Farmers’ markets are a summertime staple in Charlotte. They offer a farm-to-table experience with locally grown seasonal produce that will leave you feeling excited to try new recipes. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the best of Charlotte’s farmer’s markets, fresh produce and seasonal recipes.
Cotswold Farmers’ Market
The Cotswold Farmers’ Market is a must-visit Saturday morning destination. Located in the middle of Cotswold, this market is gaining a reputation as the best place to find local produce sourced directly from the cultivators. They even have fresh-cut flowers as well as handcrafted soaps and local musicians playing as you shop.
Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market
The Charlotte Farmers’ Market is one of four regional markets owned and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. If you are looking for a friendly place to shop for fresh produce, pork products, grass-fed beef, goat cheese, seasonal jams and jellies, as well as horticulture needs; this is the place. Chat with local farmers about what’s in season and how to select the freshest produce. Visit one of their many booths located on Yorkmont Road.
Davidson Farmers’ Market
The Davidson Farmers’ Market is a four-season reoccurring market that features more than 35 farmers and local producers, known for being a lively gathering place for meeting friends and learning about food and agriculture. Their knowledgeable growers and producers are always available to offer insight on the best ways to prepare and preserve all types of produce. Discover tips and tricks for picking the best produce from one of their many experts located on South Main Street.
Mint Hill Farmers’ Market
Open from May to October, the Mint Hill Farmers’ Market features locally grown produce, crafts booths, sweet and savoury baked goods, and a variety of plants and fresh-cut flowers. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through their market and chat with local vendors on Saturdays, but be sure to visit early as they’re only open until 1 p.m. on Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Uptown Farmers’ Market
The Uptown Farmers Market is located on a 4.5-acre parking lot of First Baptist Charlotte, making it an ideal walk for uptown residents and providing ample parking for those driving in from out of the city center. Its mission is to engage and educate others about the importance of locally grown food and healthy eating habits. Located on South Davidson Street, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy, with a wide variety of locally grown produce and sweet treats.
A day at the market can leave anyone hungry. Luckily there are plenty of local spots incorporating the best seasonal ingredients on their menus.
Haymaker serves farm-fresh food paired with seasonal cocktails in Uptown Charlotte. They focus on heirloom ingredients, preservation and sustainable meat and seafood practices to build their menu on South Poplar Street, minutes from Empire Landings at NoDa.
Images courtesy of: Shelley Pauls (First Banner); Shelley Pauls (Second Banner); Jordan Christian (Third Banner); Southern Living (Grilled Corn-and-Salmon Salad with Tomatoes); Southern Living (Curried Okra Shoestring Fries); Pori He (Watermelon-Tomato Cooler Recipe); Southern Living (Heirloom Tomato Pie Recipe); Southern Living (Sheet Pan Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes, and Sausage Recipe); Southern Living (Grilled Baby Eggplant Parmesan).