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Snow alert: Farmers markets closed Saturday

You won’t be shopping in the snow at the Matthews farmers market Saturday.
You won’t be shopping in the snow at the Matthews farmers market Saturday. Kathleen Purvis

All the major Charlotte-area farmers markets won’t open Saturday because of snow and ice. The Matthews Community Farmers Market, the Davidson Farmers Market and the NoDa Farmers Market all decided Thursday afternoon to close Saturday, while the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market announced Friday morning that it will be closed both Friday and Saturday.

The Atherton Market in SouthEnd will be open, although the number of vendors will be limited.

With farmers unable to harvest Friday and outer roads treacherous, the markets will skip their winter market schedules Saturday.

Matthews market manager Pauline Wood sent out an alert Thursday afternoon: “The safety of our customers and vendors is our utmost concern. The farmers market will reopen Saturday, Jan. 30.”

In Davidson, which operates on a reduced schedule in winter, the market would have been open this week. But new manager Abby Wyatt said they decided to stay closed and open Jan. 30 instead. The next market Saturday after that will be Feb. 13. The NoDa market, 711 E. 36th St., also won’t open this week.

At the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, manager Amie Newsome had not yet received word from the N.C. Department of Agriculture in Raleigh on Thursday afternon. But by Friday morning, she had added the news on a recording for customers and vendors: No market either Friday or Saturday.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis