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Special Performance by Rising Young Stars Wednesday, May 12

North Carolina Opera

The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market welcomes Opera About Town to the market on Wednesday, May 12.  Market goers will enjoy a special performance from 12:30pm to 1:30pm featuring the North Carolina Opera’s most promising young artists.  This performance will preview the North Carolina Opera’s June 12 debut showcasing operas of Puccini, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky.   Shoppers visiting earlier in the day will enjoy a performance by local musician Pete Frederick beginning at 10:30am.  While enjoying the entertainment, market customers can savor the sweet strawberries at the peak their season.  Downtown’s favorite venue for mid-week fresh produce is located at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street, every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10:00am-2:00pm through October 27.

Opera About Town is one the North Carolina Opera’s many community programs and features promising singers—perhaps tomorrow’s opera stars— as well as stars of major opera houses around the globe, performing highlights from the upcoming season, other opera favorites, familiar American standards and hits from Broadway. This is the first of the soon-to-be-announced, monthly opera series at the market.

The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, now in its third week of the season, recently added new features to its website.  A product search function enables shoppers to search for a product and learn which vendors grow that product.   An interactive market map helps shoppers find their favorite vendor and products offered by that vendor.  Visit to access these new tools.

The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, a program of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social and financial health of downtown by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together to the Raleigh Community.  The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of downtown by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local, and healthy food.

Shop at the Market for farm fresh fruits and vegetables, pork, beef, poultry, seafood, cheeses, jams and jellies, eggs, baked goods, plant starts, flowers, and more! Find a bounty of fresh, sustainably-grown produce and artisan food each Wednesday from April 28 through October 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Connect with your community farmers and choose local—it’s the healthiest and most nutritious way to eat.  For more information, visit

Special Thanks to: The market is a program produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and is made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market would also like to thank Curtis Media as their media sponsor.

About the Downtown Raleigh Alliance: The Alliance is the official nonprofit organization designated to manage and promote downtown as a regional center of commerce, tourism, and livability. Through its dedicated Board of Directors and professional staff, the Alliance team provides a comprehensive array of programs designed to build on the strengths of the downtown business district. The programs are categorized into five main areas: Clean & Safe Ambassadors, Marketing & Events, Economic Development, City Plaza Management, and Advocacy. The Alliance was created in 1996 by a coalition of community advocates, corporate leaders, and government officials. Our website is

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