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Seasonal Fare: Charlotte Farmers Markets

While you can only expect to find seasonal fruits and vegetables at Charlotte Farmers Markets, the season for these markets is year-round in the Queen City. Here’s a round-up of some of the options.

Of course, there are more farmers’ markets open in the warm weather months, but you can find fresh produce, organic cheese and meats, and other interesting local food offerings at indoor markets too in Charlotte.

The big one is the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. This is one of four state-owned farmers’ markets in North Carolina. Found at 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, this market offers fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, and more. You can stroll the open-air stalls or look inside the building for what you need.

The Kings Drive Farmers Market is a favorite for those around Uptown Charlotte. Located at 938 S. Kings Drive in Charlotte, this market features a co-op of farmers bringing their fresh fruits and veggies to town Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll also be able to find some plants for the garden and usually there’s a fresh seafood stall too.

While you’re at King’s Drive, you can walk over to the Mecklenburg County Market at 1515 Harding Place. This indoor market by the hospital is a small, family-run market. It’s also the oldest farmers market.

The NoDa Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings on the patio of the NoDa Company Store. Vendors typically include Two Moons Family Farms for meats, Lazy Heron Farms for veggies, Orrman’s Cheese Shop for savory snacks, and A Smart Cookie for baked goods.

Many of Charlotte’s best neighborhoods also house farmers markets:

  • The Cotswold Farmers Market is at 309 S. Sharon Amity Rd on Saturdays
  • Plaza Midwood‘s farmers market is open April through November, Saturdays at the Common Market on Commonwealth Ave
  • The year-round South End market is in the newly renovated Atherton at Tremont Avenue and South Boulevard and showcases small local farms and artisans on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • The Rosa Parks Farmers Market opens June at Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Road

Day Trip of Charlotte Area Farmers Markets

You can also make your farmers market adventure part of a day trip. You might check out some of the areas around Charlotte to get fresh food and also enjoy some time at the beach or exploring a more small-town feel.

Davidson’s Farmers Market at 120 S. Main St. is open on Saturdays. While there you could also spend some time on Lake Norman.

South of Charlotte you might check out the Matthews Community Farmers Market on 188 N. Trade St., Matthews. This market, the largest producer-only market in the area,  boasts all of its goods, except fish, are grown, raised, or made within 50 miles of Matthews. Matthews itself has held on to its small-town feel and you can find a town hall, library, elementary school, park, and old-time hardware store all within a few family-friendly blocks.

Mint Hill also has its own farmers market on Saturdays, May through October. You’ll find locally grown produce, handmade crafts, and more at this market in the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village.

The Waxhaw Famers Market at 27290 Waxhaw Parkway, is open from April through December, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Founded in 2001, this market is a “growers-only” market and all products are grown or made locally.

Agriculture is North Carolina’s no. 1 industry, so you can’t go wrong at the Charlotte Farmers Markets, and those in the area. Any of these options is a good opportunity to support small businesses and enjoy a community gathering. At the same time, you get the benefit of eating local and healthy!

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