Will my Saturday morning routine be in for a change?
As a dedicated farmers-market shopper, my first move of the weekend is usually to roll out of bed, grab my keys and head to one of several farmers markets, most frequently the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road. It’s not really a hardship drive: My neighborhood off Providence Road is about 7.5 miles from both the state-run regional market and the all-local Matthews Community Market off N.C. 51 at 188 N. Trade St. I often pick which one according to what’s on my shopping-wish list. (It’s always best to approach farmers market shopping with a wish list that can change according
Still, on really busy weekends, any time savings is a big help. So this is great news for those of us who live in the densely populated neighborhood district that is generally referred to as Cotswold, mostly concentrated around Sharon Amity, Providence and Randolph roads: The area will get a new source for fresh food starting May 7 with the debut of the Cotswold Farmers Market.
Market manager Mike Walker says the new market will run May 7 to Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The location: 309 S. Sharon Amity Road, behind Cotswold Medical Center and across from Cotswold Mall. Walker is a member of the Charlotte Providence Rotary, which will run the market, and the Levine Children’s Hospital is the lead sponsor.
Walker says they plan to open with 15 vendors, but they have room for 22. All food has to be grown or produced within 100 miles, and they are visiting vendors to verify. The best contact email right now for vendor applications: firstname.lastname@example.org. A website is on the way soon, and there is a Cotswold Farmers Market Facebook page.
Walker says they’re trying to get a wide variety of locally produced food.
“We’re basically trying to do everything every other market does – poultry, meat and seafood and produce.” Seafood purveyor Tim Griner is expected to be a vendor, and he has another producer bringing milk, goat cheese and yogurt.