If you’ve been in downtown Raleigh on a Wednesday between May and September, you might have noticed signs directing you to the Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market. It’s conveniently located in the center of the city, so it’s not too far to walk from most points downtown. If you decide to take a turn toward City Plaza on Fayetteville Street you’ll notice neat white tents popped up everywhere.
A little closer and you can hear music.
Closer still, and the smells – glorious smells – hit you. Coffee. Fresh food. You’re heading in the right direction.
Then you’re in the midst of it, surrounded by produce from around the state, artisan meals ready-made for your lunch, and a wide variety of delicious and delightful options.
Most of the farmers markets I’m familiar with are far from the center of bustling cities. They’re usually quiet, too. I was surprised with the atmosphere at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. It was funky and alive. The music was a welcome accompaniment, and the vendors were all very friendly and open to talking about their food.
I had a meeting to go to after my visit, so I didn’t get much in the way of produce. But I did get an amazing lunch at the Buku vendor area, and a camera full of beautiful pictures.
For anyone working or visiting Raleigh, this is a must-visit location. Their last day is September 30, and there are just a handful of Wednesdays left before the market closes until next May.