Despite the fact that I’m from a small town I have a love of cities. When my in-laws planned a trip up to Raleigh, NC I couldn’t wait to scope it out! Raleigh is a smaller city with an incredible food scene. But one thing that stood out to me was the State Farmer’s Market just on the outskirts of Downtown Raleigh.
It’s 30,000 square feet of space provide the perfect market for local farmers to sell their home-grown produce. When we arrived the weather was slightly overcast but a comfortable 75 degrees. It was a gorgeous day to enjoy the weather and see what the market had to offer.
Every Bit of Produce Under the Sun
Locally grown watermelon which was being sampled. I had to partake and let me tell you it was the sweetest watermelon I have ever had! The rich red coloring really proved itself as sweet when I took a bit into my small sample. It was crazy that I didn’t walk out of the market with one of these sweet ones!
Farmer’s Markets are a great place to pick up affordable produce. It’s far cheaper than shopping at a grocery store where you may not know where the produce even came from. Just look how gorgeous these yellow bell peppers look?
It’s so easy to get inspired by everything the market had to offer. I found myself thinking of all the meals I could make with the rows upon rows of produce.
Talk o’ bout Tomatoes!!
Can we talk about these blooms? I love how fresh the flowers smelled and how gorgeous each bouquet looked.
I just love these white hydrangeas! They smelled so good despite my allergies going a little crazy.
These bright sunflowers were all over the roadside on our way up to Raleigh. North Carolina is a beautiful state!
Baked Goods Galore
There was a little German bakery under the floral tend with the most decadent sweets. These macaroons look divine!
Fresh and local is the way to go when it comes to seafood. The Seafood market at the State Farmers Market had so many types of seafood to choose from.
Plants on Plants on Plants
The market sells plenty of fresh herbs. These apple mint leaves were perfect to flavor up any sweet tea. Can you blame me for the suggestion? I live in the south!
So many herb plants! There was a sign on these that state the growers do not spray their plants so you can use them right away.
One vendor even sold these adorable succulents planted in different types of tea cups and coffee mugs. So cute!
If you find yourself in Raleigh check out the State Farmers Market. Grab some fresh produce, fresh seafood and whip up something good!