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Old 04-14-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I really like the state farmer's market over off of Yorkmont (near the airport).
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They're open year round, but it's obviously highly seasonal. Spring through fall are booming though. Some of the best vegetables you can get anywhere are found there as well as teh best deals on pumpkins when the time comes.
Quick tip on this one, get there early! When I went there one day a lot of the vendors had already left. I forget what time it was but they were still open for a few hours after I got there.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Quick tip on this one, get there early! When I went there one day a lot of the vendors had already left. I forget what time it was but they were still open for a few hours after I got there.
Yes...good advice. The first time we ever went was around 11am..."early" to most people. Apparently, that is way too late for the farmers!

A safe time to get there is between 9 and 10am. Some folks don't like "early," especially on a weekend, but it adds to the expereince to be out when it's still cool in the day and the sun has that morning gold color to it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Mint Hill, NC
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The Yorkmont one was open this past weekend...not a lot in the first, smaller barn. But the middle one was pretty full, about half local farmers. Greenery shed was packed with plants, herbs and stuff...

It's one of our favorite Saturday morning activities...can't wait until there's more local stuff for sale, as it's still somewhat limited now.
Oh, glad to hear they've got the plants! I need some for my backyard, but haven't been up there for a few weeks and they didn't have any then.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Mint Hill, NC
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Quick tip on this one, get there early! When I went there one day a lot of the vendors had already left. I forget what time it was but they were still open for a few hours after I got there.
Yeah, even though they say they are open until 5:00, the most/best you can only count on until about noon.

They are open Sunday afternoon and during the week in the summer, but I haven't wanted to take the drive up there (17 miles each way) and find out that I can't get what I need!
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Matthews is very nice & has great community feel, but it's basically over by 9am -- one by the airport goes a little later.

Only downside to the one by the airport is that half of it isn't what I would consider a farmer's market. I can buy produce from a box from across the country in Teeter, selling it outdoors doesn't make it a Farmer's Market. (King's Road, I'm looking at you here, too...)
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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But to be able to legally sell in the State Farmer's Market (the one near the airport), they have to be verified as farmers...not big boxes. I'm not sure of all the details, but I know Harris Teeter couldn't open a booth and sell their mass produced produce at the market.

The produce, fruit, plants, and flowers I've seen at the NC farmer's market has always been FAR better looking (and tasting) than any store bought stuff. there is a difference.
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:03 AM
 
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But to be able to legally sell in the State Farmer's Market (the one near the airport), they have to be verified as farmers...not big boxes. I'm not sure of all the details, but I know Harris Teeter couldn't open a booth and sell their mass produced produce at the market.

The produce, fruit, plants, and flowers I've seen at the NC farmer's market has always been FAR better looking (and tasting) than any store bought stuff. there is a difference.
Okay, I was being a bit sarcastic, but I know that we aren't growing pineapples somewhere outside Mooresville. A lot of the local farmers do have signs saying they are local. From the front, most of the right hand bard is more local, and the front of the middle barn also usually has local vendors. Really just talking about the back of the middle barn, where they sell things that clearly aren't in season here.

I love the local produce, being able to get peaches that taste like peaches or 10 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes is great.
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Ballantyne, South Charlotte
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Like the previous posters, I love the NC Farmer's Market near the airport and you do have to be there really early to catch all the vendors. I love the Middle-Eastern products that are sold there too. I have also bought hand made soaps and things around the holidays. The produce is really fresh and lasts much longer than what you buy at the supermarket.
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