NC State Farmers Market

market veggies

photo by instructor ecparent

Where do you shop for food? Do you go to Food Lion? Harris Teeter? Wal-Mart? What about the NC State Farmers Market?

Where is the Farmers Market?

The Farmers Market is located near the corner of Lake Wheeler Road and Centennial Parkway in Raleigh. Click here to get directions.

What can I buy there?

At the market, you will find a large, covered area, where local farmers sell fruits, vegetables, and plants. The market also has other buildings where you can buy meat, cheese, wine, bread, candy, gifts, soap, and lotion all made in North Carolina.

When can I go?

The market is open Monday through Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

What else can I do there?

If you get hungry while you’re there, you can eat in one of three restaurants. Market Grill is open for breakfast and lunch (7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. The Seafood Restaurant is open Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. And the State Farmers Market Restaurant is open Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you want to meet American farmers, buy NC products, or try authentic North Carolinian food, visit the NC State Farmers Market. To find out what’s in season (which fruits/vegetables are ready to eat now), look at this chart. You might be able to buy everything you need at the Farmers Market to make one of these delicious salads!

Your Turn

Discuss with your classmates, or write a comment to answer these questions:

  1. What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? How do you like to prepare them?
  2. Where do you buy produce (fruits and vegetables)?
  3. How is shopping for food in the United States similar to shopping for food in your country? How is it different?
  4. Do you buy what’s in season, or do you buy what’s in the supermarket?
  5. Why is it important to buy food from local farmers?

The State Fair Is Coming!

The North Carolina State Fair comes to Raleigh for 10 days every fall. It will start on Thursday, October 16 and end on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

How much does it cost?

It costs $7-9 for an adult to enter the fair. It costs $3-4 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children ages 5 and under get in for free. Adults over the age of 65 also get in for free! Buy your tickets early to save money.

What is there to do at the fair?

There are MANY fun and interesting things to do at the fair. Click on each one to get more information.

  • Rides – If you buy tickets before the fair starts, you can save money. Click here for more information about tickets.
  • Food – Food is EVERYWHERE at the fair. You can eat honey cotton candy, NCSU ice cream, and more fried foods than you can imagine.

    photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

    photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

  • Concerts – To attend these concerts, you must pay to enter the fair AND to enter the concert.
  • Free Entertainment – You still have to pay to enter the fair, but when you are inside the gates, these things do not cost extra. Click here for free concerts (including Bluegrass!).
  • Folk Festival – You can hear traditional music and see traditional dancing from NC!
  • Antique Farm Machines – If you have a young son, he will love this. You can see old farm equipment from the 1930s-1950s!
  • World War I Exhibit – Learn some NC and American history at this educational exhibit.
  • Fireworks! – There will be fireworks every night at 9:45 to signal the end of the night. At that time, all of the fair buildings will close, and the gates will not allow new people to enter.

How do I get there?

The NC State Fair is located at the corner of Blue Ridge Rd. and Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.

How to get to the fair

image by Google maps and instructor ecparent

There are many ways you can get there. You can drive and look for a place to park nearby, but be careful! Do not park in private driveways, and pay attention to “No Parking” signs. You can pay to park in many places close to the fair. You can park a little farther away and ride a shuttle bus. Or you can take a train! This site has all the information you need to get to the fair. If you have any questions, please ask your teacher for help.

Your Turn

Are you going to the fair? Here are some ideas for you:

  • Write a comment, and tell us what you are going to do there!
  • Go with your classmates and their families! Write a comment to tell us about it!
  • After you go to the fair, write a comment, and tell us what you enjoyed.
  • Take pictures, and show them to your class.
  • Have fun!

What’s Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is celebrated in North America every year on February 2nd and began with Pennsylvania’s early settlers. There is a legend that on this day a  animal that is called a groundhog can predict whether an early spring will come or whether winter will stay on longer.  Remember that predict means that you guess what will happen (often in the future).

The groundhog is a small animal that digs and lives under the ground. It is also called a woodchuck. In the winter they hibernate ( sleep) like bears and some other animals. According to the legend, the groundhog comes out of his hole on this day after his winter hibernation to look for his shadow. If it’s a sunny day and he sees his shadow, this predicts six more weeks of bad weather. If the day is overcast and he doesn’t see his shadow, this predicts an early spring is coming.

The official groundhog lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. His name is Punxsutawney Phil. On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of season.

I’m ready for spring… aren’t you??? Let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow!

 Learn about Groundhog day by looking at these links

Now can you answer these questions?

1. Groundhog day is February _____

a. 2nd

b. 12th

c. 22nd

2. The groundhog hibernates (sleeps) during

a. summer


c. winter

3. When the groundhog comes out of its hole after winter hibernation, it looks for its

a. mother

b. shadow

c. fans

4. If  the groundhog sees its shadow (the sun is shining)

a. there will be six more weeks of winter

b. there will be an early spring

c. it will be frightened and run back into its hole