Ask a Raleigh local how they spend their Saturday mornings and many will tell you… at the market of course! With so much to do, shop, and taste – it’s a great way to spend a weekend. You see, our city’s markets bring together some of North Carolina’s best farmers, antiquers, fishermen, craftsmen, bakers, florists, and artists for Raleigh locals to enjoy. Our city’s markets deliver a one of a kind experience. Something locals are lucky to have in their backyard.
Raleigh Markets that offer the best of North Carolina
Raleigh Flea Market
The Flea Market is located on the N.C State Fairgrounds and for the last 50 years, they’ve opened their doors to the public every Saturday and Sunday (except in October when they close for the NC State Fair). The Raleigh Flea Market attracts several vendors who sell just about everything you could imagine and we mean everything. The Flea Market spread through 6 buildings and across several acres!
Shopping for a living room furniture set with personality? In search of the perfect piece to hold your china? Seasonal decor for your home? The Raleigh Flea Market is the perfect place to start your search. And keep in mind, most of the vendors don’t want to drag home everything they brought out there, do a little bargaining – you’re sure to walk away with a good deal!
While several of the vendors do accept credit, I usually try to remember to bring cash (it also helps when you are trying to bargain!) After a few hours of walking around, I can usually get a hot dog and soda for a few dollars before heading home!
If you plan to head there one weekend, be sure to give yourself a few hours to wander around; there is quite a bit to see! There are vendors both outside and in, and it is always worth taking the time to walk the entire space.
North Carolina State Farmers Public Market
The Raleigh Farmers Market is located in a facility off Agricultural St. in West Raleigh. Considered one of the nations best and most modern, this farmers market is quite impressive. It’s more than fresh vegetables, it’s an adventure for all Raleigh locals alike. Visitors enjoy 75 acres of indoor / outdoor specialty shops, restaurants and garden center with fruits, vegetables, meats, and gift products from across the state.
Admission into the farmers market is free 7 days a week from 5:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sundays. The Raleigh Farmers Market is one of four regional farmers markets owned by the State of North Carolina and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. The markets have been strategically located across the state to serve farmers big and small, and the community.
A day at the Raleigh farmers market may look like this: first, take a stroll through the 30,000 sq. ft farmers building where North Carolina farmers travel daily to sell fresh produce, plants, and other specialty items – don’t forget your grocery list! Make your way from there, into the market shops, an enclosed climate-controlled building where you can find a variety of specialty products including meats, cheeses, crafts, bakery items, wines, and more. Before you head out, grab a bite to eat at the market grill, seafood restaurant, or state farmers market restaurant. This is one market you can stop into quickly on your way home from work or spend a whole Saturday at!
Other Raleigh Markets worth checking out
There are other smaller-scale markets scattered all over the Raleigh-Durham area. Two of the most notable being the Butcher’s Market and Capital Seafood Market.
The Butchers Market is “a modern revival of your neighborhood butcher shop”. A full-service butcher and specialty grocer with three triangle locations in Cary, Holly Springs, and Raleigh. Owner Derek Wilkins and his team serve up high-quality meats and ready-made dinners to hungry customers who appreciate excellent products and a convenient shopping experience.
Select from a counter of premium USDA top choice cuts of beef, bacon cured and smoked at the Raleigh location, handmade sausages, and what they claim to be, the best salmon in the area. This market is worth checking out, if anything, go for the prepared foods!
The Capital Seafood Market is a seafood restaurant, seafood market, and specialty grocery store located off Maywood Ave in Raleigh. The team behind the Capital Seafood Market have over 60 years of experience in the seafood industry. Open every day except Sunday, The Capital Seafood Market offers some of the highest quality and freshest seafood in the area. Not to mention, customers rave about their excellent customer service! Have a seafood dish you’ve been wanting to try? Go chat with the team at Capital Seafood Market.
So there you have it, four awesome Raleigh area markets worth checking out this weekend (or the next couple of weekends). Who knows, you may see one of us while you’re there!
Considering moving to Raleigh? The markets are just one of the many exciting parts of this city we love. We’d be happy to give you the go-around of some of our favorite places, and maybe show you a house or two while we’re at it. What do you say?