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There's nothing like enjoying locally-grown and raised produce, products and proteins. Charlotte-area farmers and local farmers markets help make farm-to-table eating easy.

One of the best ways to experience a city is through its local food scene, and nowhere is that on display more prevalently than at a farmers market. While the Charlotte area has more than 30 farmers markets, these purveyors supply much more than produce. Shoppers can find fresh bread, cheese and even succulents cultivated in the Charlotte area for purchase. No matter what day or time of year, there’s a market to explore.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Airport
Market Season: Year-round

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, eggs, dairy products, savory and sweet baked goods, seafood, handmade crafts and local crafts.

Union Market

Area: Waxhaw, NC
Market Season: March-October

Even as a child, David White knew agriculture and produce were going to be a part of his future. Since 2002, White has worked in the fresh market industry running farmers markets and produce stands in the region. Today, he is focused on featuring the freshest seasonal produce as well as meats, milk, cheese, bread, prepared foods, plants and more at Union Market in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Stop by to peruse the colorful, fresh display of produce and products from local purveyors, farmers and artisans.

Kings Drive Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Midtown
Market Season: April-December

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

Area: Mint Hill, NC
Market Season: May-October

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

Area: Matthews, NC
Market Season: Year-round

Since 1991, Matthews Community Farmers’ Market has provided 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 markets 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.

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Davidson Farmers Market

Area: Davidson, NC
Market Season: Year-round

The Davidson Farmers Market is changing the way farmers markets impact the community, one blueberry at a time. Their priority emphasizes the economic benefits of shopping locally 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.

Cotswold Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Cotswold
Market Season: May-October

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 live music and cheery company.

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South End Market

Neighborhood: South End
Market Season: Year-round

Located at Atherton Mill just off the Rail Trail (just two blocks from the East/West LYNX light rail station), South End Market has been serving the community since 2010 with a focus on local, sustainable, responsibly-raised products that spotlight local farmers, ranchers, artisans and makers.

Waxhaw Farmers Market

Area: Waxhaw, NC
Market Season: Year-round

Since 2001, Waxhaw has created a space for local producers and crafters to sell directly to consumers while also serving as a beloved community gathering space. As a producers-only market, Waxhaw Farmers Market is committed to educating the local community on the benefits of quality, fresh locally-grown food and healthy eating.

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Old Town Farmers Market

Area: Rock Hill, SC
Market Season: May-December

This farmers market pop-up at Legal Remedy Brewing Co. celebrates local farmers and artisans by featuring fresh produce, meats, crafts and more. Swing by on Saturday and then enjoy a pint at Legal Remedy (who also features local products on their menu).

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Uptown Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Uptown
Market Season: April-December

With the tagline “Our Community Table,” the nonprofit Uptown Farmers Market’s mission is to provide neighbors with locally-grown, fresh food and educate them on healthy eating; support local farmers and makers; and address food insecurity in the community. And it does just that with dozens of local vendors set up each week in the 4.5-acre front parking lot of First Baptist Church in Uptown.

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North End Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Camp North End
Market Season: April-October

Unlike most traditional farmers markets with Saturday hours, North End Farmers Market at Camp North End is a mid-week market on Wednesday evenings from 4-8 p.m. Even though it’s one of the newest farmers markets to the scene, it’s gained a loyal following of customers that stop by to discover local farmers, ranchers, food artisans, crafters and more each week. Make a stop at the North End Farmers Market part of your weekly food shopping routine and make plans to explore the 76-acre campus before or after, too.

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University City Farmers Market

Neighborhood: Camp North End
Market Season: April-October

Located along the lake at The Shoppes at University Place and easily accessible from the JW Clay/UNCC LYNX light rail station, the University City Farmers Market serves up produce, eggs, meats, artisanal food, health and wellness products, and other curated local goods. Stop by with your family to shop, enjoy live music and then rent a paddleboat from Dave's Paddle Boats to round out your Saturday morning adventure.

This article was originally written by Schulyer Pringle. Updates and additions by Kristen Moore.