The Research Triangle Park area is not only known for its thriving tech industry and universities but also for its local food scene. Many restaurants are farm-to-table and the area has a history steeped in agriculture. Residents enjoy and support local farms and frequent farmers' markets offering a cornucopia of fresh produce, artisanal products, and farm culture. This summer is a great time to explore some of our favorite farms and farmers' markets in the Triangle.
Durham Farmers' Market
Located in Durham Central Park, the Durham Farmers' Market is a great place to spend a Saturday. Locals and visitors can explore the wide variety of fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy products, and handcrafted goods. From heirloom tomatoes to artisan bread and locally made cheese, the Durham Farmers' Market offers great food and crafts and also offers an opportunity to connect directly with the farmers who grow the food.
State Farmers Market
In Raleigh, the State Farmers Market is a complex that houses an array of vendors, including farmers, artisanal food producers, and craftsmen. This massive market spans several acres, and offers an extensive selection of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and plants. Visitors can also find specialty shops selling local honey, jams, jellies, and handmade crafts. The State Farmers Market is a go-to destination for both locals and tourists.
Carrboro Farmers' Market
Just a short drive from Chapel Hill, the Carrboro Farmers' Market has been a hub for local farmers and artisans since 1979. This is a year-round market, with an impressive range of seasonal produce, pasture-raised meats, fresh seafood, and homemade baked goods. With a commitment to sustainability and organic farming practices, the Carrboro Farmers' Market is a hub of the the farm-to-table movement and you will also find chefs purchasing directly from vendors.
The Farm at Penny Lane
The UNC Farm at Penny Lanelocated in Pittsboro is a new concept that integrates mental health services with agriculture, providing a healing environment for individuals in addition to fresh foods. The Farm at Penny Lane grows a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and offers educational programs and volunteer opportunities for the community. Visitors can not only enjoy the fresh produce but also support a great cause that is making a positive impact in the Triangle region.
Funny Girl Farm
Located in Durham off of Erwin Rd, Funny Girl Farm is a small-scale, family-owned farm committed to sustainable agriculture and community engagement. Another example of how sustainability is a core Triangle value, they offer a wide selection of organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as fresh-cut flowers. Funny Girl Farm hosts educational workshops, farm-to-table dinners, and farm tours, allowing visitors to learn about organic farming practices and experience the farm-to-fork journey firsthand.
Cary Farmer’s Market
The Cary Farmer's Market has been "Gettin Fresh" since 1996. The Cary Farmer's Market was started by 3 farmers and like Cary, it has really grown. Bakers, craftsmen, and of course, farmers gather to offer residents and visitors their bounty. Vendors must be located within 100 miles of Cary to sell at the farmer's market and must adhere to certain principles in production. Cary is one of the most charming towns in the Triangle and this market is not to be missed.
With its abundance of farms and farmers markets, residents and visitors have the opportunity to connect with local farmers, enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables, and support local enterprises. If you would like to know more about the Triangle area and real estate opportunities, contact My NC Homes today.Posted by Larry Tollen on