Raleigh, with its numerous excellent restaurants, is an attractive market for small regional farmers producing a wide variety of fresh and artisan foods including meats, fresh produce, fruits, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies, etc. Restaurants and their customers crave these high-value, local products.
Yet Raleigh makes parking extremely difficult in downtown when it comes to delivery during business hours. Metered parking spots near restaurants are rarely available, and commercial loading zones require decals on vehicles and commercial license plates. Most small vendors make deliveries in their personal vehicles, which lack such identifying features. Noncommercial loading zones exist, their distances from restaurants are inconvenient. There isn’t even a map on the parking link website indicating where these zones are to help small vendors plan their delivery trips.
Can’t the city do better than this in support of local food and small vendors, or is Raleigh’s business just for the big guys?
Owner, Duckwood Farm