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Because Charlotte is surrounded by rural counties, the city’s markets offer the chance to not only enjoy fresh veggies and produce, but also an opportunity to meet many of the growers and breeders behind your dinner. While Saturday mornings in the summer, you’ll find markets scattered around the city, these are the top three to hit for the freshest fare.
King’s Drive Farmer’s Market
This family owned market isn’t the largest in town, but its central location and variety of offerings makes it one of the most popular. Here you’ll find seasonal favorites like peaches and strawberries in the warmer months, as well as fresh cut flowers, locally-raised meats and eggs, and an entire nursery full of plants and herbs. In the fall and winter, the market turns into a top spot for picking out pumpkins and Christmas trees alongside seasonal produce.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
This is the city’s largest farmers market—it’s set on 22 acres. Here you’ll find both local produce as well as more exotic offerings from vendors, such as Asian fruits. There are also sellers offering crafts, handmade goods, and baked items, perfect for packing up to take home.
Atherton Mill Market
Quite possibly the city’s most charming market, this South End spot is housed in a former warehouse and feels like a stroll through a European market. You’ll find local cheeses and breads, as well as more specialty style items such as nuts, honey, pickles, and jams. Plus, plan on picking up delicacies like ostrich or tilapia as well.