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The Downtown Farmers Market comes back this summer but changes location again

Raleigh reached out to local artists and art groups for help decorating the construction fencing surrounding Moore Square. The first of four installations stretches across the square’s Hargett Street boundary. In full, it reads: “Logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you anywhere.”
Raleigh reached out to local artists and art groups for help decorating the construction fencing surrounding Moore Square. The first of four installations stretches across the square’s Hargett Street boundary. In full, it reads: “Logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you anywhere.” hgargan@newsobserver.com

The downtown Farmers Market is going through some big changes for the second year in a row, with a new location, name and hours set for the summer.

The popular market will relocate a block over from Fayetteville Street to City Market in June and then the new Moore Square Park when the updated park opens, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced Thursday.

While previous markets have been held mid-day to capitalize on lunch crowds, this year’s market will be 4 to 7 p.m.

Last year, the market had a new home, having moved from its longtime City Plaza spot further up Fayetteville Street to the corridors surrounding the new Poyner YMCA.

The popular host of "A Chef's Life" Vivian Howard signed books and talked with fans at the downtown Raleigh Farmers Market Wednesday, July 25, 2017.

Last year’s new name, Market on Market, also has changed to reflect its new location. Now it will be called Moore Square Market.

David Moore, the placemaking and activations manager with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, said the new location will allow the market to grow. It also will have restrooms and designated parking.

“The new space will definitely allow us to accommodate more vendors,” he told The News & Observer in a phone interview Thursday. “At the last place, we were able to accommodate about 20 vendors and at Moore Square, we are hoping to do 20-25 each week.”

The market will be open June 5 to Oct. 16.

For the month of June, it will be housed in City Market, across the street from Moore Square. On June 26, it will move to Moore Square.

Moore Square Park is currently undergoing a major facelift with the addition of an event space, cafe and bathrooms, among other features.

The Moore Square Market will continue to have themed events, including “Tomatolicious” and the honey festival, which have been favorites in previous years.

There also will be live entertainment and craft vendors as well as a way to highlight nonprofits.

“Each week we are going to pick one nonprofit and they are going to be able to host an activity and share their mission with the community of Raleigh,” Moore said.

The market will partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to keep their EBT Food Stamp program for this year.

“This allows anyone who has EBT or SNAP benefits to attend the market and purchase items there,” he said. “We will also do a $10 match. So, if a customer has EBT or SNAP benefits and spends $10, we will give them another $10 to spend at the market.

For details, go to raleigheatlocal.com.

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