I had a discouraging conversation last week with a farmer who sells at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. Despite Toyota staging a huge event at last week's market, where people could eat free food, get free garden plants and ride in a Prius, this farmer only sold about $70 worth of vegetables.
Now I'm worried. This midday, mid-week market struggled at its former location at Moore Square. This year, it moved to City Plaza, a better location to attract folks during their lunch hour. But if folks aren't buying the products the farmers are selling, then it will cease to be a farmers market.
Listen, I'm as guilty as the rest of you. I have only shopped there twice since it started this summer. I understand the planning that shopping at this market requires. If you don't have a refrigerator available at work, you have to pack a cooler with ice or those reusable freezer packs. Our lives are busy and that type of planning can fall through the cracks on busy Wednesday mornings.
So I'm going to try to do better. I am going to become a more regular shopper at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. I hope to see you there.
The market runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays on city plaza on Fayetteville St.