Visit Charlotte Area Farmers' Markets & Shop Local
There's nothing like enjoying locally grown and raised produce, product and proteins. Charlotte area farmers and local farmers’ markets help make farm-to-table eating easy.
by Heidi Billotto Mar 26, 2021
The benefits of weekly shopping from Charlotte area farm stores and farmers’ markets are many. From the nutritional value of the food to your produce purchase helping strengthen the community, it's a win-win on a number of levels. As the season begins, there are still safety precautions in place to keep your local shopping adventures easy and fun.
Pro tip: Subscribe to a farmers' market mailing list, so you can stay up to date on the latest news and online shopping opportunities. Order, pay and then simply pick up your purchase on Saturday mornings.
Do Your Part
- Be sure to bring and wear your face mask, even if you have already been vaccinated.
- Make shopping easier and faster with advance online orders.
- Check market times. If you order ahead, plan to arrive later in the morning for pickup. This will help lighten the load of early morning crowds.
- Most markets will continue to offer hand washing stations, and ask that shoppers be aware of keeping socially distanced from other shoppers.
- Most markets do not allow animals. Plan to leave your furry friends at home.
Look, Don’t Touch
In most cases farmers are dividing up into teams with one person helping bag the produce and the other collecting money. Your job is to look, and point to what you’d like to purchase.
What to Expect
As you create your shopping list for local buys, keep in mind all that local markets offer — it’s not only produce. A variety of markets also offer a selection of locally raised meats, North and South Carolina seafood, honey and jams along with fresh baked bread. If you’re looking to spruce up your home, make sure to get a bouquet of fresh flowers. For your yard or kitchen garden, invest in ready-to-plant growing vegetable plants or herbs.
Consider a CSA
Support local farmers and ranchers all year long by considering a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) plan. Once you’ve chosen a plan in advance, you’ll pick up a selection of that week’s local harvest at select locations in Charlotte.
Several area farmers have added a creative spin to the CSA model by offering a gift card purchase that you can use when and as you like. Check with individual farmers for all of the specifics.
Charlotte Area Farmers' Markets
Catawba Fresh Market
Online Ordering Only
The Catawba Fresh Market, a program of the Catawba Farm and Food Coalition, offers a 24/7 link to local, fresh South Carolina products, produce, proteins and baked goods. Join for free to access the site. Then, order online for local area pickup.
Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for vendors in Building B; Saturdays, local farmers in Buildings A, C and E until 1 p.m.
This is Charlotte’s only state-run farmers’ market, one of four state markets in North Carolina. Four large covered buildings are home to a mix of local vendors offering everything from plants and flowers in the greenery shed, to produce, products and proteins, as well as a selection of North Carolina seafood, wines, coffee and cheese.
To make every farmer or vendor easier to find, the farmers’ market released this interactive map. Select the market date to see who will be selling on any given day.
Davidson Farmers Market
120 S. Main St., Davidson, NC
Spring season begins April 3. Saturday hours: 9 a.m.-noon
The Davidson Farmer’s Market is a producer-only, year-round market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100-mile radius. Located in the heart of downtown Davidson, look for locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses produced by sustainable or organic methods when possible. Other agriculturally based products such as breads, eggs, honey, flowers and soaps are also offered. The market will match EBT card purchases up to $20 per market day. Weekly updates and vendor lists are available via the markets' email newsletter and website. Subscribe and learn more here.
Matthews Community Farmers’ Market
188 N. Trade St., Matthews, NC
Reopening April 10. Spring hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
As the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the Charlotte area, all products, except fish, are grown, raised or produced within 50 miles of Matthews. You can order from many vendors online, all listed in the markets weekly email newsletter and on their website. Subscribe to the market newsletter here.
Mecklenburg County Market
1515 Harding Place
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Farmer Dale McLaughlin and his family have been selling at the historic Mecklenburg County Market since its inception in 1937 – making it the oldest farmers’ market in North Carolina. In season, most of the produce comes from Dale’s farm. The market is also home base for Dale’s daughter, Beverly McLaughlin, and her fresh frozen vegan and vegetarian line of products: Beverly’s Gourmet Foods.
The market continues to offer curbside pickup. Call 704.606.1045 to get your order in.
Old Town Farmers’ Market
129 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC
Opening day, April 3
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Nearly a dozen different South Carolina farmers and producers make up this small but mighty farmers-only market set up under pop-up tents in the parking lot of Legal Remedy Brewing. Look for locally grown produce, meat, dairy items, soap and hot sauces.
938 S. Kings Dr.
Reopening April 16
Hours: Tuesday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Owned and operated by the Simpson family, this market is home to a wide range of fruits and vegetables for your table, and flowers and plants for your garden. Look for local produce from the Simpson’s farm throughout the summer season.
South End Market at Atherton
235 W. Tremont Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
This outdoor market in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood (formally Atherton Market), now running along the CATS light rail behind Atherton Mill, continues to support farmers and producers offering local, sustainable and responsibly raised produce and proteins, as well as locally sourced artisanal food products and crafts.
SNAP payments are accepted with double bucks. Many vendors at this producer-only market are accepting advance orders online. Contact each farmer or vendor for details. Get the latest market info by subscribing to the South End Market email newsletter here.
Uptown Farmers Market
300 S. Davidson St.
April 17 - December 11
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This producer-only farmers' market is located in the heart of center city Charlotte. With the beauty of space, the market’s socially-distanced footprint offers more than 30 local vendors. From meat to fish to artisan food, this market has an array of healthy, local food options. Expect weekly live music provided by local artists through a partnership with Communities in Concert. The nonprofit market raises funds for food insecurity through its Community Table Fund. It also partners weekly with Roof Above for produce donations.
The Uptown market accepts SNAP payments with double bucks. Subscribe to the market's weekly newsletter for the most up-to-date information and vendor listing, here.
Waxhaw Farmers’ Market
27290 Waxhaw Pkwy., Waxhaw, NC
Spring opening: April 10, 9 a.m.-noon
Waxhaw’s non-profit grower/producer-only market, features 25+ farmers, growers, bakers, baristas, artisans and crafters, in a new beautiful space with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Follow the market on Facebook and on Instagram for weekly events and updates. Subscribe to the markets' weekly email newsletter here.
Winecoff Farmers’ Market
518 Winecoff School Road, Concord, NC
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon; after April 25, 8 a.m.-noon
The Piedmont Farmers’ Market consists of a trio of locations in Cabarrus County, all nestled in between Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg. The Winecoff Farmers’ Market is open year-round, while the Harrisburg and Rotary Square Markets are open May to September. For more information, follow the market’s Facebook page or sign up for their newsletter.