For me, there is no better way to start a Saturday than at my local farmers market. When I was living in London, I was lucky enough to live near the Borough Market, which is an amazing market full of traditional fare, hot food, juices, adult beverages, chocolate and more.
Though my regular market does not do hot food, unless the food truck is there, it’s still a step-up from most markets.
I attend the Charlotte Regional Framers Market (near Tryon @ Yorkmont) operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. It is my favorite one in the city, and close to my house. The Farmers Market is also open a few days a week part of the year, but also on Saturdays most of the year.
The farmers market is a mix of regular produce – local farms as well as some imports. They sell less expensive non-organics, organics and pesticide-free products. There are stands with pies and other sweets, Nova bakery, salsa and other fresh spreads, wine, and cut flowers. For non-vegetarians there are also cheese, meat, and egg options.
I have a few favorites that I typically buy from – and then whatever else catches my fancy.
There is one barn for produce that is always open and another open-air area with a roof that is open depending on the weather.
Finally, the greenery-shed, which is the other open-air area. This section opens in the spring and is full of plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs. Practically everything you would find in a garden section of your local hardware store is available for great prices at the farmers market.