Since I have moved to Willow Springs, North Carolina two years ago, one of my absolutely favorite things to do is to go to the North Carolina State Farmers Market in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love to get up early in the morning before it gets so hot (we all know and love that southern heat – lol) and drive into Raleigh, North Carolina. Before I get to the farmer’s market, I get to experience the rush of driving into Raleigh and seeing that city skyline. Am I the only one who loves that view?
When I arrive at the farmers market, I always start in the farmer’s building which is 30,000 square foot of produce, vegetables, plants, and other specialty items produced on local farms. I don’t know about you, but I love supporting local farmers. I have several favorite vendors I visit on a regular basis. I always buy my peaches and blueberries at Johnson Peaches. I find some of the freshest and sweetest corn on the back of a truck from Langdon Farm and my herbs and cherry tomatoes from Ronnie Moore’s Produce. If you are looking to make a stunning salad, Ronnie Moore’s Produce also has the prettiest variety of lettuces and the cutest little tomatoes in different shapes and colors. I then wonder around to find the freshest lima beans, watermelons, and cantaloupes. When I am in need of honey, I always stop by Bee Blessed Pure Honey booth for the sweetest honey around. My next stop is the market shoppes building. If you are looking for hoop cheese, fresh seafood, green peanuts for boiled peanuts, and out of this world bread and pecan pie this is where you want to be. The Market Bakery has the best sourdough bread and orangeade that I have ever tasted. Just ask my grandbabies, this is regular stop for us. I love to take the grandbabies with me and give them money to pick out the fruit and vegetables that they love. My grandson, Peyton, always goes for the blueberries and usually eats them all before we event make it to the car. There is a wide variety of old-fashioned candies, N.C. gifts, soaps, and lotions in the market shoppes. The Farmer’s Market is located on 1-40 and Lake Wheeler road, exit 1297. The Farmers Market is open seven days a week and this popular open market is the perfect place to find the freshest local produce and lots of other goodies.