoos, Kindermusic and hands on crafts, plus “Conditioning on the Commons” including frequent yoga and pilates sessions and regular Raleigh Parks and Rec classes, as well a food truck or two. A recent newsletter announced this season includes a “Brunch Off” event debut too. If that list of activities isn’t impressive enough, then the list of vendors surely will.
Visit the market’s website to sign up for their newsletter (and to find some very tasty recipes). Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to stay current on market events and product availability.