A Guide to Charlotte's Best Farmers Markets
Get a taste of fresh produce and meet local artisans at one of these community hubs.
by Schuyler Pringle Apr 26, 2018
One of the best ways to experience a city is through its local food scene, and nowhere is that on display more prevalently than a farmers market. While the Charlotte area has more than 30 farmers markets, these purveyors supply much more than produce. Shoppers find fresh bread, cheese, even succulents cultivated in the Charlotte area for purchase. No matter what day, there’s a market to explore.
This establishment is one of four farmers markets owned by the state of North Carolina and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Encompassing five buildings, you’ll find anything and everything to satisfy not only your tummy but also your retail needs. Enjoy local produce, like fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and eggs, dairy products, savory and sweet baked goods, seafood, handmade crafts and local crafts.
Even as a child, David White knew agriculture and produce were going to be a part of his future. Today, David and his wife, Christine own and operate five Providence Produce Markets. These local farmers markets provide more than just inexpensive fresh and delicious produce; they donate fruits and vegetables to surrounding Charlotte organizations so those in need can enjoy local produce. Make sure to stop by to nibble on a juicy peach or grab an ear of corn for the grill.
Since 1941, the Simpson family has owned and operated Kings Drive Farmers Market, a local farmers market that is able to cater to the needs of its customers. Whether you are looking for juicy, ripe blackberries, fresh-cut local flowers or even exotic produce like mangoes and avocados, the Kings Drive Farmers Market has it all. During the holiday season, be sure to stop by to snag some pumpkins or a Christmas tree.
Mint Hill Farmers Market is unique in that it’s also a historic site. Located in the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village, enjoy locally grown food items as well as handmade home furnishings, delicious baked goods, and native plants to satisfy your hunger cravings as well as your décor needs.
Matthews Community Farmers Market provides the goods of a typical farmers market but within an inclusive, family-friendly environment. Located in downtown Matthews, this is one of the largest, most diverse producers-only farmers market in the greater Charlotte area. Experience local live music while shopping around for delicacies like artisan jams, gourmet coffee and even duck eggs. After shopping, swing by to watch (or participate) in a cooking demonstration by skilled local chefs.
The Davidson Farmers Market is changing the way farmers markets impact the community, one blueberry at a time. Their priority emphasizes economic benefits of shopping local as well as imparting the nutritional advantages of all their products. Check out fan favorites like fresh produce, eggs and honey, and then attend one of their special events while listening to live music.
The NoDa Farmers Market’s mission is to connect the customer directly with the farmer. Through the cultivation of local products like fresh baked bread, cheese and mushrooms, the NoDa Farmers Market is instilling a sense of kinship and neighborliness in the community. Pro tip: Before you shop, check out their recipe listings for delicious and nutritious meal suggestions!
This producers-only farmers market features fresh, local staples like fruits and veggies as well as breads, meats and soaps. The Charlotte Providence Rotary Club sponsors the Cotswold Farmers Market and shares the benefits of healthy eating. Located in the central part of Cotswold, enjoy a welcoming atmosphere of jazzy music and cheery company.