With North Carolina ranked as one of the nation’s top producers of fruits and veggies, our farmers’ markets are fantastic resources for getting fresh, local goodies. And with most markets getting underway this month for spring, the time is ripe to grab a basket and start loading up.
The Davidson Farmer’s Market Not only is the Davidson Farmers’ Market the largest producer-only, year-round market in the area, featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from the region, it’s also one of the area’s most popular community happenings. Hundreds of folks gather in downtown Davidson for these fun and lively weekend events, where they connect with friends and neighbors while looking over a variety of local fruits, vegetables, grass-fed beef, freerange chicken, eggs, fresh-baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, and more. Where: 120 South Main Street, next to Davidson Town Hall. When: Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (Between Nov. and March the market is open every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.) Details: www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org
The Huntersville Farmers Market Sponsored by the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, this is a small but growing market. The May 11 kickoff coincides with the “Hello Huntersville” event, which will feature art, music, food vendors, and kids’ rides. Where: 103 Maxwell Street When: Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Details: www.huntersville.org
The Mooresville Rotary Farmer’s Market The Mooreville Rotary Club has sponsored this market since 1976. It features jewelry makers, baked goods, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread, and pottery. Where: Historic downtown Mooresville at the corner of Center and Church streets. When: Starts Sat., May 18. Sat. and Wed. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Details: Call Brenda Hawkins at 704-663-3892.
Josh’s Farmers Market Like the name suggests, Josh Graham oversees this Mooresville roadside market, which offers everything from fruits, veggies, eggs, shrimp, fresh-cut flowers, longleaf pine needles, and glass-bottled milk. Where: 189 Williamson Road, Mooresville When: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Details: www.joshsfarmersmarket.com
Statesville Rotary Club Farmers Market Going strong since 1975, the Statesville Rotary Club Farmers Market offers fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, baked goods, ready-to-eat food items, crafts, plants and flowers. Where: At the corner of South Meeting and West Front streets in downtown Statesville adjacent to Statesville Police Department. When: Sat. 7 a.m.-12 p.m.; Mon. 4-7 p.m., Wed. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Details: www.statesvillerotary.org.
The Evening Farmers Market A small group of local farmers started this market 15 years ago and today it has dozens of vendors offering everything from produce, baked good and crafts. Where: Corner of Water and Center streets at Pecan Park in Statesville. When: Thurs. 4-6 p.m. Details: www.theeveningfarmersmarket.com.
Bailey Road Farmers Market Coffeehosue LKN hosts this new market, which features homemade pasta, fresh bread, organic meat, pickles, produce, fruit, flowers, baked goods, and eggs, along with kids’ games and artists’ booths. Where: 9606 Bailey Road, Cornelius When: Sat. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Details: www.facebook.com/TheCoffeehouseLkn