Fresh. Local. Healthy. All important elements in my food choices. And the best places to find this type of food are at farmers markets. Luckily for us, there are a plethora of Charlotte farmers markets!
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
This market operates year-round with hours through the summer every day except Monday. Located at 1801 Yorkmont Road in Charlotte, it is convenient to South Tryon Street, Tyvola Road, I-77, and I-85. Wares include produce, meats, fish, dairy, wine, eggs, crafts and even plants to start your own garden at home. For more information, visit the market’s website.
King’s Drive Farmers Market
Located in Dilworth, this market is a popular one with the Charlotte crowd. It’s a bit smaller than the other markets around the area, but it still has a great selection. You can find it at the intersection of King’s Drive and Morehead Street and operates Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, April through October. But be aware that they only accept cash.
Atherton Mill and Market
This center is located in the heart of SouthEnd, and it features local meat, produce, fish and more foods, in addition to other artisan home goods. As they say on their Facebook page: “From fresh meats and vegetables to unique art and jewelry, the market offers a fantastic shopping experience for a variety of wants and needs.” Check them out on Facebook!
Plaza Midwood Farmers Market
This market is open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm at 2007 Commonwealth, in the heart of Plaza Midwood. All of their vendors are carefully selected, and only products made by local vendors, caught by local fishermen, harvested by local beekeepers or created by local chefs are offered. Stay up-to-date via their Facebook page!
Cotswold Farmers Market
The newest farmers market in Charlotte is the Cotswold Farmers Market. The producer-only market will officially open in May, but estimates are that about 16 farmers and vendors selling produce, meats, dairy, prepared foods, wine, and coffee will vend there. The market will also offer children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and nutritional programs. As the name indicates, this one’s in Cotswold at 309 S. Sharon Amity Road, and will be open Saturdays from 8am to noon.
Matthews Farmers Market
Located right in the heart of downtown Matthews, this one’s a little out of my usual stomping grounds, But you can find fabulous locally grown foods, flowers, plants and specialty items all in one spot. It is the largest, most diverse, producers-only farmers market in the greater Charlotte area, and they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. They’re open year-round, with hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visit their website for the latest information on that week’s offerings.