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Raleigh Farmer's Market Booming With Produce in May

Alyssa Atkinson

All the current produce you can purchase right now.

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Fresh vegetables at the Raleigh Farmer's Market.Photo taken by the author.

This past weekend, I made a trip down to the Raleigh Farmer's Market to see what is fresh and available right now (May 2021). I was pleasantly surprised by the huge selection of produce, along with the budget friendly prices.

By visiting the Raleigh Farmer's Market, you will not only be able to buy a wide variety of fresh produce, but you will also be supporting local farmers in your community.

The Raleigh Farmer's Market is huge, it's in a covered area, and it offers produce from a variety of different farms.

There are also other features that the Farmer's Market has to offer, like plants available for sale. However, in this article, I am going to focus on the May produce I saw available while visiting this past weekend, including a number of fruits and vegetables that are in season right now.

The First Raleigh Farmer's Market Staple Fruit

The very first produce item that I noticed at a lot of the little booths were strawberries. These berries were priced primarily in two different sizes, the quart and the bucket. I picked up the smaller size, and these berries did not disappoint.

Strawberries are in season right now, and the Raleigh Farmer's Market strawberries were fresh, juicy, and sweet. I added a bit of vegan cocowhip to mine for a tasty, refreshing, healthy, vegan dessert.

They would also pair perfectly with my morning oatmeal and nut butter, so I may have to try that combination tomorrow. That is, if there are any of them still left!

Although I bought my berries from a small booth, there were many other booths that had strawberries available for purchase, so you should have no problem getting your hands on some as long as you don't get there too late.

Raleigh Farmer's Market Vegetables Available Now

I also noticed a ton of different vegetables currently available for purchase at the Raleigh Farmer's Market in May, including:

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes

This is just naming a few that I saw at many of the booths, but you should have no problem picking up some in season vegetables.

I grabbed some tomatoes while at the Farmer's Market. Two of them cost me less than one dollar, and they taste incredible, so they are definitely worth checking out the next time you head to the Raleigh Farmer's Market.

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Fresh potatoes at the Raleigh Farmer's Market.Photo taken by the author.

The Raleigh Farmer's Market Atmosphere

The atmosphere at the Farmer's Market was super welcoming. I went on Saturday afternoon, and it was pretty packed. It was difficult to find parking, and I wouldn't recommend going at this time, as I think it would be much less crowded during a weekday or earlier hours.

Luckily, the Raleigh Farmer's Market Hours are from 9 AM - 5 PM daily, so you should have no problem finding a time that works for you to go shopping.

I wore a mask when I went shopping, and I appreciated that many others who went to the Farmer's Market did as well.

Other Important Factors

There are a few other important things to note. Firstly, I thought that they might not have bags there, but both booths that I purchased produce from had bags available. I prefer to use my reusable bags, but if you don't have any, you should be able to get your produce in plastic bags if necessary.

Second, most produce prices are listed at the booths, but a few aren't. Whenever I didn't see a price, I simply asked. Don't be afraid to do the same!

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A few produce items I purchased at the Raleigh Farmer's Market.Photo taken by the author.

Final Thoughts

The Raleigh Farmer's Market is packed with in-season produce for you to enjoy. In my experience, it tastes incredibly fresh, and is well-priced. Visiting the Raleigh Farmer's Market is a great way to support local farmers while picking up healthy grocery products you are in need of.
While I will probably go at a less busy time the next time I venture over to the Farmer's Market, my experience overall was very good, and I think yours will be too.
If you are searcing for local produce, the Raleigh Farmer's Market is currently booming with it, so I wouldn't hesitate to go check it out the next time you have a free moment to do so.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

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