A “delicious” summertime tradition returns to Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, May 14, as you can support your local farmers and businesses while picking up some of the freshest produce you will find anywhere at the Knightdale Farmers Market.
Striving to give area vendors an outlet to supply local residents with the best seasonal produce around as well as high quality handmade and homemade goods, while giving them a greater awareness of local agriculture and a place to sell their goods, the Knightdale Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through October.
This year the Knightdale Farmers Market adds another fun aspect to the event; with a different theme featuring guest exhibitors from around the area will attend and correlate with going on each week. Ranging from more fun themes such as “Princesses and Superheroes” or “Pet-a-Palooza” in the first two weeks of June to some more educational topics like Farmers Appreciation Week or the Latin Fest in honor of Mexican Independence Day later in the Knightdale Farmers Market schedule, the new theme idea is sure to be a hit with all attendees.
Another new feature weekly at the Knightdale Farmers Market will be the addition of weekly Food Trucks. With the enormous popularity of both the “Food Truck Thursday” events and the “Food Truck Rodeos” held at Knightdale Station Park, the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department officials who organize the Knightdale Farmers Market decided to bring in the trucks each Saturday this year as well.
The “Drive-Thru Market” will also debut at this years’ Knightdale Farmers Market. This will be available during those weeks when the weather is not cooperating. In case of rain or inclement weather, there will be updates via social media to announce that the “Drive-Thru Market” will be taking place and you can pick up your goods while still in your car at the coned off area along Station Run Road. The “Drive-Thru Market” will be open weekly regardless of weather to cater to those with handicap tags, so they too can enjoy the fresh local tastes available each Saturday.
There will be live music provided by some of the area’s most popular local acts at most of the Knightdale Farmers Market events throughout the summer and for the little ones in the family, “Kids Corner” will be open and follow along with activities in accordance with each weekly theme.
The only two weeks between May 14 and October 8 that there will not be a Farmers Market are May 28 and July 2. For more information on the Knightdale Farmers Market and all the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events visit their website at knightdalenc.gov.
With so many great things happening in regards to the expansion and beautification of the town of Knightdale over the course of the past few years, including the development of the Knightdale Station new home community, it is obvious when one takes a look around town that Knightdale Commercial Growth numbers saw a dramatic increase during the calendar year of 2015.
Much as was reported a few months back with a noted increase across town in residential properties in 2015, the Knightdale Commercial Growth can be attributed to many different positive initiatives that have been going on. Also, the town’s positioning at the intersection of I-540 and the recently designated I-495 makes for a very desirable location for modern business.
With the residential numbers on a considerable upswing, businesses obviously see Knightdale as an area on the rise and a place where demand for their services would likewise be increased. Thus, as can be seen on the chart shown above, there was a notable increase in the number of commercial permits applied for in 2015 as opposed to the year prior, as these numbers rose from 51 to 70 during this time period. Even more dramatic was the staggering increase in Knightdale Commercial Growth where it pertains to commercial construction value. This number rose from $3.1 million in 2014 to $16.4 million in 2015.
Speaking to the notable rise in both residential and Knightdale Commercial Growth was the town’s Development Services Director, Chris Hills. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” Hills explained. “We’re seeing the market respond to policies put into place by our Mayor and Council. The new amenities, such as Knightdale Station Park and Mingo Creek Trail, are also helping us create an attractive place for residents and businesses to invest.”
Included projects in the $16.4 million spent on Knightdale Commercial Growth during 2015 of note are the town’s new Hampton Inn in addition to several large industrial buildings in the new Hinton Oaks Business Park.
One sure sign that summer is right around the corner is the beginning of the family events through the town’s Parks and Recreation Department at Knightdale Station Park. Beginning this upcoming weekend one of the warm weather traditions that family’s with in the local community has grown to anticipate, as the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series starts on Friday, April 8 at dusk.
The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Series will open up with a showing of “How to Train Your Dragon,” on April 8, with the film beginning at dusk. Moving along throughout the late Spring and Summer months, three other showings are scheduled to date, with the next being “Rio” on Friday, May 13. Heading into June, the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series continues on Friday evenings, June 10 and June 24, with “Home” and “Independence Day” rounding out the scheduled events.
The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series is free and open to the public and in addition to the feature films also offers a host of food and refreshments for those in attendance as well. Local PTA groups from schools in the area will be hosting the concessions at these events, so not only can you enjoy a great night out with the family, but all proceeds from the sale of these foods will go directly toward helping each of the school’s who will be running them. For the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series showings in April, Lockhart Elementary, while in May will run the concessions; Forestville Road Elementary will be serving up goodies. Hodge Road Elementary will handle the concessions for these events in the month of June.
Additionally, there will be another bit of Knightdale Station event “tradition” at each of these events as well, as the always popular food trucks will also have treats on hand for purchase throughout the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series. Dust Donuts will be “at the Station” on May 13 and June 24, while C&J Funnel Cakes will be on hand on both April 8 and June 10. Jay’s Italian Ice will offer an avenue to “cool off” as they will serve up their icy treats on May 13, June 10, and June 24.
The free Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series takes place at the amphitheater at Knightdale Station Park and all attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or a blanket to set out on the lawn to sit on. For more information on the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series and all the great upcoming events from the Town of Knightdale, visit their website at knightdalenc.gov.