Downtown Raleigh is getting a weekend farmers market

A weekend downtown Raleigh farmers market is a long time in the making. 

Tina Govan has lived in the Mordecai neighborhood for 30 years. On her walks around the neighborhoods of downtown on the weekends, the empty state-owned parking lots got her thinking.

What a weekend downtown Raleigh farmers market might looks like.
A rendering of a downtown Raleigh farmers market on one of the state-owned lots.

“Here’s this great walkable neighborhood… but here’s this sea of asphalt you have to traverse,” she said.

Why not use the empty parking lots for people?

After hearing from neighbors and Person Street area business owners that they wished there was a downtown Raleigh farmers market on the weekends, she started exploring the idea

The Person Street Market will have its first pop-up farmers market on the state lot at Jones and Person streets — walkable from Oakwood, Mordecai, Person Street area and New Bern-Edenton neighborhoods. 

Person Street Market, a pop-up downtown Raleigh farmers market on the weekend.

The first pop-up will be on Sunday, Sept. 29. Two more pop-ups are planned for the same space the weekends of October 19 or 20 and Nov. 16 or 17. 

Tina hopes the farmers market will create a place for people to connect and hang out on the weekends. After the fall pop-ups, she’d like to get a regular schedule in the spring of 2020.

Vendors confirmed include:

Field to Cottage Nursery, who specialize in “native plants, heirloom  flowers and vegetables, & medicinal and culinary herbs.”

Local farmers such as S&L farm, Many Hands Farm and Oberweis Dairy

Sweets such as Royal Cheesecake & Varieties and piepops from Confections by Rachael

Person Street bottle shop brick & mortar Pelagic….

Plus: Seafood from Apex Seafood Market, goat soap from Hank E. Panky, coffee, bagels, pet food and many more.

See a full list of confirmed vendors here and apply to be a vendor for upcoming markets.

READ MORE: Moore Square recently reopened and has a Wednesday downtown farmers market.

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