THE OPEN-AIR FARMERS BUILDING AT THE STATE FARMERS MARKET
In the 30,000 square foot open air Farmers building you will find local grown produce, plants, and products grown and raised in North Carolina. Starting in late March, early April many plant vendors come in with trees, shrubs, annual bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, herbs, ferns, cactus, aquatic plants, and beautiful cut flowers and much more. The produce season gets jump started in April with the arrival of strawberries and asparagus and green house grown vegetable such as tomatoes and squash. Then as things move into the summer months there are watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, and field grown tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and peppers. Many of these items you can find at the market right up to the first hard freeze in the fall.
As we enter the late summer, early fall, you will find additional items like apples and grapes. As we move further into fall you will find peanuts, greens, pecans and fresh crop of sweet potatoes, the NC State official vegetable. North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes in the country. Also, late September and October is pumpkin time at the State Farmers Market. At that time, you will also find plant vendors with things like trees, shrubs, mums, pansies, herbs, and vegetable plants. Then in mid-November Christmas trees begin to arrive from the mountains of North Carolina. In the winter months you can still find things like apples, greens, sweet potatoes, greenhouse vegetables and firewood.
Farmers come from every part of the state from the southeastern coastal plains to the peaks of NC mountains. Many come from the fertile farmland to the east of Raleigh in counties such as Johnston, Harnett, and Sampson.