Knightdale kicks off farmer’s market at Knightdale Station Park

mhankerson@newsobserver.comMay 23, 2014 

  • Don’t live in Knightdale?

    Knightdale isn’t the only town in eastern Wake with a farmer’s market. Wendell has a market that runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wendell’s market also has an EBT match program in place so visitors who are part of the EBT or SNAP programs can also buy fresh produce. SNAP or EBT participants can swipe their card for $5 worth of tokens to be spent among the market’s vendors, and the market will give the participants $5 for the first $5 spent. For more information, visit www.wendellfarmersmarket.org.

— With a new location and a new setup that welcomes live entertainment, food trucks and community resources, the Knightdale Farmer’s Market began last week with activities for all members of the family.

The market moved from Harper Park to the new Knightdale Station Park this year. As the second phase of the park is completed, which includes large shelter areas, the market will move once more before taking over its permanent location.

In addition to the new location, the market expanded this year to offer more than just food vendors.

The Parks and Recreation Department introduced the idea of a community tent, which provide resources and services to residents.

At the first market of the season, Wake County Human Services was on hand to distribute information about healthy eating and services available to residents.

Market organizer Chris Roland also had the Wake County Animal Center on hand for $5 rabies vaccinations and $10 microchips for Knightdale’s pets.

The Center teamed up with Care First Animal Hospital to administer 251 rabies vaccinations and 67 microchips.

Although not considered a market vendor, the service was the first stop for many visitors.

In addition to the new resources tent, this year’s market debuted an entertainment attraction with a live band. As a special event for the first market, the town also organized a food truck rodeo.

Traditional produce vendors will also be joined by craft vendors throughout the season. Craft vendors will offer bows, wreaths and candles.

Future services at the market will include services like sight and hearing tests, meeting with a personal trainer and bike safety checks.

Knightdale’s market will also begin accepting WIC vouchers on June 7, allowing qualifying families to purchase the fresh produce and food items.

“With this new option, we will be able to provide families with fresh, local produce that can go straight from the farm to a family table,” Roland said.

The market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to Oct. 11 and will be closed on July 5 in observation of Independence Day.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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