North Carolina agriculture was a nearly $96 billion industry in 2019, generating about 16% of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), or state income, according to research and calculations in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State University.
That means there are plenty of agricultural products, including all kinds of produce, grown and harvested across the state — and plenty of opportunities to buy them at places like local farmers’ markets.
The Triangle is rich with farmers’ markets, and The News & Observer has compiled this guide to help you learn about some of them, including their seasons and opening hours.
To note: Check each market’s website for opening hours and up-to-date information before heading to the market.
Raleigh Farmers Markets
▪ State Farmers Market – A regional farmer’s market operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state farmer’s market is open seven days a week all year. The market includes the 30,000 square foot Farmers Building with local produce; the 15,600 square foot Market Shoppes with more fresh produce, plus meats, cheeses, crafts, baked goods and more; a wholesale market; restaurants and more.
Address: 1201 Agriculture Street, Raleigh
Hours: 5am-7pm From Monday to Friday; 8am-5pm Sunday
▪ Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market — Located at the Commons in North Hills, the Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market serves as a year-round destination for fresh, local food. The regular market season usually runs from April to November, but the market also offers winter hours. The market has over 35 local vendors selling produce, bread, desserts, nuts, dairy, meat, crafts and more.
Address: The Commons in North Hills; 4191 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh
Hours: The regular market season begins on April 16, 2022 and ends on November 5. Regular market hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. After the regular season, winter market hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
▪ Moore Square Market — Run by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance in conjunction with the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Moore Square Market is a seasonal market that runs from May through October. The market offers fresh and seasonal products as well as original and high quality artisanal products. All market vendors operate within a 90-mile radius of Raleigh. The market also accepts SNAP.
Address: Moore Square; 200 S. Blount Street, Raleigh
Hours: The 2022 market season will start in early May and end in early October. The market is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
▪ Black Farmers Market — The Black Farmers Market has more than 30 black-owned vendors, including farmers; health and wellness companies; prepared food and beverage vendors; craftsmen and craftsmen. The market is bimonthly and alternates between Raleigh and Durham.
Address: YMCA of Southeast Raleigh; 1436 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh
Hours: The Raleigh Black Farmers Market is held the fourth Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Visit the market website at blackfarmersmkt.com for more information on the start of the 2022 market season. The market is coming rain or shine.
Cary Farmers Markets
▪ Downtown Cary Farmer’s Market — The Cary Downtown Farmers Market began in 1996 with three small family farms and has grown to include over 20 vendors. Vendors include farmers, as well as coffee roasters, bakers, artisans and more. All growers must live and grow or raise their produce within 100 miles of downtown Cary.
Address: 135 W. Chatham Street, Cary
Hours: The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays. The traditional market takes place from April to October, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The winter market takes place from November to March, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Apex Farmers Markets
▪ Apex Farmer’s Market — This Wake County market has vendors who generally grow or produce their wares within 150 miles of the market. Products include fruits and vegetables, sustainably-raised and pastured chicken, beef and pork, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, honey, cheeses, jams and preserves, sauces , salsas, crafts and more. The market is normally open on Saturdays, but also offers a weekday night market once a month.
Address: 220 N Salem St., Apex
Hours: Regular market hours begin in March, when it is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The market offers winter hours from November to March, when it is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Check the specific hours of each supplier on apexfarmersmarket.com.
Wake Forest Farmers Markets
▪ Wake Forest Farmers Market — The Wake Forest Farmers’ Market began over 20 years ago. The market requires vendors to grow or produce their wares within 75 miles of the market. Products offered by current vendors include vegetables, microgreens, various meats, mushrooms, honey, cut flowers, plants and more. The market is open all year round, with variable hours depending on the season.
Address: 235 Taylor Street S, Wake Forest
Hours: The regular market season runs from April through October, when hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. From November to March, the market is in its winter season and the hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Durham Farmers Markets
▪ Durham Farmers Market — The Durham Farmers Market has been open in Durham city center since 1999 and became a year-round market in 2008. The market has over 65 vendors selling fresh produce, artisan foods and artisanal goods. All produce is grown or created within a 70 mile radius of the market.
Address: The Pavilion in Durham Central Park; 501 Foster Street, Durham
Hours: The Durham Farmers’ Market is open year-round, but hours depend on the season. The main market season runs from April to November and during this period the market is open on Saturdays from 8 am to noon. The market also offers a midweek market on Wednesdays. Winter market hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on Durham Farmers Market opening hours, go to durhamfarmersmarket.com.
▪ Black Farmers Market — Operated by the same group that runs the Black Farmers Market in Raleigh, the Black Farmers Market also operates in Durham, rotating between cities. The market has more than 30 black-owned vendors, including farmers; health and wellness companies; prepared food and beverage vendors; craftsmen and craftsmen.
Address: Gold Belt Campus; 930 Franklin Street, Durham
Hours: The Black Farmers Market is open in Durham on the second Sunday of the month from 1-4pm. Visit the market website at blackfarmersmkt.com for more information on the start of the 2022 market season. The market is coming rain or shine.
▪ South Durham Farmers Market — The South Durham Farmers Market is open Saturdays all year round and offers fresh, local produce, baked goods, honey, fish and more. The market also accepts SNAP.
Address: Greenwood Commons Shopping Centre; 5410 NC-55, Durham
Hours: The market is open on Saturdays year-round, but hours vary by season. From April to October, the market is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. From November to March, the market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Orange County Farmers Markets
▪ Carrboro Farmer’s Market — The Carrboro Farmers Market offers locally grown produce and other products including meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, pastries, carpentry, ironwork, pottery, woven mats, baskets and more, for over 40 years. All goods sold in the market must be produced within 50 miles of Carrboro, and market rules require the owner of each selling business to be present at the market each week. The market also accepts SNAP and EBT.
Address: communes of the city of Carboro; 301 Main Street West, Carboro
Hours: The Carrboro Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays year-round and Wednesdays in season. For specific hours, visit carborofarmersmarket.com.
▪ Chapel Hill Farmers Market — The Chapel Hill Farmers Market began in 2008. All of the market’s farmers and artisans live within 60 miles of Chapel Hill and bring fresh produce, farm produce and crafts to the market year-round. The market offers a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, cakes, pies and more.
Address: University Square; 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
Hours: The market is open all year round. Spring and summer hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Winter hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
▪ Eno River Farmers Market — Head to Hillsborough for this year-round market that offers fresh vegetables and fruit, cheese, pasture-raised meat and eggs, wood-fired baked goods, prepared meals and crafts from local growers and producers. The market features live music, arts and crafts activities, chef demonstrations and more.
Address: 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough
Hours: The Eno River Farmers Market operates year-round. From April to November, the hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. From December to March, the hours are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.