The Charlotte Tailgate Farmers Market in the South End will kick off the season with its Almost-Summer Extravaganza on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Summer produce is flourishing with the recent rain and sun bursts, and we are ready to roll out the green carpets for the inaugural seasonal vegetables and fruits. Hens are laying eggs, bees are pollinating flowers and making honey, and goats are giving up milk for local cheese!
To celebrate the oncoming summer season, Mark Herbert, a Charlotte native who is now based in Wilmington, will perform 10 a.m., followed by a cooking demonstration at 11 am by local celebrity chef Mark Hibbs.
In addition, there will be featured art by Muddy Muse, Sixteen Acre Wood, David French Originals, and Frankly Scarlett Furniture. Coffee will be provided by Caribou Coffee on East Boulevard.
New and returning vendors this season on Saturdays include Fisher Farm, Blueberry Hill, Entropy Acres, Harmony Gardens, Really Local Honey, Passionate Poet wine, Essential Bath Company, Beverly’s Gourmet Foods, Green Monster Garden, Windcrest Organics, Felicitea, Down Home Baking Company, Leah’s Cuisine, Billie’s Pickle Jar, The Secret Chocolatier, Shady Creek Farm, and SkyeTurtle Designs.
About Mark Herbert
Mr. Mark aka Mark Dannon Herbert has been providing fun filled entertainment for the whole family for over 6 years. Incorporating many styles of music in to his performances that encourage crowd interaction and audience participation, Mr. Mark is sure to make you smile and join in the fun. From classic original hits like “Eat your vegetables” to silly song parodies such as “The wheels on the Folsom school bus,” there is something for everyone at a Mr. Mark show. Visit www.futureshine.com to book Mr. Mark for your own events!
About Mark Hibbs
Mark Hibbs is owner and head chef at Ratcliffe on the Green, highlighting farm-to-fork cuisine in a vibrant brasserie on North Tryon in uptown Charlotte.
About the Charlotte Tailgate Farmers Market
The Charlotte Tailgate Farmers Market, commonly known as “The Tailgate,” was recently voted Best Place to Buy Local in Charlotte by Charlotte magazine. The Tailgate was started to give local growers using organic practices an opportunity to participate in a local food farmers market and build relationships with members of our urban community. Our market strives to be a fun, educational, fresh marketplace for savvy urban shoppers and locavores who recognize the value of seasonal produce, flowers, and other farm goods.
In addition to professional farmers, we host urban gardeners and small-plot growers who can be enticed to grow for market and share their bounty with others in the community. We strongly believe that urban agriculture is the future of farming in the Piedmont region. This season we’ve introduced a raised bed garden to serve as a fresh backdrop for cooking demonstrations and other events in 2009.
The Tailgate is located at 100 West Park Avenue. We are close to the Bland station on the CATS light rail system, and have on-site parking.
You can visit The Tailgate on the Web at www.charlottetailgatemarket.com.