Farmers MarketsBuy fresh fruits, flowers and more just steps from where they were pickedFrom mountain-grown apples and collard greens in fall to strawberries in spring to beefsteak tomatoes in summer, North Carolina’s farm-fresh crops offer an edible encyclopedia of great local tastes. Our four farmers markets are owned by the state and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Department’s website lets you search listings for dozens of regional, county and city farmers markets, as well as hundreds of pick-your-own farms, roadside farm stands and specialized farms all around the state.Charlotte Regional Farmers MarketCharlotte Shop for fresh produce, fresh pork products, grass-fed beef, ostrich and emu meat, goat milk cheese, baked goods, jams and jellies, goat’s milk soap and beautiful, fresh-cut flowers. Also on site are the Greenery Barn, which supplies local gardeners with all kinds of flowers, bedding plants, shrubs and trees, and the Craft Barn, with a wide selection of handmade items and gifts.Piedmont Triad Farmers MarketColfax This state-of-the-art facility between Winston-Salem and Greensboro opened in 1995 and allows bona fide growers to set up store under a 21,120-square-foot retail shelter. Here, you can purchase fresh, local fruits, vegetables and ornamentals directly from the farmer who grew them. You can also enjoy a series of promotional events such as Watermelon Day, Pumpkin Day, or one of several craft fairs.Raleigh Farmers MarketRaleigh More than fresh vegetables, the Raleigh Farmers Market is a family adventure. Considered one of the best and most modern markets in the country, this market has 75 acres of indoor and outdoor specialty shops, restaurants and a garden center, with fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and gift products from across the state. Be sure to visit the Meat and Cheese Center, where you can find farm-raised beef, poultry, ostrich, mutton, duck and bison, as well as other specialty meats, farmstead cheeses, eggs and more.Western North Carolina Farmers MarketAsheville Close to downtown Asheville and two major interstates, this 36-acre market provides visitors with a cornucopia of produce and other goods, as well as a stunning view of the mountains and the Biltmore. Take your pick from displays of high quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey and dozens of other farm-fresh items. There’s also a deli with sandwiches and ice cream, a full service restaurant, garden and nursery center.