The State Farmers Market’s Fall Craft Fair is going on this weekend: Friday through Sunday, Nov.13th,14th,15th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
There will be hundreds of handmade craft items such as pottery, jewlelry, candles, woodworking, quilted items, birdhouses, floral arrangements, baskets, and so much more!
It is a perfect time to start your holiday shopping with all the unique handcrafted items to choose from!
Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking.
Where I grew up, there was no streak of lean biscuits. When a man I worked for who grew up in Pender County described it, I wasn’t sure folks would actually eat a biscuit with a gob of collards and fatback in it. He took me to Big Eds in City Market, ordered us a biscuit each and we ate them.
If you are ready for a biscuit, you are in luck because November 6 is Collard Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Vendors will have fresh, locally grown collard greens for sale along with all the fixings, including a variety of relishes, salsas and chow-chows. The State Farmers Market Restaurant will provide freshly cooked collard samples and hushpuppies, along with recipes, serving tips and nutritional information.
Collards Day will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the market’s Farmers Building. If you can’t make it out, the NCDA marketing division has a listing of North Carolina growers and shippers that offer collards directly to consumers
Apple Day will be celebrated at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday September 24.
There will be free Apple Dessert samples, free recipes and free NC Apple Facts.
The Apple Day Celebration will be sponsored by the NC Apple Growers Association, State Farmers Market Restaurant, State Farmers Market and the NC Department of Agriculture.
The NC State Farmers Market will celebrate Sweet Potato Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be free sweet potato dessert samples, recipes and health information.
The celebration is sponsored by the NC Sweet Potato Commission and the State Famers Market Restaurant.
Raleigh Italian restaurant 518 West executive chef Blaine Niermanis featured in a video on the restaurant’s blog talking about getting fresh produce from the State Farmers Market.
Niermanis explains what types of foods he looks for, how he incorporates N.C. produce into the 518 West menu and the advantages of cooking with food picked by farmers that very same morning.
Larry Boyette of Kenley took top honors in Watermelon Day celebrations at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Kenley had the biggest watermelon among 11 entered in the day’s competition and took him the $600 first place money. How big was it? 203 pounds.
Photo courtesy of NCDA
Boyette was called an “up-and-comer on the giant watermelon scene” last year by Carolina Country magazine after he took home first place in the State Farmers Market’s 2008 competition and won the blue ribbon at the 2007 N.C. State Fair. You can check out his insider tips on growing giant watermelon in Carolina Country’s ‘Giant Watermelon’ feature from May 2008.
Other top finishers in the competition include:
- 2nd place – 179.5 pounds – Donald R. Murphy of Pink Hill
- 3rd place – 178.5 pounds – Henry and Langdon Pleasant of Angier
- 4th place – 170.5 pounds – Jerry Gelezinsky of Fair Bluff
There was $400 for second, $300 for third and $200 for fourth place.
Watermelon Day Escapes Cancellation – News and Observer
The State Farmers Market’s will mark Watermelon Day on Thursday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visitors to the farmers market will be able to sample fresh watermelon, pick up recipes and meet the N.C. Watermelon Queen Kensley Leonard.
The weigh-in for the state’s largest watermelon starts at noon in the Farmers Building, with cash prizes awarded to the top four fruits, including $600 for first, $400 for second, $300 for third and $200 for fourth place.
All entries must be grown in North Carolina, and growers must be able to identify what area each watermelon is from.
If you pick up some melons, here are some tips for selecting the very best melon:
- Choose a watermelon symmetrical in shape without dents, bruises and cuts.
- Thump, if you must (listen for dull hollow sound).
- Turn watermelon over. The underside should be creamy yellow with a healthy sheen to the rind.
- Store cut watermelons in refrigerator and cover cut surface loosely with plastic wrap. Uncut watermelons keep at room temperature for up to two weeks.