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Saturday at the Atherton Market

Saturday is the big day at Atherton Market and wanted to shared what you can find this Saturday at the market as well as share some of the vendors you can expect to find. They are open Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. I’ll be there later getting some grass fed beef and free range chicken and eggs!

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

There’s no avoiding it – spring is definitely here!  In fact, the market is looking a little bit like May in March.  Expect to see things like asparagus, some early strawberries, and lots and lots of salad greens and spinach, which are all loving this warm and periodically damp weather.   Windy Hill also promises to have lamb back in time for Easter, so stay tuned to Facebook for updates.

With the onset of spring we’re pretty sure you’re thinking about your health and getting in shape.  To help you along, we’re partnering with Evolution and TNT to offer Saturday consultations on nutrition and fitness related topics, as well as tips on what to buy from our vendors.  Find Darnell Jones near the front door, and don’t be shy about asking questions or requesting a quick blood pressure check.

No matter what kind of diet you follow, we can work with you.  Paleo?  Check.  Gluten-free?  Absolutely.  Vegan or vegetarian?  We’ve got you covered.  Omnivore?  Well, that’s a no brainer.  Wanting more fermented foods?  Take a trip to Pickleville.  Did you know Bill’s pickles aren’t acidified with vinegar?  They contain probiotics, which are very good for you.  And today he reintroduces pickled okra, a southern favorite.

If you have seasonal pollen allergies, the best thing you can do is ingest more local honey!  Our own Cloister Honey makes it easy to do with lots of flavors and infusions that you can use in a variety of ways.  Stop by and sample your way across the table to decide what suits you best.

In celebration of the return of warm weather, Monk’s is bringing back the iced coffee and tea beverages!  Did you know they do pour-over in addition to standard drip coffee by the cup?  And if you missed it last Saturday, we now have a vendor offering fresh squeezed lemonade.   Check with Mark’s Fresh Lemonade for a refreshing treat.

Homer Simpson’s Skittlebrau’s got nothing on the new creation from Cardais Gourmet, the Brewmallow, a handmade, beer-based marshmallow dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with salted pretzels. And to support our local breweries, she uses customer-favorite “Coco Loco” from the Noda Brewing Company.

Whispering Willow is introducing a new Grapefruit Soap this week.  In addition to the fresh uplifting sent of grapefruit, this soap is enriched with organic shea butter.  Shea Butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and F, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. They’ve also added some pink kaolin clay which will gently draw impurities from the skin without removing natural oils while simultaneously exfoliating, cleansing and stimulating circulation.  Sounds like a winner!

We’re going to be starting some construction soon, so stay tuned for information about brief periods of closing.  We’re trying to keep the impact minimal on your shopping needs, though we have some exciting things coming up.

Keeping it fresh and local, Lynn S. Caldwell Atherton Market Manager http://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?It’s that time again – now that we are into the New Year, I’m offering up a list of vendors by day at the Atherton Market.  Bear in mind that the rundown for any particular date is subject to change.  Also – there may not seem to be many vendors in attendance on Wednesdays, but many of their products are available through Simply Local.  We’re attempting to address your need for more hours through encouraging our vendors to operate cooperatively.

Enjoy this list, share it with others, use is as a guide but not the gospel, and embrace changes when they happen as an opportunity to experience something new!  In alphabetical order, with descriptions, days and links as available (T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, S=Saturday):

Belle Terre – A purveyor of all natural, handcrafted soaps, lip balms and related products. They use only organic oils in their soap, lotion, and lip balm; use minimal and recycled packaging; and commit 5% of sales to a local charity while working to be carbon neutral.  Their new display is the “picture of the week.”   http://belleterrenc.com  T,W, S

Beverly’s Gourmet Foods – Beverly’s products are vegetarian and vegan.  She cooks only with olive oil and vegetable oil.  She doesn’t use processed foods, artificial coloring, artificial flavorings, or preservatives  –  only whole foods. http://beverlysgourmetfoods.com   T,W,S

Brewington’s Farm – A variety of NC grown produce using considerate conventional inputs. S

Cardais Gourmet – Cardais Gourmet offers a variety of baked goods, along with specialty granolas, chutneys, and gift bags and boxes. Stop by her booth to check out her photo album of desserts for specials orders — or visit her online at www.cardaisgourmet.com. T,W,S

Cheval Farmstead Dairy – High quality handmade and French style goat cheeses made the old fashioned way.  http://www.facebook.com/chevalfarmsteaddairy  S

Chosen Roaster – Freshly roasted nuts, including pecans, peanuts, almonds, and cashews.  Also preparing to introduce “mix your own” trail mixes!  T,W,S

Cloisters Honey – Cloister Honey offers natural honey as well as a variety of other wonderful honey-based products.  Generous samples – come experience the sweet life!  http://cloisterhoney.myshopify.com/ T,W,S

Clothesline Candy – Aprons and cloth creations handmade in Charlotte.  Sweet, green and clean.  clotheslinecandy.textiles@facebook.com   S

Coldwater Creek Farm – A local grower of certified organic produce.  Also carries dairy products for Cackleberry Farm.   http://coldwatercreekfarms.blogspot.com/ T,S

Dukes Bread – A small commercial bakery with fantastic breads and tasty accompaniments.  Also pizza dough!  http://www.dukesbread.com/    T,S

Harmony Gardens – Urban homestead garden producing unique varieties of produce and lots of eggs, just a few short miles from the market!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-Gardens/134443333235880?sk=wall S

Houston Farm – Located in Huntersville, Houston Farm produces a great variety and quantity of seasonal produce using considerate conventional means.  http://www.houstonfarm.com/   T,W,S

JW’s Farm – JW’s Farm is committed to bringing fresh, healthy, delicious, local produce and transplants to the Charlotte-Metro area, by using environmentally responsible and sustainable farming methods.   http://www.localharvest.org/jws-farm-M40172  S

Kobe’s Kreations – Restaurant quality prepared foods including entrée’s, sides, accompaniments and soups that you can take home and enjoy in minutes with minimal preparation.   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kobes-Kreations/167977513288403  T,W,S

Landis Gourmet Mushrooms – Landis Gourmet Mushrooms is located in the basement of an old cotton mill that sat vacant for years. They grow three strains of oyster mushrooms and shitakes. T,S

Lomax Incubator -This incubator farm works much like a business incubator. Individuals interested in starting a business as a farmer can enroll in the program which provides classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands–on experience on the farm. T,W,S

Microfarm Organic Gardens – Organically grown heirloom seedlings and urban farm services including organic garden design, rain harvesting systems, chicken coops and more.   http://www.microfarmgardens.com  S

Monk’s Groovy Beans – Monk’s Groovy Beans is a specialty micro-roasted coffee company located in Fort Mill, SC. Monk’s passion is seeking the finest, green coffee beans from top-notch producers all over Mother Earth, and to keep Mother Earth happy, we choose only fair trade and certified organic beans.  Monk’s Passion for groovy coffee continues as we stay one step ahead in the industry by embracing the latest coffee trends, consulting importing partners as well as industry veterans, and fine-tuning our roasts and blends by our most favorite method: cupping coffee constantly.  http://www.monksgroovybeans.com/ T,W,S

Ohh-lio Express – A mobile taproom serving the Carolina’s with the freshest exotic cooking oils and flavor-infused vinegars.  http://www.ohhlioexpress.com/  S

Pickleville – Kosher-Deli Style pickles, pickled peppers & veggies, fresh salsas, Cajun spices, mixes, and snacks.  http://www.pickleville.net or http://www.facebook.com/pickleville    T,W,S

Proffitt Family Cattle Co. – Proffitt Family Cattle Co. raises 100% Pasture finished grass fed beef on certified USDA Organic pastures.  Their farm is Animal Welfare Approved and their cattle are never fed any corn or grain products. No hormones or antibiotics and guaranteed to be tender.  Come see why their beef is award winning and known as the best beef in town!  http://proffittfarms.com/  S

Rio Bertolini’s Pasta – Ever changing and seasonal menu of fresh cut raviolis, pasta, and gnocchi.  http://www.riobertolinispasta.com/   T,S

Round Table Creations – Creations offers ridiculously tasty gourmet brioche rolls, authentic Italian pastries as well as whole grain breads and whole wheat pierogies.  All our products are made from scratch, with local organic ingredients and recipes passed down through generations.  http://www.facebook.com/RoundTableCreations  T, S

Simply Local – Simply Local is a retail grocery within Atherton Market. She offers great local foods and goods that are otherwise not available at Atherton Market or often at other area markets.  With more than 20 cheeses, milk, butter, ice cream, sauces, kits, snacks, and even peanut butter, you are guaranteed a one-stop shopping experience!  Watch for a cheese feature each month at Simply Local throughout 2012. January’s feature is a 5yr aged cheddar from Ashe County Cheese Co. February’s feature will be a marinated chevre from Goat Lady Dairy.   http://www.facebook.com/SimplyLocal T,W,S

SkyeTurtle Designs – SkyeTurtle Designs at Atherton Market offers personally handcrafted jewelry using genuine materials and nutricious homemade organic dog treats.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/SkyeTurtle-Designs/151994301501410 T,W,S

Urbana Teas – Looseleaf teas to in a variety of blends to invigorate you or soothe your spirit.  From organic to rare to perfect for every day, you can create urbana wherever you are.  http://www.urbanatea.com/  S

Verve – Hand-poured soy candles in various fragrances.  http://www.pamatverve.blogspot.com/   T,W,S

Vin Master – Vin Master is a retail wine store that focuses on natural wines.  http://thevinmaster.com/ T,S

Windy Hill Farm – Windy Hill Farm offers local & naturally-raised pork, beef, chicken, lamb, duck and eggs produced on their small family farm in New London, NC. You can pre-order your meats and eggs at their online store or swing by the market and see what’s available. http://www.WindyHillFarmNC.com  T,W,S

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