What it is: This market is located in Raleigh, and it's a bit of a drive, but fortunately it's right off of I-40 at exit 297. The greatest part is that it's open 7 days a week, so you can head over to check it out on a weekday or weekend, whenever it works best for you. Once we got there, we just wandered around and took in all the sights. There was so much that we didn't get a chance to see it all, but that just gives us another reason to head back later. Lots of the booths had little samples of strawberries, tomatoes, rutabagas, and other goodies. We even found one booth with all sorts of delicious salsas and dips to try (and we did!) We bought a few unique fresh veggies to take home and try-purple asparagus and a sweet potato called batus, we'll see if the kiddos like it.
When the kiddos started getting a little hungry, we headed just across the street to the Farmers Market Restaurant. This is a great little stop with all kinds of great "got to be NC" based foods. The inside had lots of great decor that entertained the kiddos, but we chose to sit outside on their fenced patio. This gave the adults a chance to sit and talk while the kiddos could get out of their seats a little and hang nearby the table. The food was delicious, some of the best chicken salad I've ever had and fresh biscuits and hush puppies on the table. The kids food was also quickly devoured-one of my sons enjoyed the Micky Mouse shaped pancakes with eggs and bacon and the other one gobbled a hot dog and fries. It was a relaxing and delicious meal. After our meal, we hopped back across the street and grabbed a cookie from one of the vendors for dessert. What a great morning!
What we liked: We loved how big the market was with so much to see. It was also so convenient that it was open all day, everyday. The restaurant was delicious and kid-friendly and right next to the market. There was so much to see that we will definitely be back to check out more.
What we would change: The State Farmers Market is a bit of a drive, but it is definitely worth the drive. Plus, when you're there, there are parking lots in very close proximity to the market, so make sure to keep little, energetic munchkins away from the traffic.
Website and other important information:
Address: 1201 Agriculture Street, Raleigh, NC
Market Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5am-6pm, Sunday: 8am-6pm
Restaurant Hours: Mon-Sat 6am-3pm Sun 8am-3pm
(A view of the market)
(My son's lunch)
(A view inside the restaurant)