Fresh is best: Charlotte farmers markets

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June 20, 2023

Find out where to shop for produce, flowers and farm-fresh goods all summer and fall.

Cotswold Farmers Market
Spend your Saturday morning picking fresh produce, flowers, and other handmade goods as you listen to live music. Soaps, breads, meats, coffee, and eggs are all available at the Cotswold Farmers Market. This market, in a new location on Randolph Road, proves to be a fun family outing with plenty of room to park and browse. 4921 Randolph Rd. (parking lot of Providence Baptist Church). Open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October.

Chalkboard sign for fresh produce at Cotswold Farmers Market.
Cotswold Farmers Market, photo by Caitie Jackson
Coop's Blooms at Cotswold Farmers Market.
Coop’s Blooms at Cotswold Farmers Market, photo by Caitie Jackson

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
Known for its farm-fresh meats, goat milk cheeses and beauty products, baked goods, and assorted jams and jellies, this longtime market is a must-see and do. House plants and flowers, along with everything in between can be found at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. 1801 Yorkmont Rd. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kings Drive Farmers Market
Simpson’s Produce featured at the Kings Drive Farmers Market is a fan favorite. This market a one-stop shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure to pick up some peaches during the summer. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 939 S. Kings Dr.

Matthews Community Farmers’ Market
WIth live music and food trucks all season, the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market has become a community tradition. All products and produce (with the exception of fish) are grown with 50 miles of Matthews. Open on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. during the main season (April-Nov.). 188 N. Trade St.

Fresh produce at the Matthews Community Farmers' Market.
Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, photo by Michael Hrizuk

Mecklenburg County Market
Since 1937, vendors have taken pride in supporting a healthier lifestyle journey for their customers. Mecklenburg County Market shoppers can expect organic fruits and vegetables, local preserves (jam and honey), and homemade fare like salsas and granolas, including Beverly’s Gourmet Foods. Open daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. 1515 Harding Pl.

North End Farmers Market
Located in Camp North End, this market is a catchall for local vendors and shoppers. Create a bouquet, select prime cuts of pork and beef, or choose a savory or sweet pie to take home at North End Farmers Market. Open Wednesdays 4-8 p.m., seasonally. 1701 N. Graham St.

Plaza Midwood Farmers Market
In the heart of Plaza Midwood, vendors here keep it interesting with mushroom varieties, baby chicks, and more for sale. You can even sign up for a produce subscription, CSA Veggie Boxes, which help support local farmers. Plaza Midwood Farmers Market is open on Thursdays evenings outside Local Loaf (800 E 35th St.) and on Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. outside Common Market (2007 Commonwealth Ave).

South End Farmers Market
Plan to arrive early and beat the crowd. Handmade pierogies, bamboo teas, fresh milled grits, and other fan favorites add to the local flavor of this market. South End Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Atherton Mill. 2000 South Blvd.

Uptown Farmers Market
This market is home to a wide variety of local goods and produce — the merch is popular, too. The Uptown Farmers Market aims to educate customers on clean eating and food insecurity issues in the community.  Open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Dec. 9. 300 S. Davidson St.

The Village at Robinson Farms Market
Open on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Village at Robinson Farms Market is known for its peaches, tomatoes, melons, squash, plants, herbs, fresh eggs, and cut flowers. Located outside The Butcher’s Market specialty grocer. 8410 Rea Rd. SP

Compiled by Caroline Boulware and Sharon Smith
Featured image of Cox Brothers Acres, a regular vendor at South End Farmers Market and Cotswold Farmers Market

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