The smart people of Charlotte have access to a bounty of farmers markets. No matter where you live within the beltway, there’s most likely a farmers market near you.
Here’s are eight farmers markets that will keep your family eating fresh and local this spring, with pertinent info about each one.
1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte.
The granddaddy — and largest — of the farmers markets. Shoppers can find everything from produce, meats, fish, dairy, wine and eggs, to crafts and even plants to start a garden at home. There are also a few flower vendors to brighten your home, or someone’s day.
This year welcomes more vendors selling prepared foods like hot sauce, breads and desserts.
Hours of operation:
September–April: Tuesday–Saturday 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
May–August: Tuesday–Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday noon–6 p.m.
2104 South Blvd., Charlotte
The market is a hodgepodge of local business selling local produce, meats, eggs and fish, plus prepared foods like bread, pastries and at-home meals. The mix of wares being sold leans more towards prepared items. There are even some artisan home and bath products available.
Hours of Operation: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
188 North Trade Street, Matthews
The Matthews Community Farmers Market is a growers-only market, which means all food must be grown or produced within a 50-mile radius of the city and all seafood must be line-caught off the coast of North Carolina. Shoppers will find produce, meat, dairy, seafood, prepared foods, eggs and honey. There’s often live music and chef demonstrations.
Hours of Operation:
Growing Season (starting April 16): Saturday 8 a.m.–noon.
Winter Season: Saturday 8–10 a.m.
938 S. Kings Drive, Charlotte.
This Dilworth neighborhood favorite sells plants, flowers, produce, meat, seafood, eggs and honey. They only accept cash, so plan accordingly.
Hours of Operations:
April–October: Tuesday 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
704 E. 36th Street, Charlotte.
The NoDa Farmers Market is a producers-only market — vendors most either grow or make the products themselves. It’s a smaller market, but you can still find plenty to peruse: Meat, fish, dairy, baked goods, coffee, wine and beard oil.
Hours of Operation: Saturday 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.
The newest farmers market in Charlotte is the Rotary-run Cotswold Farmers Market. The producer-only market is still in its final stages of planning but estimates about 16 farmers and vendors selling produce, meats, dairy, prepared foods, wine and coffee. The market will also offer children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and nutritional programs.
Hours of Operation:
May 7-Oct. 29: Saturday 8 a.m.–noon.
2007 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte.
The Plaza Midwood Farmers Market is operated by Dover Farms and Vineyard, but multiple farmers are represented selling produce, eggs, honey, flowers and preserves.
Hours of Operation: Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
1704 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.
The family-owned farmers market serves northeast Charlotte with not only their own produce but the product of other area farmers and producers. The market sells produce, preserves, pickles, meats, eggs, honey, bread and dairy.
Hours of Operation: Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Photos: Bryan Richards