It's easy being a Green Plate Special

I enjoy the Moore Square Farmers Market in downtown Raleigh, but it’s kind of tough for me to get to from my suburban burrow – I have to deal with one-way streets, endless construction and deck parking, all of which I have a low tolerance for. However, for downtown workers and the increasing number of residents, it’s a delightful gift. This will be the fourth year that it has sold pasture-raised meats, organic vegetables, free-range eggs, artisan breads and other goodies from more than 20 vendors. Around July last year, some of my friends who work downtown held a tomato lunch in their office: ‘mater sandwiches using fresh heirloom tomatoes straight from the market. That beats a drive-through anytime.

Good news this year, if you’re as lazy and/or easily annoyed as I am. A number of downtown restaurants will offer Green Plate Specials on the last Wednesday of the month, featuring produce and other items from the market. Scheduled so far are Zely & Ritz (April 29), Second Empire (May 27), Poole’s Diner (June 24), Jibarra (July 29) and Mo’s Diner (Aug. 26).

The market will open for the season on April 15 and operate each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August. Most of the items are grown or produced within 90 miles of the market. The market is produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

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