There are countless ways to embrace the rising temperatures, but today we shine our light to our local farmers’ markets. Localvores, rejoice; with the summer season comes the reopening of many local marketplaces, stocking everything from fragrant blooms to finger-staining blackberries to all-natural bath bombs. Don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a selection of Charlotte and surrounding areas’ farmers’ markets, complete with a breakdown of defining features to help send you down the right path to farm-fresh local goods.
2140 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 779-6476
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • IG: @athertonmillmkt
Located in the pulse of Charlotte’s historic South District, the Atherton Market is an indoor market located within retail shopping center Atherton Mill. It joins alongside the brick and mortar stores of the Mill to provide the community with artisans’ booths such as Buckskin & Mane, Wish We Had Acres Farm, Carolina Artisan Bread and more. While shopping, grab a cup of Not Just Coffee brew to give a caffeine boost to your explorations. This market is indoors, ideal for days when you don’t feel like sweating it out in the beaming summer sun.
120 S. Main St., Davidson, NC 28036 • (980) 253-1864
Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon • IG: @farmersmarket_davidson
*Not pet friendly
Forget lazy Saturday mornings and head over to the Davidson Farmers’ Market next to Town Hall to enjoy some live music, demonstrations from area chefs and a commitment to sustainability. With over 35 local vendors who practice sustainable and organic practices, finding anything from herbs to cheeses to gluten-free and vegan selections is easy. Be sure to check out their events listing to ensure you don’t miss any must-see musical acts or learning opportunities.
1801 Yorkmont Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217 • (704) 357-1269
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
*Not pet friendly
Operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market is the largest in the area. Comprising of five open-air sheds, this large market offers a whole afternoon’s worth of browsing through baked goods, prepared foods, produce, flowers, and local crafts. Make sure to browse the market layout before arriving to create a productive plan of action for navigating the well-populated landscape of the market.
309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 (704) 975-5054
Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon • IG: @cotswoldfarmersmarket
*Not pet friendly
Founded in 2016, everything about the Cotswold Farmers’ Market is fresh. Started up by the Rotary Club of Charlotte Providence, this market has a focus on creating a thriving community environment. Vendors here sell produce, fruits, eggs, meats, bath and body goods and prepared dishes, all made within a 100-mile radius.
939 S. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204 • (704) 332-6366
Hours: Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Family-owned and -operated since 1941, the Simpson family provides produce to the community with a homey spirit. This market is cash only, so leave your credit card at home. Take note that some of the goods found here are shipped in to give customers a wide range of selections, so if you’re looking for local items exclusively, make sure to read the labels and signs. After the summer has ended and the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget about this market and remember to come back and shop their selections of Christmas trees and accessories.
1515 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204 • (704) 533-0073
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Started in 1937 and still in its original location, Mecklenburg County Market is the oldest farmers’ market in North Carolina. In a red brick building with white doors, the Mecklenburg County Market takes us back in time and gives us a fresh dose of nostalgia with a side of family-owned and -operated produce selections. While this market offers a variety of findings, such as heirloom tomatoes, figs, and peaches, we can’t seem to walk away without a tub of homemade, special-recipe pimento cheese. If processed foods, artificial coloring, and preservatives aren’t your thing, we suggest you skip this stop.
226 S Main St., Mount Holly, NC 28120 • (704) 951-4066
Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
Mount Holly Farmers’ Market not only provides you with the materials needed for a great dish, but in the heart of the market is an educational tent with cooking workshops and tips and a rotating Chef-In-Residence dedicated to helping the eating habits of the community. Local grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, non-GMO chicken, seafood, honey, produce, fruits, greenery, and even knife sharpening can be found here.
3221 Yadkin Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 • (704) 906-1705
Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
This year-round market located in the NoDa neighborhood has a loyal fan base and many repeat customers. Find goods such as honey from Midwood Hill Apiary, nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters, and grass-fed sheep’s-milk cheeses from Green Dirt Farm.
2007 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With selections of fruits, vegetables, jams, flowers, eggs, honey, breads, wine and more, the Plaza Midwood Farmers’ Market is a one-stop shop for any local needs. Parented by Dover Vineyards, don’t forget to throw a bottle (or three!) of this local wine in your market shopping bag. Duck eggs, pork chops, arugula, and okra are just a few selections you can be sure to find here.
TOP TIPS for FARMERS MARKET FUN!
- Carry cash. Some vendors may accept cards, but just in case, cash is universal! Smaller bills are also more convenient in case they don’t have change for larger bills.
- Ask questions! Locally grown goods offer a great opportunity to chat up the farmer/maker with any questions about the products. Vendors love to talk about what they do!
- Bring bags! Make sure to bring along a sturdy shopping bag or two to carry your spoils in. Nothing is worse than a shopping trip cut short due to a lack of hands.
- Plan accordingly for the elements. Mother Nature isn’t always as friendly as the vendors, so make sure to apply sunscreen on sunny days and check the forecast for possibilities of rain.
- Know your seasons. Many items are only grown seasonally, so brush up on what grows best during what season to know what to expect at the market. This is a great opportunity to talk to the growers and ask what produce is to come into season at what times.
- Be flexible. We are working with smaller-batch local farmers and sustainable goods here, so what you came for might already be sold out or not in stock for the day. Be willing to branch out and try new things.
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