One of the great things about Charlotte is that you don’t have to count on your typical grocery store chain for your regular food shopping needs. There are many farmers markets in our city that are great places to secure locally grown, fresh, colorful produce for your family each week. With a farmers market in almost every neighborhood, it’s super easy to get out and shop on a Saturday and it’s a whole lot of fun too. These neighborhood farmers markets bring the food scene and the social scene together in our city and make for a fun weekend outing for the whole family.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Kings Drive Farmers Market
The King's Drive Farmers Market is located in Midtown, and has been serving the residents of Charlotte since the 1940's.
One of the smaller markets in Charlotte, Kings Drive Farmers Market is the perfect place to stop on the way home if your looking for fresh fruits and vegetables for your dinner recipe.
Fresh local strawberries and blackberries, peaches, squash, cucumbers, green peppers, and potatoes are just a few of the items you can find at Kings Drive Farmers Market. Most of the produce at Kings Drive Farmers Market is supplied by Simpson's Produce, a co-op of local farmers that work to bring the freshest food items to the city of Charlotte.
Now, is the perfect time to visit Kings Drive Farmers Market and pick up a few of these beautiful potted mums for your front step or around your yard.
Kings Drive Farmers Market also has a large selection of pumpkins and gourds, so bring the kids this Saturday and pick out your autumn decor!
938 S Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204
2. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is one of the largest farmers markets in our area and is one of four regional markets in the state that is owned operated by the State of North Carolina. The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is located off of Yorkmont Road out in West Charlotte and is definitely a must-see.
This farmers market has everything from produce, pork products, grass fed beef, goat milk cheese, baked goods, handmade soaps, and more.
There are many local vendors who sell homemade products that are non-food items here as well. You can find handmade handbags, woven scarves, handmade jewelry, and more. We spent hours in this market moving from table to table looking at all the items available, and we are sure you'll want to as well!
The fruit and vegetables are all fresh and homegrown by North Carolina farmers.
Many times the farmers are at the market selling their produce themselves so you can actually talk to the person who grew and harvested your fruit and veggies and ask any questions you might have about the growing process.
Many vendors provide sample items as you walk by.
So while you are asking your farmer about how those beautiful apples were grown, you can munch on one of them as well to make sure they are up to your standards.
Unique items like local bees wax will also be for sale at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market.
This is a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family who might be interested in local items.
1801 Yorkmont Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
3. Atherton Market
Atherton Market is located in South End over in Atherton Mills shopping center. Every Saturday, local farmers and community artisans head out to the Atherton Market to share their livelihood with the rest of the Charlotte community.
At this market, you'll find vendors selling fresh produce, meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy. You can even find supplies and information about how you can start your own garden at your home.
The Atherton Market is an indoor market where pets are allowed, so bring your dog on a leash to wander around the market with you and do some shopping this Saturday.
On many Saturdays, there is a food truck parked outside of Atherton Market, so you can grab a delicious local lunch before or after you shop.
The Atherton Market is one of the more social markets in the area, as many residents from the South End neighborhood gather here on Saturdays to catch up and mingle.
There are tons of local vendors who come out to Atherton Market each week.
They include Windy Hill, Coto Family Farms, Brewington Farms, Bell's Best Berries, The Gardner's Table, Lucky Fish, Rogue Farms, Grass Fed Productions/Root Down Foods, SkyeTurtle Designs, Exceptional Terrariums, Cold Water Creek Farms, Harmony Gardens, and Carolina Artisan Bread.
2120 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
4. NoDa Farmers Market
NoDa Farmers Market is a community market in the historic NoDa neighborhood. At this market you'll find gorgeous flowers and bouquets, the best fresh fruits and vegetables, and awesome artisan products you wouldn't have been able to find anywhere else.
The NoDa Farmers Market is open every Saturday during April through November from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Throughout the winter months, the market is open every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There's nothing better than grabbing a cup of coffee from a local NoDa coffee house and wandering around the market looking for new items.
These amazing nut spreads are a popular item and are a great way to spice up your breakfast or traditional PB&J sandwiches throughout the week!
701 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205
5. Cotswold Farmers Market
Cotswold Farmers Market is a fun little farmers market in the Cotswold neighborhood in between Uptown Charlotte and South Park. Cotswold farmers market is open on Saturdays in May through October from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Cotswold Farmers Market is one of the more social markets in Charlotte, as not only do they have great shopping, but they also showcase local musical talent as well. Any given Saturday you can enjoy a local band playing anything from jazz to bluegrass while you shop.
There's also sometimes cooking competitions or competitive contests going on at the market which make visiting and shopping a lot of fun! Often times, there are monthly activities planned for children, so make sure you keep an eye on the Cotswold Farmers Market Calendar for those Saturdays when you might want to bring the kids.
The produce and food items you'll find at the market are of the highest quality and the freshest in town.
Head out to the Cotswold Farmers Market and do your shopping for the week. We know you'll love it so much, you'll want to come back every Saturday!
309 S Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Do you shop locally? You should! Head out to one of these great markets this week and see what they are all about. Happy shopping!