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Start your Saturday at Atherton Market

The following is the weekly newsletter from Lynn Caldwell, Manager of the Atherton Market. It’s an incredible feature to have a year round, in-door market in South End that now takes EBT. I appreciate all the hard work from Lynn and the vendors to make this happen! To subscribe to the Atherton Market Newsletter click here. Check out the details for this week and make note that the market is going through some renovations and only open on Tuesdays 3-7pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm. They will be announcing new market days and hours soon.

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?It is almost time to say goodbye to June!  Hard to believe that summer is in full swing, but the abundance of squash last weekend confirmed the change of season.  We are already “dumping” mounds of squash onto our Farmer Foodshare recipient organizations, but they are making good use of it in squash casseroles and roasted side dishes.  Summer is a time when there are few “keeper” crops coming in, though with a little harvest preservation, you can be eating tomatoes and blueberries in December.Here’s a great squash recipe from Little House School Cook Bookvia Our State Magazine:

Squash Fritters

  • 2 cups yellow or      zucchini squash, grated
  • ¼ cup onion,      chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons      self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons      butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil      for cooking

Mix together squash, onions, salt, pepper, and flour. Add eggs and butter, and mix thoroughly. Heat oil in skillet or frying pan. Drop by tablespoonfulls into skillet or pan, and sauté until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels before serving.  Done.

If you were one of the many who tried to make a reservation for the last sold out Modern Dinner, we’re offering another opportunity with a similar menu on Sunday, July 22.  This SIX course meal includes wine and gratuity for $75.  Get more details here.  Underground dinners are hot events that are growing in popularity.  You too can be on the cutting edge!  Only 20 seats are available so don’t piddle around and miss out.

With the heat cranking up and the current dry spell, you are probably wondering what to do about watering your garden.  Pat Farrell of Little Gnome Garden has the following tip:  It is not how often you water that really matters.  The roots need to be firm, healthy and established.  Frequent watering will generate roots that are short and undeveloped.  Encourage long roots, to hold lots of water with long, slow watering – ideally with a soaker hose or drip irrigation.  Plants in raised beds and pots will require more frequent watering.   For more planting and growing tips, sign up for classes at the Little Gnome Garden booth located by the Charlotte Trolley car.

We’ve got some fun events coming up – stay tuned to the newsletter next week for a July calendar and some fantastic education opportunities.  We’ll be offering classes in house taught by our resident experts, classes in conjunction with Friendship Gardens, and of course we’re proud to continue our partnership with the Carolina Learning Connection.   Marc Chavaree is on hand Saturday mornings to get you signed up for an adventure in lifelong learning- you get a special deal for signing up in person!

It’s that time of year again – time to vote for us in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets competition!  It only takes a moment to vote and then you can also order a “No Farms, No Food” bumper sticker.

On Saturday a friend of mine came to the market for the first time.  She was excited by what she found, and while the school year makes shopping a challenge she’s hoping to get “addicted” so that it becomes an irresistible part of her year-round routine.  If you haven’t been to see us in a while come see what you’ve been missing.  And bring a friend.  You’ll be glad you did.

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

Market Vendors

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

Note that Essential Soap and North 40 Farm are taking a brief break to catch up after the holiday season.  Also – look for exciting new vendor news coming soon!

We also host a variety of artisans and food trucks weekly – stay tuned to our Facebook page and read your newsletter for updates.  Share this with your friends, and bring them along to the market!  See you soon.

Keeping it fresh and local,

Lynn S. Caldwell Atherton Market Manager http://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket

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