Bringing You Local Since 1979

September 13, 2012 1:54 pm

South End offers two great places for buying local food on a weekly basis: Atherton Market and Healthy Home Market. Atherton Market is Charlotte’s first year round, indoor farmer’s market that has been open for a couple years and now operating 5 days a week. Scroll down to see this week’s Market Newsletter. Healthy Home Market has been a part of the Charlotte community since 1979 and it’s great to have a location in South End. If you aren’t familiar with Healthy Home Market, see the details below and stop in the store. It’s a great place for grocery shopping or just grabbing a quick bite to eat.

What’s Happening at the Market?

This weekend is the fall Know Your Farms Tour!  Some of our farms are on the tour, and we have tickets available for purchase at the market.  If you buy your ticket from us in person, you also get a very nice brochure with information about the farms, the tour, and how best to participate.  Get them while they last!  Twenty-five dollars buys access to the tour for a whole carload (or busload… or vanload) of folks.

Edible Charlotte is running a contest to give away 5 tickets to the tour.  Just share your favorite piece from the fall issue of the magazine on their Facebook page, and you are automatically entered to win.  You can pick up copies of the new issue at the Atherton Market.  It is a beautiful, high-quality publication, and it is free to you!

This week we highlight vendor Put a Fork In It, because they have big news:  “We are getting our low tunnel winter hoop houses put up as well as working together with some of our favorite growing partners to be able to offer a great range of crops all winter!  Bell’s Best Berries is the ‘home farm,’ and plans on growing lettuce, kale, brussel sprouts, chard, radishes, turnips, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, herbs, pac choy, green cabbage, red cabbage, fennel, arugula, escarole, rabe, dill, cilantro and parsley.

Gary Stegall (Unionville, NC) who grew our pesticide free, GMO free, sweet corn this year will be growing beautiful Lacinado kale, red and gold beets, and Swiss chard.  Ryan Nicholson (Pageland, SC) has a greenhouse(!!) and is planning on growing winter squash, cucumbers, cauliflower in several colors, broccoli, broccollini, Swiss chard, sweet turnips, lettuce, and radishes.  With the new hoop houses as well as Gary and Ryan’s commitment to cold season growing we should have beautiful produce all winter, when it is often challenging to come up with new and diverse offerings.  We know you get tired of collard greens, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.  Our goal this winter is to shake up the season!  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Join us every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning at Atherton Market. “

This Saturday we debut “Ask the Chef.”  Max Parker is a JWU graduate and all-around talented and friendly guy who is between projects and has offered to help move several efforts forward at the Atherton Market.  You’ll be seeing his face around, working in several capacities as both intern and expert.  Pay him a visit and try to stump him with your culinary questions.  Not sure what to do with the abundant okra this season?  Ask him for ideas.  Wary of winter squash?  He’s not.  Bring it on.

The great reviews of Monk’s Groovy Beans’ new espresso offerings are building momentum!   The market was all abuzz on Friday morning as we hosted a playgroup and watch happy mommies drink lattes while their kids did a craft project, listened to a story on the Trolley, and used their imaginations to build with Legos.  Watch for a write up about it from mommy and local blogger JC Konecny.  Then contact us about hosting your group on a weekday morning.

Not only did we finish 2nd in North Carolina in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, we also finished 12th in the nation for markets of our size.  That was heartening news last week as our traffic suffered a bit from the DNC activities uptown.  We look forward to seeing more customer faces this week as things return to normal in Charlotte.  We missed you.

Keeping things fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager

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