RALEIGH, N.C. — Whether you’re looking for local ingredients to complete your Thanksgiving dinner or the perfect tree to deck your halls, the State Farmers Market offers nearly everything you need to make your holidays merry and bright.
“The State Farmers Market is open year-round, and the holidays are one of the best times to visit,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “I think consumers will be pleased, and a little surprised at the volume and variety of local products available this time of year in North Carolina.”
Consumers will find a large assortment of locally grown produce including collard greens, sweet potatoes and apples. They also can find a great selection of meats, cheeses, wines and specialty products. In addition, shoppers will find great gift ideas and premium homemade desserts.
For many, the market is a destination for their annual Christmas trees. Some Christmas tree growers have already arrived, and the majority will be set up by Nov. 22. Growers will have trees, homemade wreaths and garland for any size home or apartment.
The State Farmers Market also has a lineup of special events for visitors to enjoy. Things kick off Friday, Nov. 22, with Colossal Collard Day. The event showcases locally grown collards and gives shoppers the chance to sample cooked collards with all the toppings.
Throughout December, visitors can participate in the Month of Giving at the market by donating food and monetary contributions. Collected donatfions benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. On Dec. 7, the Market Shoppes will host its annual open house full of holiday shopping, raffles and prizes. The same day, WPTF’s Weekend Gardener radio show will broadcast from the market. On Dec. 13, the market will celebrate locally grown pecans with Pecan Day. Visitors can enjoy a free pecan dessert sample and pick-up pecan recipes to try at home.
The State Farmers Market is open year-round, seven days a week. The market is convenient to downtown Raleigh and Centennial Campus. For more information about the market and events, go to statefarmersmarket.org.
–Monica Wood, NCDA&CS