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By Daniel Fisher | Broker in Charlotte, NC
  • Farmers Markets: Mt Holly & Lincolnton - Fresh Finds

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Lincolnton, Shopping & Local Amenities in Lincolnton, In My Neighborhood in Lincolnton  |  September 28, 2011 9:07 AM  |  2,478 views  |  No comments

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.


    Today we go to west of Charlotte to Gaston and Lincoln County Farmers Markets, where we find that the Apple season has just started. 
    This week we found at the market:  tomatoes, eggs, pasture raised meats, apples, squash of many varieties, green beans, crowder peas, potatoes, cucumbers, baked goods, homeade jelly/jams, peppers and more! 

    Do fresh roasted vegetables sound wonderful?!  New fall food items are ripening and arriving at the markets each week. Make sure you don't miss it.

    Lincoln County Farmer’s Market
    225 West Water Street, Lincolnton

    You'll find apples, apple cider, jams and jelly, muscadines, cut flowers, honey, and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7am- until sold out

    Lincoln County Farmers Market at Denver Rock Springs School 3633 Hwy 16 North, Denver Saturday mornings, 8am to 12pm

    Mount Holly Farmers Market
    130 South Main Street, Mt. Holly, NC 28120
    Saturday mornings, 8am to 12pm

    If you love the Mount Holly market, great food and bluegrass, save the date for Redlair Farm and Forest festival on October 2.

  • Farmers Markets: Rock Hill, SC. Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Rock Hill, Shopping & Local Amenities in Rock Hill, In My Neighborhood in Rock Hill  |  September 28, 2011 9:04 AM  |  2,284 views  |  No comments

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.

    Old Town Market
    118 Caldwell Street (corner of E. Main Behind Gettys Art Center) Downtown Rock Hill, SC
    Old Town Market is Rock Hill's Destination for Local Produce and Handmade, Homegrown, Crafts.

    September 29th 2011 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm is Old Town Market's Grand Season Finale Event!
    Come last event of the Market Season to find the best of fall raised by local growers, farmers, artisans, and crafters, then stay for Main Street Live! just around the corner from the market. 

    Main Street Live will officially kick off the Arts Council of York County's 7th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival featuring performance by Queens Collective; a kids area with inflatable bounce areas, Clowns; and a variety of food vendors. 

    AND -- the first 100 people to fill out a short survey at the information tent will receive $5 in Old Town Market Money to spend at the finale market!

    Features:
    -- Fresh, locally grown fall produce and beautiful plants
    -- Watson Farms grass-fed beef
    -- Mama Beehive local honey and beeswax products
    -- PuckerButt Pepper Company hot sauces and salsas

    Plus, handmade works by local artisans/crafters, including:
    -- Jewelry: Gemstone, silverware, and beaded
    -- Fall-scented candles
    -- Wooden children's toys and puzzles
    -- Knitted and crocheted scarves
    -- Rugs and dishcloths
    -- Pottery
    -- Children's hairbows
    -- Woodturned jewelry, pens, mortars/pestles, bowls, bracelet helpers
    -- Wishpots

    Special Finale Market Events:
    -- Live music by The Perfect Melancholies 
    -- Woodturning demonstrations by Pops Woodturning
    -- Kids plant a pansy to bring home (free)
    -- Cornhole and hula hoops on the lawn
    -- Decorate the market with sidewalk chalk

    May 5th - Sep. 29th,

    Wednesdays: 8-11am
    Thursdays: 5-8pm
    Saturdays: 8am-Noon

    Old Town Association

    Then, through October 1st, several Old Town venues will feature live performances by blues and jazz musicians. 

    blues festival guide logo


  • Farmers Markets: Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Matthews, Shopping & Local Amenities in Matthews, In My Neighborhood in Matthews  |  September 28, 2011 8:52 AM  |  2,165 views  |  No comments

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.


    Matthews Farmers Market

    7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227 (Beside Scottish Bank)
    2011 is the 20th anniversary season of the Matthews Community Farmers' Market. a "grower-only" market where all crops are grown within 50 miles of Matthews.  

    Matthews Farmers Market

    Locally grown produce ensures customers are getting the freshest, best looking, best tasting, wholesome and nutritious produce directly from the farmer who grew it and who harvested it just a few hours before purchase.  None of the farmers us mechanized harvesting equipment. Food is sold at its freshest and at the peak of ripeness, when flavor and nutrition are highest… and the flavor of food grown by hand speaks for itself, whether it’s the produce, free-range chicken eggs, or pasture-raised meats.  The market is self promoted as the largest Farmers Market in the Region,hosts about 50 vendors during it’s regular season market which runs through November and at least 25 vendors at its Winter Market. customers  buy food directly from local farmers - that's as fresh, tasty and nutritious as it gets. 

    More Varieties Of Produce Grown For Their Taste - Not How Well They Ship -Many of the produce varieties sold at the Market are selected for flavor, not ease of growing or yield.  Which is why marketgoers find dozens of kinds of lettuce, myriad types of applies, multiple varieties of heirloom vegetables, to name a few – all picked for their taste. There will be favorites in every season and perhaps some foods previously unfamiliar to you.  The market is busiest between 8 and 10 am. Come early for best quality and selection. Growers often bring just a few pounds of this or that and the most in-demand produce goes first.
    Saturday 7:15 – 1 pm (8am-12 pm Winter) outdoors, rain or shine,

    Mint Hill Farmers Market
    7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, 
    NC 28227 (Beside Scottish Bank)
    The Mint Hill Farmers Market is not your ordinary Farmers Market. Located in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village the community shopping and gathering area is also a friendly and warm place to visit. Museums are open and a casual stroll though the village takes visitors to another place in time.
     Mint Hill Farmers Market

    The Mint Hill Farmers Market offers a selection of fresh home grown vegetables and fruits, fresh baked goods(breads, muffins, pies, cakes, apple dumplings, fried pies), jams and jellies, fresh cut flowers, local green house(herbs, bedding flats, baskets, annuals and perennials, vegetables plants), heirloom tomatoes and pepper seedlings by Tomato Joe's, homemade poured candles and many handcrafted items, locally produced honey and molasses, Grammies Salsa, goats milk soap and lotions, oils and vinegars, corn free powered sugar and BBQ by Bob Bryant. The Market features weekly demonstrations by craftsmen: Pottery 1st weekend, Wood Carvers 2nd weekend, Local Artist 3rd weekend, and 4th weekend Story tellers Quilters, Blacksmiths, Bee Keepers, Cloggers, Musician/Singers etc.
    Saturdays, 9am to 1pm through September (closed for the 2011 season).


    Pineville Farmers Market
    300 Main Street Pineville, NC 28134 7601 (Pineville Police parking lot)
    2011 was the first season for the Downtown Pineville Farmers Market, with opportunities to enjoy some of the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced crafts from North and South Carolina vendors and artisans.
    Tuesday & Thursday 3pm-7pm 
    Saturday 8am-1pm
    (closed for the 2011 season)

  • Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Harrisburg, Shopping & Local Amenities in Harrisburg, In My Neighborhood in Harrisburg  |  September 28, 2011 8:49 AM  |  2,504 views  |  No comments

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.


    Piedmont Farmers Markets

    Harrisburg location – 

    6960 Robinson Church Rd. behind restored Post Office next to train tracks 

    http://piedmont-farmersmarket.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/PFM_093.29110523_std.jpg


    Come see what's fresh in locally grown produce, eggs, pastured pork, grass fed beef and a variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods! Buying locally grown food gives you fresh flavor and health benefits .... it also boosts the local economy.  Chat with the people that grow your food.  Find that plump juicy tomato like Grandma used to love.  Enjoy melons, peaches, corn and squash fresh

     

     

    Mondays, 4pm to 7pm (or until no buyers)

    Piedmont Farmers Market 

    The Winecoff Market

    518 Winecoff School Road, Concord, NC
    Cabarrus County's oldest farmers market, offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, cheese, baked goods, and handcrafted items. 
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 6pm (seasonally) & Saturdays, 8pm to 12pm

    NCRC Market
    120 West Ave. Kannapolis N.C.
    The area's first and best indoor farmers market. They have some of the area's best local produce, pastured pork, grass fed beef, free range eggs, baked goods and even locally made cheese. Visit with our food crafters and local artisans

    Thursdays, 3pm to 6pm (2011)
    Harvest Gala! and  Grand Opening!   Thursday October 20, 2011
    NC State Department of Agricultural Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Availability Chart [download file] 

    Piedmont Farmers Market

    The Downtown Market
    24 Market Street, Concord, NC 28027 The Concord Market is closed for the 2011 season.

  • Farmers Markets: Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Davidson, Shopping & Local Amenities in Davidson, In My Neighborhood in Davidson  |  September 28, 2011 8:47 AM  |  2,146 views  |  No comments

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.


    Davidson Farmer’s Market

    Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets, Davidson, NC 28036

    The Davidson Market is a producer-only, year-round market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius. Saturday mornings the Main Street gathering place comes alive with friendly meetings, healthy food and conversations and learning about food, agriculture and nutrition. There are often Chef Demonstrations and activities for the kids.

    April – October: Saturdays 8am to 12pm, weekly
    November – March, Saturday, 9am to 12pm, bi-weekly

    Wallace Community Tailgate Market
    11202 Harris (Eastfield) Road, Charlotte/Huntersville, NC 28078
    (in field next to NOMAD Fitness)
    Thursdays, 9am to 12pm

    If you are wondering what is in season, the Eastern Carolina Organics Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Availability Chart is a great resource [download file]

    The Davidson Market also maintains a Product Availability Chart (Click Chart to enlarge)







     

  • Farmers Market Charlotte, NC Fall Bounty

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Quality of Life in Charlotte, Shopping & Local Amenities in Charlotte  |  September 22, 2011 1:16 PM  |  2,073 views  |  No comments
     End of Summer goodbyes are often bittersweet.  School busses are running again, the poolside chats are over and outdoor barbeque corn on the cob and melons have given way to leaf raking, fall sports, tailgating and indoor gatherings.

    But fall is also the time we catch the short Grapes harvest and welcome delicious apples, figs and other fruits and vegetables at our Charlotte area farmers markets. Familiar and unusual offers will likely include: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli, Rabe, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Chicories, Escarole, Fennel, Green Onions, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pumpkins, Radicchio, Radishes, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash.

    But as with baseball and spring home shows, the Chiles, Green Beans and Zucchini are going, going, gone. 

    Charlotte Regional Farmers Market – open year round
    1801 Yorkmont Road
    Tuesday through Saturday – 8am to 5pm (October through February)
    Tuesday through Saturday – 8am to 6pm (March through September) 
    Sundays – 12:30pm to 6pm (May through August)  
    CRAFT BARN: Saturdays Only 8am to 2pm – (March through December) 

    Shamrock Farmers Market
    1501 Eastway Drive (market parking across from Lang Van on Shamrock)
    Saturdays 9am to 1pm
    Local produce and grass-fed beef

    Atlantic Farmers Market 
    3122 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC

    Newell Farmers Market
    University Area at 1704 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC
    Tuesdays, 2pm to 6pm
    Saturdays, 8am to 2pm

    Center City Green Market
    May 6 – September 3, 2011
    The Square – Intersection of Trade and Tryon, Uptown Charlotte
    Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 – 2:00
    Saturdays, 9am to 1pm

    Atherton Market at Atherton Mill 
    2104 South Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203
    features a mix of retailers, restaurants, and a locally sourced farmer’s market.
    Tuesday- 3pm – 7pm
    Wednesday- 9am – 1pm
    Saturday – 9am – 2pm

    Meeting Street Market
    11038 Cedar Walk Lane, Charlotte, NC
    May 3rd, 2011 through November 2nd, 2011
    Tuesdays, 4pm to 8pm

    Kings Drive Farmers Market
    938 South Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC
    Tuesday, 6am to 6pm
    Friday, 6am to 8pm
    Saturday, 7am to 3pm

    Historic West End Market
    Wesley Heights Way and West Trade Street
    Saturday, 9am to 1pm

    Village at Robinson Farm
    8410 Rea Road
    Wednesday, 12pm to 6pm

    Last week, we featured Mecklenburg County Farmers Market Fall Bounty in Charlotte, NC , from there we went to Huntersville Davidson, NC - Eating in Season as well as Cabarrus County Farmers Markets: Concord & Harrisburg, NC - Harvest Gala east of Charlotte. West of town, we got some fresh finds at the Mt Holly & Lincolnton Markets - and then travelled to the markets south of Charlotte Matthews, Pineville and Mint Hill - Flavor & Quality This weekend, our focus on Farmers Markets takes us across state lines into Rock Hill's Old Town Market in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s Old Town Market in SC. where we'll find the Market Grand Finale, Main Street Live + York County 7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festivale in Full Swing.
  • What to do in NoDa tonight? Gallery Crawl!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Charlotte, Shopping & Local Amenities in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  August 19, 2011 7:35 AM  |  1,678 views  |  No comments

    Charlotte NC NoDa’s 3rd Friday Gallery Crawl is tonight, August 19th starting about 6pm. Freshen up after work and head to free parking at Ultimate Gym (401 E. 35th St.).

    Notable tonight are the OrangeOlive HairGallery, at 2824 N. Davidson Street, which is hosting Michael Bragg's abstractartistic art exhibit opening from 7pm to 9pm. Enjoy Amelie’s French Bakery treats, live music, and goody bag giveaways.

    Starting at 8pm, there’s also The Monterreys and JT & The Dragpipes live show no-cover at The Chop Shop (399 East 35th St.)  Or, if you've got that funky groove, there will be an informal drum circle outside Smelly Cat Coffee House about that same time. 

    Gallery Crawl Night in NoDa, is popular and there will be a lot going on in the neighborhood.  Chill way to start off the weekend.

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