Our History

The State Farmer’s Market was established many years ago. Prior to and during World War II, most of the locals sold their produce all over the area with no central location to display and sell their goods. The farmers conducted an informal study and found that a larger, centralized location was needed for wholesalers, truckers and local farmers which would allow all their businesses to benefit. In 1955 the very first State Farmer’s Market was constructed on a 17-acre site in another part of Raleigh by a private developer.  In 1958 he opened a “Farmers Section” which was leased to the NC Department of Agriculture for operation and maintenance. The NCDA then purchased the Farmer’s Market in 1961, and continues operating all State-owned Farmers Markets across North Carolina.